Business & Development

Published January 10, 2017

BERKLEY — Since its indefinite closure in the fall, the Berkley Ice Arena, 2300 Robina Ave., has been a hot topic in the city.

Hoping to solve the issue behind its closure, along with other problems relating to infrastructure, the city has set up a 15-member citizens advisory committee to help make improvements in that area.

The committee, composed only of residents, is tasked with reviewing information about the conditions of city roads and buildings, and to submit recommendations to help city officials make changes or take actions pertaining to those issues.

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Published January 5, 2017

HARPER WOODS — Macy’s has announced that it will close its department store in Eastland Center by the end of 2017.

It is one of four Macy’s stores in Michigan, and one of 68 stores nationwide, on a list for closure released Jan. 4. Macy’s stated that the closures were due to declining revenues, particularly after a less-than-robust holiday shopping season for the chain in 2016.

The department store has been a popular shopping destination for residents of Harper Woods, Detroit, the Grosse Pointes and Macomb County for many years.

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Published January 4, 2017

A developer known in the community for clear-cutting thousands of trees on various parcels to develop high-end detached condominiums now plans to preserve natural spaces and mature trees while building 20 homes on 9.4 acres at the southwest intersection of Long Lake and Beach roads.

Joe Maniaci, of Mondrian Properties, presented a preliminary site plan to the Troy Planning Commission Dec. 13, 2016, under new cluster development zoning guidelines, which the Troy City Council unanimously adopted in October.

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Published January 4, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Flying through the air, pretending to be an airplane may look like all fun and games, but at Beaumont Children’s Center - Southfield, it’s actually a form of learning.

On Dec. 21, former Detroit Red Wings player Ted Lindsay gathered with Beaumont doctors and staff of to celebrate the opening of the center, 30503 Greenfield Road.

The new center helps children with autism, speech and language delays, and other developmental issues. The center in Southfield is now open and treating patients. Lindsay donated $1 million to the center.

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Published January 4, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Plans for a voter-approved park at the shuttered Normandy Oaks Golf Course will move forward in the new year.

The plan to make progress was reinforced unanimously Dec. 19 when commissioners said that they will no longer delay designing and developing the park and will direct the city administration to begin the process to select a landscape architect for both the Normandy Oaks site and the proposed downtown civic center park.

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Published January 3, 2017

ROSEVILLE/WARREN — State Rep. John Chirkun, D-Roseville, testified before the Michigan Strategic Fund in Lansing Dec. 20 and urged it to approve a tax incentive for a $39 million Lipari Foods project, located at 26700 Bunert Road in Warren, that should create more than 330 jobs.

The Michigan Strategic Fund supported the tax incentive.

“The MSF approved a $1.9 million tax capture to remediate property that previously housed automotive salvage yards,” a press release from Chirkun states.

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Published December 31, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County has introduced its first 24/7 urgent behavioral health care center that provides support 365 days a year.

The Urgent Behavioral Health Care Center, or UBHC, has been providing this constant support to adults and children experiencing psychiatric or emotional crisis since opening its doors in Clinton Township on Oct. 25.

The goal of the UBHC is to help people return home safely, in most cases without the need for psychiatric hospitalization.

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Published December 28, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — A new martini bar is coming to the Village — where it will occupy the space that formerly housed the closed Green Zone Pizza — but its hours of operation have yet to be determined.

The Old Pony Martini Pub is expected to open at 17008 Kercheval Ave. in 2017, but its owner was hoping to remain open until 2 a.m. The City’s ordinances, however, only allow bars and restaurants to remain open until midnight.

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Published December 28, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A “wonderful Christmas present for the city” came five days early and with a $1.5 million price tag.

A charitable remainder trust that owned a 100-foot-wide by 550-foot-deep piece of property along Lake St. Clair — south of Veterans Memorial Park and immediately south of the Lac Ste. Claire Villas — has signed it over to the city of St. Clair Shores while forgiving all payments on the property, valued at around $1.5 million.

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Published December 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The Detroit Zoological Society finalized plans for a new, green parking lot to help accommodate the destination’s rising attendance.

The 215-space parking lot is located off Woodward Avenue near the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, and zoo officials said it is the largest permeable pavement lot in Oakland County.

Officials said the parking lot utilizes a progressive, green design that incorporates permeable pavement, which reduces stormwater runoff and filters pollutants to improve water quality.

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Published December 21, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The “Center of It All” was recognized for its efforts in bettering the community recently.

A handful of city and local officials, in addition to representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. met Dec. 9 at Arbor Lofts, 20300 Civic Center Drive, to announce Southfield’s certification as a Redevelopment Ready Community.

In addition to Lathrup Village, which was certified late last year, Southfield follows Allegan, Boyne City, Eastpointe, Roseville, Ypsilanti, Muskegon and Marshall in obtaining the certification.

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Published December 20, 2016

FERNDALE — With Ferndale looking to build a new mixed-use parking structure starting in 2017, city officials met with residents Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Ferndale Area District Library to answer questions on the deck and what the city will do with the space.

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Published December 20, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The popularly attended drag queen bingo will have a new home next year after receiving plenty of support to move into the vacated Pronto! Corner Store at the corner of Washington Avenue and Sixth Street.

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Published December 20, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Hospital officials are heralding the recent completion of a $1.2 million renovation of the Crittenton Hospital emergency department. 

The new facility is focused on “getting waiting time down and service standards up to the best in Oakland County,” said Margaret Dimond, Crittenton chief executive officer.

“So the patient is triaged and treated in minutes,” Dimond said. The changes will “ensure that patients are seen, treated and followed up by phone so they understand all their discharge instructions.”

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Published December 14, 2016

HARPER WOODS — When the Chase Bank on Kelly Road closed in 2015, many residents voiced their displeasure, as it was one of the few places nearby that could suit their financial needs. Others were saddened to see a business in their community close. 

Recently, however, the property has been given new life as a community center owned by a local nonprofit organization called Lifebuilders.

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Published December 14, 2016

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — A new year means new plans, and Clawson residents need to act fast for their input to count when it comes to development in their community.

Clawson residents are invited to voice their opinions by the end of the week on the growth of the community through a short online survey for the city’s master plan. The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Clawson MasterPlan. A link to the survey is provided on the city’s website.

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Published December 14, 2016

CLAWSON — Mayor Penny Luebs says one of the reasons generations of families remain in the community is because the city allows residents to age in place.

“It is a phenomenon in Clawson that people who live here stay here,” she said, adding that when kids go away to college or move early in life, the majority of the time, they return. “So, neighbors do know neighbors in Clawson, and truly we are a community for a lifetime.”

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Published December 12, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — After standing vacant for more than 2 1/2 years, the Emerald Theatre in downtown Mount Clemens will come back to life on Dec. 15 with a live show benefiting local children’s hospitals.

The highly awaited event, titled Blaine’s Not So Silent Nite, will feature performances by Blue October, Wrabel and Blaine Fowler in #TheBlaineFowlerExperience. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Owner and developer John Hanna, from Hanna Development and Management in Royal Oak, said he’s teamed up with 96.3 WDVD for this inaugural show.

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Published December 7, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council approved the demolition of a home, contingent on a judge’s ruling, that has had more than 20 code enforcement violations since 2010.

From 2010 to 2016, the home, located at 465 E. Hazelhurst St., was given 22 code enforcement violations. Since 2009, the last year that the city believes the home was occupied, the home has had incidents ranging from fires, flooding, mold and vermin infestation.

The condemnation plan for the home began in August 2015, which the Oakland County Circuit Court approved this past August.

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Published December 7, 2016

Derek Mikulski wants to raise the bar on home fitness routines in metro Detroit and beyond, and he is seeking crowdfunding to get it done.

Mikulski, founder and inventor of the ActivMotion Bar exercise device, hopes to raise at least $50,000 toward growing his business, creating jobs in Macomb County and putting together fitness materials surrounding his product, he said. At press time, the campaign had raised just over $24,000.

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