Business & Development

Published June 1, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Visiting Engraving Specialist in the business’s  modified Washington Street house was like walking into an era when customer service included a long conversation about how the family was doing.

This level of kinship has come to a close, as partners Dick Lang and Kent Randall have decided to retire after more than four decades of helping clients with myriad engraving needs.

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Published May 28, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A local businessman is planning to expand his reputation in the local boat sales and service trade with a proposed new marina development on an area of vacant land at the northeast corner of Metropolitan Parkway and Prentiss Street.

During a May 19 Harrison Township Planning Commission Meeting, Tom Raguso, owner of Sundog Marina/Sun Sport Marine on South River Road, presented his vision for a piece of 795 feet of frontage just west of Lake St. Clair Metropark.

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Published May 27, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The county’s new $30 million pump station was unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Harrison Township May 19.

Located at 35029 Union Lake Road, the new pumping station — an essential part of the Macomb-Oakland Sewer Interceptor Project — replaces an aged and temporary pumping station built in 1973.

The Clintondale Pump Station works to protect consumers’ basements from flooding while also enabling continued population growth and economic development in the eastern part of Macomb County, according to officials.

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Published May 25, 2016

FERNDALE — At the Tuesday, May 17, Ferndale Public Schools Board of Education meeting, the board voted unanimously to sell the former Wilson Elementary School and Taft Digital Learning Center to an Oakland County development company.

The board voted 6-0 to sell the sites to Robertson Brothers Homes for about $1 million. Robertson Brothers Homes will develop the Wilson and Taft sites into single-family homes and townhouses, respectively.

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Published May 25, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Seeking to “blend a traditional Italian market experience with a modern approach to casual dining,” the son-in-law and daughter of the original owners of the building at 27919 Harper Ave. hope to restore it to greatness and bring a unique shopping and dining experience to St. Clair Shores.

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Published May 25, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Sit back, kick up your feet and dive into the popcorn.

As the moviegoing experience has changed with the advent of options available to individuals, some theaters are trying to bring the comfort of the living room to the silver screen.

MJR Digital Cinemas recently announced a $2.7 million renovation that will take place at Cinema 14 — more commonly known as the theater inside The Mall at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township.

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Published May 23, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council approved a special land use permit 4-0 for MySpace Storage at the council’s regular meeting May 17.

The proposed storage facility would be located at the former Colonial Dodge property at the northeast corner of Stephens and Gratiot.

Architect Peter Stuhlreyer told council they hope to use the bulk of the existing structure there for a modern facility, retaining the showroom and much of the frontage while adding a retail space at the corner and landscaping to make the area more visually interesting.

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Published May 23, 2016

WARREN — City officials have approved a request to at least temporarily put the brakes on new pawn shops in Warren until a revised ordinance governing their zoning and regulation is a done deal.

Members of the Warren City Council voted 6-1 earlier this month to place a moratorium on processing and approval of pawn broker licensing and site plans for new pawn shops. The moratorium, requested by City Councilman Robert Boccomino, specifically excludes any planned or ongoing expansions at existing pawn businesses.

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Published May 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — No formal plans have been unveiled yet, but already residents are saying an emphatic “no” to a possible condo development at 360 Moselle Place, better known to residents as the “Tennis House.”

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Published May 18, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Wendy’s restaurant at 18800 Mack Ave. is about to get a new look that should be curiously familiar to longtime residents.

Alan Okon, construction manager for The Wendy’s Co., said that they plan to remove the existing fascia and restore the original fascia underneath.

“It’s actually still there,” Okon told the Farms City Council during a May 9 meeting, adding that the old façade is in decent shape.

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Published May 18, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Everyone belongs somewhere.

That is the message the Center for Secular Humanism — which opened in late April in Farmington Hills — hopes to instill.

The center is located inside the Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, 28611 W. 12 Mile Road.

On April 21, inside a Starbucks on Grand River Avenue, the center’s executive director, Suzanne Paul, discussed its open-door policy.

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Published May 18, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — After unveiling a market study to see what residents want to see in Northland Center’s future, the city has selected OHM Advisors as the master planner for the property.

City Community Relations Director Michael Manion said in a news release that through a published competitive bidding process, the city of Southfield selected OHM Advisors from a field of seven finalists to develop a conceptual, market-driven master redevelopment plan.

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Published May 16, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission were expected to approve Monday night a location change for an upcoming town hall meeting regarding the proposed $100 million Central Park development.

Commissioners were expected to meet after the Review’s press time and change the venue for a May 24 special meeting from Royal Oak Middle School to the Churchill Community Education Center, located at 707 Girard Ave. The change would be due to a scheduling conflict with the school site.

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Published May 16, 2016

EASTPOINTE/ ROSEVILLE — A New York-based financial technology firm has found Eastpointe and Roseville to be among the most affordable cities in Michigan to buy a house.

Under the study done by SmartAsset, Eastpointe came in second, narrowly missing the top spot to Holly. Roseville was listed in seventh place on the list, which factored in average closing costs, property taxes, housing insurance, annual average mortgage payment and median income.

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Published May 16, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Turning Point Macomb CEO Sue Coats has received multiple awards in her career, but she said she has a special affinity for her most recent award, the National Visionary Voice Award.

“What we do here is look forward,” said Coats, who was nominated to receive the award by the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. “I’m very honored to have been selected. It’s always nice when your work gets recognized.”

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Published May 13, 2016

WARREN  —  If they build it, will they come? 

That remains to be seen, but they won’t be coming to a new “first-class hotel,” sought by Warren Mayor Jim Fouts and built in the city’s Civic Center by the Lansing-based Boji Group, because the two sides have parted ways.

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Published May 11, 2016

ROCHESTER — Daffodils and tulips aren’t the only things popping up this spring in downtown Rochester. A number of new businesses have opened their doors over the past few months.

East Street Home, at 300 East St., is a home décor and interior design studio that opened at the end of January. Merry Stephenson, who owns the store with her husband, Bob, said the couple wanted to open a neighborhood shop close to home that blends reclaimed antique goods with modern homewares and accessories.

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Published May 10, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce has hired a new executive director who hopes to reach out to the people and businesses of the city.

Kim Hart was appointed to the position on April 11, where she replaced Ashleigh Laabs, who left the position in October 2015, and Carol Jackson, who had served in the interim.

A University of Michigan-Dearborn graduate, Hart has worked at Detroit Country Day School and the Drayton Avenue Cooperative Preschool.

She has experience in fundraising and event planning.

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Published May 9, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — When the work is done, Hamilton Avenue will have a fresh set of sidewalks and streetlights, not to mention a newly paved road with updated water and sewer systems underneath.

But it can be hard for some to look that far ahead, past the dirt, barricades and excavators blocking the street right now. The city is hoping to change that.

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Published May 4, 2016

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners had a message to convey during their April 25 meeting: The more than $100 million Central Park Development Group proposal including City Hall, the Police Department and a park is not a done deal.

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