Business & Development

Published October 3, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — South off 13 Mile Road on Barrington Avenue, about 1 1/2 blocks down on the east side, there’s a quarter-acre plot of land called Gravel Park. It’s little known and seldom used, featuring a limited tree canopy decimated by the emerald ash borer, and no playscape since the prior one was removed and never replaced.

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Published September 27, 2016

FARMINGTON — The deal is finally done.

After years of anticipation, the Farmington Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the sale of the Maxfield Training Center for $1.2 million to AC Acquisitions to develop about 163 apartments and seven townhomes.

The vote came during a school board meeting Sept. 20.

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Published September 27, 2016

ROCHESTER — The public will get a chance to relive scenes from their favorite classic movies during the Rochester Posed event.

The fourth annual event invites downtown Rochester businesses to turn their storefront windows into live mannequin displays modeled after classic movies 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6.

“We have everything from Harry Potter to Forrest Gump to Marilyn Monroe, so it will be a good mix,” said Stephanie Hellebuyck, events coordinator for the Rochester Downtown Development Authority.

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Published September 26, 2016

Proposed requirements for manicured landscaping could make Sterling Heights businesses more attractive, according to some Sterling Heights City Council members.

On Sept. 20, the City Council unanimously voted to introduce a proposal to make landscaping standards on nonresidential properties more stringent in exchange for loosening requirements to install potentially superfluous parking spaces. However, the proposed regulations are not officially approved yet, and they will reappear before the council for consideration at a future council meeting.

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Published September 21, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — His family is synonymous with professional sports in Detroit, and now Grosse Pointer Atanas Ilitch could be helping the next generation of young athletes reach that echelon themselves.

Ilitch plans to transform the former home of Thomas Hardware Co., at 18680 Mack Ave., into an indoor youth sports lab. His parents, Mike and Marian Ilitch, own the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers.

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Published September 21, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Kayes were bit by the craft brewing bug when they lived in San Diego several years ago.

Around 2009, Kat Kaye said, the craft beer brewing industry was really hitting its stride out in California.

“You’d go around and there’s all these small breweries opening up in warehouses ... throw open the doors and just a little table and everyone was standing,” she said. “It was very rugged and the beer was amazing. It was an amazing culture.”

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Published September 21, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In the original location of the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse, before it was moved to 11 Mile Road in St. Clair Shores, there was a barn with the home.

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Published September 21, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Continuing its program of renovating houses seized for back taxes, City Council approved a contractor to make renovations at a house it acquired in 2015.

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Published September 21, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods and the city of Detroit have planned a series of community meetings for Harper Woods residents and the residents of the Detroit neighborhoods that border Harper Woods.

These meetings are being hosted to create a neighborhood improvement plan designed by the residents of both cities.

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Published September 21, 2016

A new drive-thru restaurant, possibly a coffee shop, will replace the vacant former Mickey Shorr store that sold sound components for vehicles at the corner of Maple and Rochester roads.

The Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved the preliminary site plan, with a few tweaks, at its Sept. 13 meeting.

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Published September 20, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A $13.5 million, seven-story parking structure discussed for the Second Street parking lot across from the Royal Oak post office was the topic of lengthy discussion during the City Commission’s recent meeting.

The proposed structure was the topic of what turned into a hearty back-and-forth primarily between Mayor Jim Ellison and City Commissioner Jeremy Mahrle the evening of Sept. 12.

During the meeting, the commission was asked whether or not it would like to authorize city staff to solicit bids for the Second Street parking deck project.

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Published September 19, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — What was supposed to be an informational meeting about the public transit proposal heading to the ballot this November turned out to be more of a pep rally for the Regional Transit Authority of Southeastern Michigan.

From speakers to attendants, the crowd gathered at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham Sept. 14 seemed to agree that the metro Detroit area is in need of some kind of improved public transportation.

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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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