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Business & Development

Published March 1, 2017

BERKLEY — The Berkley Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will hold a meeting concerning the Oxford Park property and wants residents in attendance to make their voices heard.

The meeting will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, at the Berkley Community Center, 2400 Robina Ave. The board is looking to hear comments on the planned use of the park space, which is located east of Merchants Park on Cambridge Road between Oakshire and Bacon avenues.

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Published March 1, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A piece of history will come down this year when the Roy O’Brien Ford dealership on Nine Mile Road and Greater Mack Avenue continues its renovations with the removal of  the original building, which dates back to the early 1900s.

Mark O’Brien said that the building was originally home to a Hupmobile dealership, an automobile built from 1909 through 1939 by the Hupp Motor Car Co.

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Published March 1, 2017

TROY — A number of residents urged the Troy Planning Commission to recommend denial of a rezoning needed to build a three-story E-Z Mini Storage on 1.8 acres south of Long Lake Road, west of Livernois Road. 

After a public hearing at its Feb. 14 meeting, the Planning Commission voted 7-1 to recommend approval of the conditional rezoning from single-family residential to a neighborhood node zoning, which is how the site, surrounded by single-family residential lots, is designated in the city’s master plan. 

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Published March 1, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Despite plans to build a new, larger visitor center and consolidate staffers in a new administrative building, officials at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House insist there are no plans to ramp up the schedule of activities at the historic estate.

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Published February 28, 2017

ROCHESTER — Those looking for an excuse to shop in downtown Rochester this month can get some retail therapy while earning a chance to win one of four downtown shopping sprees.

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority is hosting its fourth annual Mad Money March event, which DDA Events Coordinator Stephanie Hellebuyck said is an incentive to spend dollars in downtown Rochester by entering people in a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000, a $500, or one of two $250 shopping sprees.

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Published February 22, 2017

FERNDALE — The City Council agreed Feb. 13 to a developer’s brownfield plan application to receive millions in reimbursement expenses for a mixed-use apartment building.

The project, called 409 on Nine and developed by Wolf River Development Co., is a four-story, mixed-use building with 127 apartments, more than 5,500 square feet of retail and office space, 130 parking spaces on-site for all residential units, and green space at the street front. It’s located at 371 to 475 E. Nine Mile Road.

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Published February 22, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Beautification Commission recognized residents and Michigan First Credit Union at the commission’s 2016 Landscape Awards Feb. 15.

Eastpointe City Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr., the council liaison for the Beautification Commission, explained why the city enjoys giving out these awards.

“We work on putting events like this together to recognize all the residents that do great things throughout the city to keep their property clean, and that’s what we recognize today,” said DeMonaco.

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Published February 22, 2017

ROCHESTER — A number of new businesses have recently set up shop in downtown Rochester, and many more are in the works, according to the Rochester Downtown Development Authority.

Mi State of Mind — a new store and brand specializing in Michigan-themed apparel, home goods, food and more — has opened at 408 S. Main St., in the space formerly occupied by Subway.

Rochester native Andy Buss, 28, and his wife, Bailey, 26, came up with the idea for the brand back in the summer of 2014.

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Published February 22, 2017

TROY — The numerous residents who oppose plans for a three- to five-story, 140-unit apartment complex on the east side of McClure Drive will have a chance to air their views to the City Council soon. 

The Planning Commission voted 7-0 Feb. 14 to recommend for approval a conditional rezoning of 2.57 acres north of Big Beaver Road, west of Crooks Road, from one-family residential to a Big Beaver form-based district, with stipulations. Planning Commissioner Philip Sanzica was absent from the meeting.

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Published February 22, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Business leaders from across the region attended the fifth annual Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14 at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel joined Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development Director John Paul Rea to recognize the award winners.

JEM Tech Group in Clinton Township won the Efficiency Expert award.

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Published February 21, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Rezoning for a $33 million development was approved last week, bringing a Beaumont lifestyle community closer to reality.

The City Commission greenlighted a planned unit development designation for the shuttered former Northwood Shopping Plaza at the southwest corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, and the adjacent Belle Court Apartments, during its Feb. 13 regular meeting.

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Published February 21, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Despite a core neighborhood group’s opposition to a high-density, luxury apartment building proposal, the project will move forward following unanimous approval.

City commissioners voted in favor of the Harrison II development agreement during the commission’s Feb. 13 regular meeting.

The Harrison II would complement the Harrison I and would be located to the north of the existing development on East Harrison Avenue.

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Published February 21, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Although Grosse Pointe City leaders and others have said that residents in the Grosse Pointes have been clamoring for a local hotel for years, attendees of a presentation from three potential Village hotel developers seemed to share the opposite view.

A crowd estimated at more than 150 packed Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church for a presentation in front of the City Council Feb. 13, with many in the audience expressing concerns about building a hotel in downtown Grosse Pointe.

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Published February 16, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — Business leaders from across the region attended the fifth annual Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14 at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel joined Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development Director John Paul Rea to recognize the award winners.

R&E Automated Systems in Macomb Township won the Champion of Workforce Development award.

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Published February 15, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A proposal to redevelop the Tennis House building and property — at 360 Moselle Place — into a small condominium complex will be in front of the Grosse Pointe Farms City Council for final site plan approval next month.

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Published February 15, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — That longstanding belief about the Grosse Pointes being unable to handle any additional commercial development because of their small size and location on Lake St. Clair — making them inaccessible from one side except by boat — just got thrown out.

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Published February 14, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — A major company is cutting ties with Southfield.

Microsoft Corp. announced Feb. 3 a plan to move its Michigan Technology Center from 2000 Town Center in Southfield to downtown Detroit in early 2018.

During the announcement, Microsoft was also joined by representatives of Bedrock LLC, the real estate company heading the move.

Microsoft will move its operations from Southfield to Bedrock’s One Campus Martius building, which also houses Quicken Loans.

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Published February 14, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — More than a year after a new zoning classification was made — and granted to a portion of the property of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House — City Council voted Feb. 6 to clarify the language in the rezoning motion.

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Published February 14, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Residents throughout Eastpointe have seen progress being made at the former Colonial Dodge site along Stephens Road and Gratiot Avenue.

Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane explained the progress on the west side of the development site, where DriveTime Car Sales will have its first dealership in Michigan.

“The city sold the property a couple years ago. Now we have two new developments going on over there. The west side one that was approved by the Planning Commission and council last fall is DriveTime Car Sales,” said Duchane.

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Published February 9, 2017

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The $40 million Proton Therapy Center slated to open this spring at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, the resurgence of Pontiac and local investment took center stage when Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson delivered his State of the County address Feb. 8.

Patterson, in his seventh term as county executive, spoke to an audience of over 600 at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac.

“Did you know Beaumont Health has become Oakland County’s largest employer, with over 17,000 full-time employees in our county?” Patterson said.

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