Business & Development

Published September 7, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The historically and architecturally interesting building known as the Tennis House will retain its landmark presence in the community, but it likely will soon have a new use: housing condominium units.

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Published September 7, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Wayne County approval of a brownfield plan is going to be a big boost to the Fresh Farms Market expansion and renovation.

On Sept. 1, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of a brownfield plan that provides what the store’s owners say is needed funding for environmental remediation. Located at 355 Fisher Road in Grosse Pointe City, the store is an anchor in the City’s small but vital Fisher Road business district.

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Published September 7, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It’s a situation many women are familiar with: All dressed up for a wedding or party, hours on their feet, and it’s inevitable — the shoes come off.

That happened to Linda Allen and her friends when they were at a wedding in Las Vegas a few years ago. 

“At the end of the night, everyone, the women were all walking with their shoes in their hands because they’d been on their feet all day,” she said. 

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Published September 7, 2016

The new 16-acre park on Livernois Road, just north of Big Beaver Road, which will house a long-awaited dog park, got an official name — the P. Terry and Barbara Knight Park.

The dog park portion will be called the Daisy Knight Dog Park.

Earlier this spring, Barbara Knight donated $100,000 to the park in memory and recognition of her husband, P. Terry Knight.

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Published September 7, 2016

ROSEVILLE — After years of having his company in Saginaw, Kevin Hess, president of AHB Tooling & Machinery Inc., decided to bring the headquarters back to his hometown. 

Hess began his journey in 1978 at Detroit Saw Co. learning the sales trade of supplying cutting tools and band saw blades to customers in Roseville, Warren and the east side of Macomb County. 

“I was actually a field sales person in the industry, years and years ago,” said Hess.

As he built up a customer base, Hess’ boss sold the business. 

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Published September 7, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The corner of Rochester and Auburn roads will see a new drive-in Culver’s restaurant soon, said city officials, and a new office building will be built on South Boulevard. 

The 4,062-square-foot Culver’s will be located near the existing Meijer store at the intersection’s southeast corner, next to The Stone Shop.

Owner Andrew Zielke said the new Culver’s will not be as large as most of the chain’s other restaurants.

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Published September 1, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — In the last phase of the planning process, Southfield officials and OHM Advisors have revealed a master plan for the former Northland Center site, 21500 Northwestern Highway.

OHM Advisors is the firm selected to develop a conceptual, market-driven master redevelopment plan for the Northland Center site.

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Published August 31, 2016

BERKLEY — In lieu of its monthly meeting, the Berkley Planning Commission held an open house with residents to have a free-form discussion about the city’s master plan and residential land use.

The conversation about the master plan and its 2015 amendment began near the beginning of the summer after resident uproar over a possible form-based code.

After the city dropped the code issue from discussion, residents turned their attention to the 2015 master plan amendment that laid out a vision for residential land use in the city​.

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Published August 31, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — You could say these are signs of the times.

Beaumont Hospital-Grosse Pointe — which has been undergoing a flurry of construction and expansion on its property at 468 Cadieux Road over the last couple of years — is getting new signs to go along with the new hospital campus.

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Published August 31, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The preliminary plan for an 89-unit addition to the Legacy Estates development located at North Avenue and 22 Mile Road was approved during August Planning Commission and Board of Trustees meetings.

The addition, Enclave at Legacy Estates, will feature 89 single-family site condominium lots with floor plans and pricing similar to that of the Preserves portion of Legacy.

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Published August 31, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The owners of upscale J. Baldwin’s Restaurant in Clinton Township are expanding their business ventures into Macomb Township.

Jeff and Rose Baldwin will be opening Testa Barra, an establishment rooted in Italian cuisine, this February. The co-owners appeared before the Macomb Township Board of Trustees Aug. 24 to obtain pre-approval for a liquor license, which they successfully received.

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Published August 31, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Renovations at a local restaurant have hit a roadblock, but the owner is plunging ahead to make sure part of the plan will still beautify the eatery and the Nautical Mile.

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Published August 30, 2016

The city’s new master plan will aim to address the needs of an aging population that wants to stay in Troy.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved the plan Aug. 22 — an update that officials say will promote more density in strategic locations, offer more housing and transportation options, create walkable locations and protect existing neighborhoods.

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Published August 26, 2016

HAZEL PARK — For decades, Doug’s Delight was a cherished fixture in the city of Hazel Park — a walk-up shop selling ice cream and comfort food at the corner of John R Road and West Annabelle Avenue, just north of Woodward Heights Boulevard. But then the owner died unexpectedly two years ago, and it’s been closed ever since.

This didn’t sit right with chef James Rigato, owner of nearby Mabel Gray. He began thinking about ways he could help restore Doug’s Delight to greatness. 

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Published August 24, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — City leaders are hoping to prevent certain types of businesses — such as gas stations that sell liquor — as well as more carefully control medical establishments in the largely residential city of Grosse Pointe Park.

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Published August 24, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Nestled in downtown Farmington, near the corner of Farmington Road and Grand River Avenue, is 156 years of history.

The Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, 23720 Farmington Road, has made Farmington home since 1850 — when the city itself was just 26 years old.

Inside his grand, historic office on a balmy summer day Aug. 19, Mark Ziegler, funeral home president, discussed why he considers it a privilege for his family to serve the people of Farmington for the past seven generations.

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Published August 24, 2016

Changes to Troy’s zoning laws that would allow more homes to be built closer together on parcels in order to preserve green spaces and natural features will move forward after the Planning Commission discussed the new guidelines Aug. 9.

The Planning Commission, by consensus, directed city staff to schedule a public hearing on the zoning text amendment for the enhanced cluster option in coming weeks. A date had not been selected by press time.

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Published August 24, 2016

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FARMINGTON HILLS/DETROIT — While no new transit lines will be added to the city of Farmington Hills under the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan master plan, residents — and people who work in the city — can expect to see a number of expansions that could impact their commute. 

During an Aug. 8 Farmington Hills City Council meeting, Tiffany Gunter, chief operations officer and deputy CEO for the RTA, gave a slide presentation and reviewed a few updates within the master plan.

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Published August 24, 2016

FRASER — A building that has provided both housing and nervous contention seems to be in a good spot, according to a high-ranking public official.

During Fraser’s Aug. 11 council meeting, State Rep. Marilyn Lane, D-Fraser, delivered a presentation regarding the future of Fraser’s senior housing complex.

The three-story, 75-unit building is located across from the Fraser Activity Center, off 15 Mile Road and west of Utica Road.

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Published August 24, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Developers plan to build a four-story hotel on Marketplace Circle, off Adams Road.

Woodspring Suites will be located just east of the Meijer store.

“We are excited about getting started,” said Woodspring Suites Senior Vice President of Development Scott Bixle at the Aug. 8 Rochester Hills City Council meeting. “We would like to get going on this as quickly as we can.”

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