Business & Development

Published July 13, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council has been examining plans to add a mixed-use parking structure or two to its city landscape for quite some time, with hopes that construction could begin by the end of the year.

Ever since the the council abandoned plans to go forward with the 3-60 LLC parking structure last year, it assembled a parking committee to look at different lots in Ferndale to see where a city-led development could go and add 350 more parking spaces to the downtown

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Published July 13, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Last fall, the Birmingham City Commission was split on whether to rezone the 14,000-square-foot parcel at 404 Park St. from single-family home use to multifamily residences.

On June 27, though, the vote was decidedly less undecided as the commission voted 5-2 to deny the rezoning request of 404 Park from R2, a single-family residential designation, to TZ1, which would allow for attached single-family or multifamily dwellings.

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Published July 6, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Prince Drewry Park will receive parking lot improvements, but the timeline is currently unclear.

On June 23, one bid was received and processed by the Clinton Township Clerk’s Office, and the bid — of which the amount was not publicly revealed — was reviewed by Mary Bednar, director of public services, and the Clinton Township Planning Commission on June 24.

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Published July 5, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A microbrewery, a dog park, an art space, a Costco and an amusement park were all on the list of residents’ suggestions on what they would like to see at the former Northland Center site.

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Published July 5, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission agreed unanimously June 27 to impose a 180-day moratorium on lot splits in the Vinsetta Boulevard neighborhood while the Planning Commission looks into creating ordinances to protect the neighborhood’s integrity.

If future ordinances are adopted preventing certain lot splits or other changes in residential property, it would apply to future site plan approvals, not site plans already approved.

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Published June 29, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission unanimously approved a contract extension with Plante Moran CRESA to continue vetting the $100 million Royal Oak Civic Center development proposal.

The unanimous June 13 vote extends the engagement agreement at a cost not to exceed $50,000 for capital planning services.

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Published June 29, 2016

UTICA — The vacant building near Hall Road and M-53 that formerly housed a Borders bookstore will be home to a 2nd & Charles, the second such store in the state of Michigan.

“We’re excited that this is a similar kind of business and that it spreads itself between new and used books, but also music and a coffee shop and a gathering spot,” Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan said. “Being a real advocate of literacy, I think this is a great addition to the mixed-use area.”

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Published June 29, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A request for a conditional rezoning for a 55-acre sports complex in Macomb Township was rejected by the Macomb Township Board of Trustees during a June 22 meeting.

The township’s Planning Commission recommended denial of the request during a June 7 planning meeting when the petitioner, Elite Sport Ventures, presented its project.

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Published June 27, 2016

BERKLEY — After outcry from Berkley residents, a proposed form-based code that would have allowed a variety of housing options has been withdrawn by the City Council.

The announcement of the withdrawal was made at the June 20 council meeting, where a crowd cheered the decision to cancel the plans for the code, along with an open house that would have taken place the next day, on June 21, for the public to ask questions and get more information about the proposed code.

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Published June 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With a fitness center expansion, new paint, new ceilings, new kitchen equipment and more, City Council approved the site plan for the Senior Activities Center expansion and renovation June 20.

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Published June 22, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — They say a picture is worth a thousand words — so video must be worth even more. For businesses, video can be a powerful marketing tool, conveying the appeal of a product or service in a visually memorable way.

For the next E-Lounge — short for Entrepreneur Lounge — the topic will be how businesses can use video media to develop their brand on social media. Apps such as Snapchat and Periscope will be discussed.

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Published June 15, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS/NOVI — Technological advances wait for no one. 

The times have caught up with the South West Oakland Cable Commission, which recently closed after turning 34 this year.

SWOCC Studios — a local cable commission broadcasting in Farmington, Farmington Hills and Novi on channels 8, 12, 13 and 15 — was located at 33300 W. Nine Mile Road in Farmington.

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Published June 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Beaumont Health officials gathered June 8 for a topping off ceremony for the hospital’s $120.8 million emergency center, which officials plan to open next year.

“Everything is on schedule and moving along, and we’re within budget and looking to open the new addition in late spring of 2017,” said Beaumont Project Executive Art Eckert.

Eckert said the new Beaumont Hospital emergency center will include the latest technological advances, new equipment, 125 private rooms with sliding glass doors, and no more curtains.

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Published June 15, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Public discussions began at a June 7 Macomb Township Planning Commission meeting for a possible 55-acre sports complex that would be located at the intersection of 23 Mile Road and Romeo Plank.

Elite Sport Ventures, a group that operates Elite Indoor Sports off of Hayes Road in Shelby Township, petitioned the commission for a conditional rezoning request as the first step in the development of the project.

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Published June 15, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Reflecting the fact that the city has only three liquor licenses left to give, City Council, after much debate, put additional restrictions on a new business owner coming into the city before granting him one of those three licenses.

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Published June 13, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A local eyesore on the southwest corner of 21 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue will soon be razed and replaced by a mattress store and likely a restaurant with a drive-thru window.

The former Big Boy restaurant, which closed in 2011, has become derelict over the past five years, with holes in the roof and extensive damage to both the exterior and interior of the building.

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Published June 1, 2016

FERNDALE — At last week’s Ferndale City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved licenses for a proposed brewery.

The licenses in question were a microbrewer license and a small winemaker license for Axle Brewing Co., which is looking to build a production facility that also would include a tasting area for patrons and a small outdoor beer garden at 567 Livernois Ave., named Livernois Tap & Brewery. It would act as the public face of the company, whereas the main production of the product currently is in Royal Oak.

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Published June 1, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In the coming years, the Orchard Lake Road corridor will receive a facelift as a new amendment to the township center district ordinance requires specific criteria for developers to follow, whether they are improving existing buildings or erecting new structures. 

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Published June 1, 2016

ROYAL OAK — About 140 people filled the Churchill Community Education Center auditorium May 24 to learn more about the proposed $100 million Royal Oak Civic Center development.

Factors affecting the project were discussed, including the hows and the whys from the city’s perspective regarding the project, which would build a new police headquarters and City Hall.

The existing City Hall was built in 1952 for $473,061, which City Manager Don Johnson said would cost about $4.3 million today.

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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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