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Business & Development

Published July 27, 2016

TROY — A Troy-based machine tool company is the first manufacturer in Michigan to finance energy upgrades through a 2010 state-authorized program that allows municipalities to fund energy-efficiency improvements through a special assessment on a property. 

This past February, the Troy City Council voted unanimously to join Lean & Green Michigan’s Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, program. 

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Published July 27, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Rooftop valet parking, higher structure fees, smart meter trials and paid handicapped parking are just some of the changes that have been implemented in downtown Birmingham since the beginning of the month.

Take a drive along North Old Woodward, near Maple, at any time of day and you’ll likely see for yourself that the city’s main entertainment district is booming. The parking changes are the city’s temporary response to high parking demand that often exceeds availability.

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Published July 20, 2016

The Troy Planning Commission sent a developer back to the drawing board after taking a first look at plans July 12 for a six-story, 152-unit apartment building on a 2.5-acre parcel on McClure, just north of Big Beaver Road, east of Crooks Road.

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Published July 20, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County officials recently reported that according to the latest jobs update from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a recent surge in employment numbers has the county holding its strongest workforce numbers in 15 years.

Officials said the county gained nearly 25,000 jobs from January 2015 to May 2016, including 10,000 in just the past three months, to bring the total number of jobs in the county to 408,217.

The county’s high point for workforce came in May 1999, with 437,251 jobs and 2.7 percent unemployment.

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Published July 19, 2016

FERNDALE — Demolition of the old Save-A-Lot building, 430 W. Nine Mile Road, has commenced and will continue until the end of the month, according to the city.

The Save-A-Lot will be replaced by Ferndalehaus Lofts, a four-story, 90-unit residential structure with studio apartments and two-bedroom units, as well as 1,345 square feet of office space.

Demolition began this past week, while some work underground was done the previous week, according to City Planner Justin Lyons.

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Published July 14, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Operations for Hazel Park 43rd District Court have been relocated to Longfellow Elementary the rest of the year while the courthouse undergoes major renovations to better accommodate its high volume of cases. The project will also improve the exterior of City Hall, which houses the court and Police Department, and won’t cost taxpayers anything.

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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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