Business & Development

Published April 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At an April 5 Board of Trustees meeting, Planner Glenn Wynn presented a comprehensive overview of the Planning and Zoning Department’s activity in 2015.

“It was indeed a busy year for our department, and we were probably involved with more projects than I can remember in my 19 years here at the township,” Wynn said.

In 2015, Wynn said his department processed 384 applications, including 54 site plans, which he said take the most time and effort and represent significant development activity.

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Published April 18, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Get ready to see some changes on Interstate 275, if you haven’t already.

A $75 million project is underway to fix 88 lane miles between Five Mile and the Interstate 96/Interstate 696/Michigan Highway 5 interchange in Wayne and Oakland counties, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The project began this spring and is scheduled to be completed by mid-September. 

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Published April 18, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Beaumont Health System officials confirmed last week that it will begin demolition of the Northwood Shopping Plaza by the end of 2016.

The announcement comes after years of discussion on what exactly Beaumont decision-makers would do with the 212,908 square feet of property located at the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road. Beaumont has owned the the shopping center property since the 1980s.

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Published April 13, 2016

Nearly 70 penguins made an appearance April 13 during a sneak peek of the $30 million Polk Penguin Conservation Center inside the Detroit Zoo.

The 33,000-square-foot center is scheduled to open to the public April 18.

Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan expects the new attraction to draw heavy attention, as it is the largest penguin habitat in the nation.

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The developer building a new senior living complex on the site of the former St. Gertrude Church will receive a tax break of up to $700,000 under a brownfield redevelopment plan of the property, which the city has deemed blighted and functionally obsolete. 

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — For more than a quarter-century, a Macomb County business has made sure the sounds of summer return to St. Clair Shores.

The St. Clair Shores City Council issued a proclamation of thanks to Petitpren Inc. April 4, expressing gratitude to the distribution company for its 26 years of sponsorship of the city’s Concerts in the Park series.

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — More renovations are proceeding down Harper Avenue, with another fast-food chain requesting to update its look.

With a brand new Taco Bell down the street, Burger King in the 24000 block of Harper Avenue, near Stephens, has requested to make improvements to its facade as well, bringing the restaurant in line with more modern iterations of the franchise. 

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Published April 13, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste held the seventh annual State of the Township address April 4, at which she welcomed new and future businesses, promoted the township’s RiverSafe program and highlighted the public safety departments.

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