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Business & Development

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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Published February 8, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS/GROSSE POINTE CITY — Although longtime owner Pat Brinker will no longer be the constant presence she was at The League Shop, new owner Patrick Fabian has talked her into staying connected to the beloved longtime business.

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Published February 8, 2017

FARMINGTON — Downtown Farmington is a bit flashier with the recent installation of a rapid flashing beacon, which allows for smoother unsignaled crosswalk crossings for pedestrians.

The city installed the new crosswalk safety feature at Farmington Road near State Street after a number of residents voiced their opinions about what they deemed to be dangerous unsignaled crosswalks downtown.

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Published February 8, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — For more than four decades, Pat Brinker had the inside scoop on some of the happiest moments in her community.

As the owner of The League Shop on the Hill, she helped countless customers pick out plaques for graduations, china patterns for weddings, baby gifts for expectant parents, decorative items for first — or second, or third — homes, and anniversary presents to mark those relationship milestones.

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Published February 6, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Residents will soon have a new reason to cheer, as the city welcomes its first semi-pro team to the field at Royal Oak High School.

The Oakland County Football Club announced late last month that it is moving its semi-professional soccer organization from Rochester Hills to Royal Oak to bring fresh entertainment and action to the city.

“I think it’s exciting,” said Royal Oak Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids, adding that it fills a void in the city in the sports team category.

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Published February 1, 2017

TROY — The Troy City Council unanimously approved a site plan Jan. 23 for 20 homes on 9.4 acres at the southwest intersection of Long Lake and Beach roads, the first plan submitted under new development zoning guidelines.

Joe Maniaci, of Mondrian Properties — a developer known in the community for clear-cutting thousands of trees on various parcels to develop high-end detached condominiums — said he plans to preserve natural spaces and mature trees for this project. 

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Published February 1, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Closing time for bars and restaurants that serve alcohol is about to get later in Grosse Pointe City.

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Published February 1, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — A small boutique hotel in the Grosse Pointes — something that’s been a dream of officials and residents for many years — is getting closer to becoming a reality.

During a Jan. 23 City Council meeting, City Manager Pete Dame said the City had received three proposals from developers for a possible hotel in the Village.

“Staff has been reviewing those and meeting with the developers,” as well as asking for clarification and more information, he told the council.

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Published February 1, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY/DETROIT — The 125th anniversary of the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce was celebrated Jan. 25 with the group’s annual meeting at Mirage Elegant Banquets and Catering, 16980 18 Mile Road in Clinton Township.

This year’s main speaker was Matthew Cullen, a principal of Rock Ventures LLC and CEO of Jack Entertainment. The Detroit-based Rock Ventures serves and connects Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert with more than 100 companies, along with investments, real estate purchases and community activities.

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Published January 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — City officials voted last week in favor of moving forward with design plans for a $100 million Royal Oak city center development that will include a stand-alone City Hall.

The unanimous decision to move forward with design plans no longer showing City Hall as a condominium occupying two floors within a mixed-use office building was reached during the commission’s Jan. 23 meeting.

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Published January 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners unanimously extended an exclusivity agreement Jan. 23 to develop city-owned property on South Main Street.

The commission voted to grant a third extension to Burton-Katzman LLC for an additional 120 days, and listened to changes from an original concept for the city-owned properties located at 600 and 700 S. Main St.

“Due to increased interest from office tenants and a hotel tenant, they have decided to change the footprint of the project,” said Todd Fenton, Royal Oak economic development manager.

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Published January 31, 2017

BERKLEY — For the first time since 2007, Berkley has hired someone to head up its Downtown Development Authority.

The hiring of Vivian Carmody, a Detroit resident who works as a brand strategist at Carmody Consulting, was approved by the City Council at its Jan. 23 meeting. Her first day of work as DDA director is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 6.

The DDA has not been able to hire a new head for the past 10 years, as the bulk of its resources were tied to funding bond payments for a project, according to City Manager Matthew Baumgarten.

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