Business & Development

Published March 8, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Officials at Lawrence Technological University recently approved a plan to make room for more Blue Devils on campus.

Matt Roush, director of media relations at LTU, said the university’s board of trustees approved a plan to construct a new 95,000-square-foot residence hall on the Southfield campus, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, slated to open in fall 2018.

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Published March 8, 2017

FERNDALE — Discussion for a proposed apartment complex on 10 Mile Road continued last month, with the Planning Commission deciding that more changes need to be made before a vote happens.

The Planning Commission discussed at its Feb. 15 meeting the site plan for 928 E. 10 Mile Road, the location of the El Shaddai Church and the potential future site of an apartment project by H.F. Architecture and Duke and Duke Investments.

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Published March 8, 2017

BERKLEY — After the end of the monthly Berkley Planning Commission meeting, resident Lori Robertson exited City Hall and let loose a gleeful shout of “Victory!”

The shout was in response to the passing of a new master plan amendment at the Feb. 28 meeting after an eight-month disagreement with residents that began with talks of a potential form-based code and problems with the 2015 master plan amendment.

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Published March 8, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A new residential development is about to begin construction on the east side of Card Road, just north of 22 Mile Road.

Riviera Ridge Estates will be a development of 57 single-family homes featuring at least three styles with prices starting at $330,000.

“We have all brand-new floor plans,” said Sandro Palazzolo, a builder with Newmark Homes, the developer of Riviera Ridge. “We’re using a lot of the open layouts, a lot with dual islands in the kitchen and a lot of the modern ideas, like rear covered patios.”

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Published March 8, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Although they acknowledge that a Village hotel is still no done deal, Grosse Pointe City leaders now know whom they’ll be working with to try to get one.

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Published March 8, 2017

TROY — Many people who live and work in Troy may not know about Creative Endeavors, the store at the north entrance of the Troy Community Center. 

Once they do discover it, they are pleasantly surprised at the variety, the quality and the low prices of the items in the store, said store manager Donna MacGowan. 

Late last year, city leaders had considered moving the store from its current location or even closing it, but they decided against those measures. 

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Published March 8, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The city of Harper Woods is preparing to roll out a new plan for its future, a plan that was created from resident input that was collected over the course of the last several months.

Called a “neighborhood improvement plan,” the new goals will shape the city in the coming years and match what residents said they want. 

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Published March 8, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The city of Harper Woods is calling on both design professionals and the general public to help form a new master plan for its Parks and Recreation Department.

The plan will be the basis for the growth and maintenance of public properties and the continuation or implementation of new programs.

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Published March 8, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Axalta Coating Systems in Mount Clemens has been helping keep the Macomb County Santa Parade a highly anticipated annual tradition for the past decade.

The parade, which traditionally features dozens of floats and attracts thousands of people to downtown Mount Clemens, has kicked off the Christmas season in Macomb County for more than 40 years.

And for more than 10 years, one of the city’s largest employers, Axalta Coating Systems, a global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has supported the community event as a presenting sponsor.

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Published March 3, 2017

FERNDALE — Ferndale’s City Council received a special presentation at its Feb. 13 meeting from the Eight Mile Boulevard Association on what the association did last year and what it plans for this year.

The Eight Mile Boulevard Association is a community development organization dedicated to the revitalization and promotion of the Eight Mile Road corridor that covers a span of 27 miles.

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Published March 1, 2017

BERKLEY — The Berkley Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will hold a meeting concerning the Oxford Park property and wants residents in attendance to make their voices heard.

The meeting will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, at the Berkley Community Center, 2400 Robina Ave. The board is looking to hear comments on the planned use of the park space, which is located east of Merchants Park on Cambridge Road between Oakshire and Bacon avenues.

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Published March 1, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A piece of history will come down this year when the Roy O’Brien Ford dealership on Nine Mile Road and Greater Mack Avenue continues its renovations with the removal of  the original building, which dates back to the early 1900s.

Mark O’Brien said that the building was originally home to a Hupmobile dealership, an automobile built from 1909 through 1939 by the Hupp Motor Car Co.

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Published March 1, 2017

TROY — A number of residents urged the Troy Planning Commission to recommend denial of a rezoning needed to build a three-story E-Z Mini Storage on 1.8 acres south of Long Lake Road, west of Livernois Road. 

After a public hearing at its Feb. 14 meeting, the Planning Commission voted 7-1 to recommend approval of the conditional rezoning from single-family residential to a neighborhood node zoning, which is how the site, surrounded by single-family residential lots, is designated in the city’s master plan. 

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Published March 1, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Despite plans to build a new, larger visitor center and consolidate staffers in a new administrative building, officials at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House insist there are no plans to ramp up the schedule of activities at the historic estate.

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Published February 28, 2017

ROCHESTER — Those looking for an excuse to shop in downtown Rochester this month can get some retail therapy while earning a chance to win one of four downtown shopping sprees.

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority is hosting its fourth annual Mad Money March event, which DDA Events Coordinator Stephanie Hellebuyck said is an incentive to spend dollars in downtown Rochester by entering people in a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000, a $500, or one of two $250 shopping sprees.

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Published February 22, 2017

FERNDALE — The City Council agreed Feb. 13 to a developer’s brownfield plan application to receive millions in reimbursement expenses for a mixed-use apartment building.

The project, called 409 on Nine and developed by Wolf River Development Co., is a four-story, mixed-use building with 127 apartments, more than 5,500 square feet of retail and office space, 130 parking spaces on-site for all residential units, and green space at the street front. It’s located at 371 to 475 E. Nine Mile Road.

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Published February 22, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Beautification Commission recognized residents and Michigan First Credit Union at the commission’s 2016 Landscape Awards Feb. 15.

Eastpointe City Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr., the council liaison for the Beautification Commission, explained why the city enjoys giving out these awards.

“We work on putting events like this together to recognize all the residents that do great things throughout the city to keep their property clean, and that’s what we recognize today,” said DeMonaco.

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Published February 22, 2017

ROCHESTER — A number of new businesses have recently set up shop in downtown Rochester, and many more are in the works, according to the Rochester Downtown Development Authority.

Mi State of Mind — a new store and brand specializing in Michigan-themed apparel, home goods, food and more — has opened at 408 S. Main St., in the space formerly occupied by Subway.

Rochester native Andy Buss, 28, and his wife, Bailey, 26, came up with the idea for the brand back in the summer of 2014.

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Published February 22, 2017

TROY — The numerous residents who oppose plans for a three- to five-story, 140-unit apartment complex on the east side of McClure Drive will have a chance to air their views to the City Council soon. 

The Planning Commission voted 7-0 Feb. 14 to recommend for approval a conditional rezoning of 2.57 acres north of Big Beaver Road, west of Crooks Road, from one-family residential to a Big Beaver form-based district, with stipulations. Planning Commissioner Philip Sanzica was absent from the meeting.

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Published February 22, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — 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.

JEM Tech Group in Clinton Township won the Efficiency Expert award.

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