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Business & Development

Published November 2, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The third time coming before the City Council, a proposal for a new roof for the North End Fire Station was approved, with some hesitation.

The city’s engineering firm, Anderson Eckstein and Westrick, worked with the Fire Department on the request for proposal after problems arose from the first two bidding processes dating back nearly six months.

This time, requests were put out for bids for a rubber roof like that which is currently on the station, as well as a metal roof. 

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Published November 2, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When the lot was packed gravel, rainwater would just run off, into Harper Avenue, into the storm drains and eventually into the lake.

With that runoff went oils, heavy metals and other dirt and debris carried by cars and their engines.

So when the city had an opportunity to improve the parking lot, and help Lake St. Clair and the environment at the same time, they jumped at the chance.

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Published November 2, 2016

DETROIT — Since 2006, community action group ARISE Detroit! has worked to build a sense of momentum and bring people together by helping them build up and improve the city of Detroit. 

One of the biggest steps the group takes each year is its annual Neighborhood Rising Summit every November. This one-day event features a variety of discussions, panels and classes to teach attendees how they can join or start initiatives to improve the community, or how an existing group can improve its effectiveness.

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Published November 2, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield City Council struck down a plan recently that would have allowed the Kroger at Evergreen and 12 Mile to build a fuel center.

At the Oct. 24 City Council meeting, David Koppenhafer, senior real estate manager for Kroger, and attorney Dennis Cowan, representing the property owner, Phillippi SPE LLC, requested that the council approve a special use request that would allow for a new Kroger Fuel Center development on the corner of west 12 Mile and Evergreen roads, in the Evergreen Shopping Center.

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Published November 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission voted unanimously last week in favor of approving a three-month extension with a team interested in developing city-owned property on the south side of downtown.

Commissioners gave their collective nod to Burton-Katzman LLC on Oct. 24, allowing an extension of an exclusivity agreement that the firm has with the city to construct a mixed-use development on the parking lots at 600 and 700 South Main St.

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Published November 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners voted unanimously last week to move forward with engineering and development plans for a potential $100 million Royal Oak Civic Center development in place of the current City Hall.

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Published November 1, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council unanimously approved a site recommendation for a potential mixed-use parking structure in the downtown.

Council approved the Downtown Parking Committee’s recommendation of Lot No. 6, which is located at the southeast corner of West Troy Street and Allen Road.

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Published November 1, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council gave a final OK to a property tax exemption to help an incoming business rehabilitate its new location.

The business, All European Auto, first received council approval at the council’s July 11 meeting to establish the site, located at 1450 Jarvis St., as an Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act, or OPRA, district.

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Published November 1, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley Planning Commission originally was expected to review a draft of a new master plan amendment at its Oct. 25 meeting, but it decided to go in a different, unannounced direction.

The agenda said there would be a discussion about a draft for a new master plan amendment and that the commission would “consider forwarding the draft recommendation for master plan amendment to the City Council for review and comment.”

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Published October 31, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — For its ongoing efforts in educating its resident physicians on domestic violence and sexual assault, McLaren Macomb’s Department of Graduate Medical Education was recently honored with the 2016 Tracy Minnella Award.

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Published October 27, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council endorsed the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society Museum’s renovation project during the council meeting Oct. 18.

Although the request for the endorsement was approved, Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr. stated that he would vote no during the roll call. He wanted more information on the project.

“I think this should’ve been tabled, so I’m voting no,” said DeMonaco Jr.

The council voted 4-1 to endorse the project.

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Published October 25, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Beaumont Health received the first go-ahead needed to move forward with a $38 million development project on the site of the shuttered Northwood Shopping Plaza.

With a split vote of 4-3 Oct. 10, city commissioners approved up to $3.7 million in Brownfield development credits requested by Beaumont Health to remediate and develop its 15-acre parcel at the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road.

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Published October 19, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Residents and local organizations will be banding together to better Bonnie Acres this week. 

Southfield’s Neighborhood Services Committee is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Oakland County for the Rock the Block program Oct. 20-21 in the neighborhood, which is in the area of Greenfield and 12 Mile. 

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Published October 17, 2016

WARREN — On a 4.6-acre site near Warren City Hall, where a dilapidated motel once stood on Van Dyke in the shadow of the General Motors Technical Center, rows of shimmering new cars are lined up for sale.

Dealer Greg Jackson’s new Prestige Tech Center Cadillac, the first retail location in the country to sport the iconic brand’s transformed image tied to its Project Pinnacle program, is open for business.

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Published October 14, 2016

Maple Lane Golf Club in Sterling Heights will eventually be transformed into a redesigned golf course with an accompanying housing community for senior residents, according to plans from Moceri Cos.

Moceri Cos., which specializes in building and development and is based in Auburn Hills, has announced plans to build a housing development near Maple Lane Drive called Verandas, which will also contain a senior living development called Blossom Lane. Verandas is expected to be a $300 million project, according to a company press release.

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Published October 12, 2016

BERKLEY — A local restaurant’s plans to rezone an area to create more parking space was denied unanimously by the Berkley City Council at its Oct. 3 meeting.

The matter before the council was to conditionally rezone Lots 306, 307, 308 and the east 20 feet of Lot 305 in the city from a single-family residential district to a parking district.

Vinsetta Garage, 27799 Woodward Ave., brought the rezoning request to council in order to obtain more parking space by tearing down homes that the restaurant bought on Oxford Street.

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Published October 12, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Although offices are still being built inside, some doctors have already started to move into a new medical office building on the campus of Beaumont Hospital-Grosse Pointe at 468 Cadieux Road.

A Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce event at the building Oct. 4 also served as an early ribbon-cutting ceremony, as the first doctors start to open practices there. Cardiologists were slated to move into the building this week, and pulmonary doctors were slated to follow.

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Published October 12, 2016

DETROIT — Detroit’s comeback has been aided, in no small part, by the entrepreneurs who have worked to establish new businesses in the city.

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Published October 12, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Forget what you used to know about ReStore Farmington.

After a recent grand reopening at the store, 28575 Grand River Ave. in Farmington Hills, Julie Nemeth, marketing and public relations consultant of ReStore Farmington, said there have been major improvements and renovations. 

“People have a preconceived notion about what it was before. We want to get rid of that,” she said during an interview at the store Oct. 7. 

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Published October 12, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A segment of Clinton Township is continuing to see improvement, or at least that’s the hope.

On Sept. 19, a more thorough neighborhood revitalization plan, or NRP, was presented to the Board of Trustees regarding the area near Gratiot Avenue and 15 Mile Road.

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