Business & Development

Published August 29, 2017

FERNDALE — With the approval earlier this month for plans to redevelop the site of the former Taft Digital Learning Center, both Taft and Wilson Elementary School will be demolished beginning in September.

The developer of the projects at Taft and Wilson, Robertson Brothers Homes, will ramp up its projects by demolishing both buildings before the winter, starting with Wilson after Labor Day weekend.

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Published August 29, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Grosse Pointe City’s long quest for a hotel in the Village is going to take at least a little longer.

The Grosse Pointe City Council unanimously agreed Aug. 21 to extend its six-month agreement with its chosen preferred hotel developer to Dec. 31. The agreement, which was executed by City staff in March, otherwise would have expired Sept. 20.

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Published August 28, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — The village of Beverly Hills has added some traditionally indoor games to its outdoor parks.

New pingpong and chess tables are being installed in Beverly Park and Riverside Park for public use. Village officials said Beverly Hills is the only community in the area to have these kinds of games available outdoors, and they believe they will add a fun new dimension to the parks.

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Published August 28, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted to deny six bids to construct a new 41-A District Court building on the municipal grounds on the township engineer’s recommendation that the bids came in too high.

The six bids ranged in price from $5,898,000 to $6,862,000. The township plans to send out a new request for proposals in October in the hope of receiving lower bids.

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Published August 28, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A viable solution is on the horizon for what has been a problem area in Shelby Township for years.

The Macomb County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Shelby Township and the Macomb County Board of Commissioners all recently approved a brownfield plan for the southeast corner of Mound and 23 Mile roads, the site of the former Visteon plant.

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Published August 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council approved an amended site plan for the Regency St. Clair Shores, put forward by Ciena Healthcare for the skilled nursing facility being built on the site of the former Chapoton Apartments.

Representatives from Ciena were in front of City Council in July, but the motion was tabled until August so that council members could get a better look at the 20 proposed changes to the plan.

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Published August 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council voted to purchase three properties foreclosed upon by the Macomb County Treasurer’s Office for unpaid taxes, a decrease from the number of properties offered through the program than in previous years.

In 2015, the city purchased five homes and seven vacant lots through the program from the county for $117,510.44. The 2016 group included one home and one condominium for a total of $13,179.57, and this year the total amount of $20,931.01 is for two homes and one vacant parcel of land.

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Published August 23, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — It’s been about a year since a visioning plan for the former Northland Center property was unveiled, and city officials say the plans to redevelop the site are moving along smoothly.

In March, the Southfield City Council approved a plan to designate the former mall grounds as a brownfield site, meaning that the redevelopment of the grounds is complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Published August 23, 2017

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council officially greenlighted plans for more than 70 townhomes to be built on the land formerly occupied by the Taft Digital Learning Center.

The council unanimously approved both a planned unit development and a brownfield plan for Parkdale Towns, which will be developed by Robertson Brothers Homes, at its Aug. 14 meeting.

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Published August 23, 2017

TROY — After plans for a mixed-use center stalled during the economic downturn, and three separate presentations were made before the Planning Commission in recent months, the Troy City Council approved plans for a planned unit development on 4.7 acres at Big Beaver and John R roads. 

The council unanimously approved plans Aug. 7 submitted by Brian Najor, of Najor Cos., for two retail buildings, four apartment buildings totaling 96 units, and a 780-square-foot community center on the north side of Big Beaver Road, east of John R Road. 

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Published August 22, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Fifty years ago, thanks to a fundraising drive and a land donation from Howard McGregor, Crittenton Hospital opened.

“The citizens in the area actually went door to door to raise money for the hospital,” Gwen MacKenzie, Ascension vice senior president, said at a 50th anniversary celebration Aug. 15 at the hospital, located on University Drive.

McGregor, a prominent businessman and farmer, was a noted Aberdeen Angus cattle breeder and served as the president of National Twist Drill, located in Rochester.

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Published August 22, 2017

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners unanimously approved an amended development agreement Aug. 14 that still promises to bring a Hyatt hotel to North Main Street.

The more than $50 million mixed-use project, stretching 3.5 acres from 400 to 460 North Main Street — the former Fresard Pontiac/Buick/GMC dealership — would include the hotel, a mixed-use building with residential housing, and an off-street parking deck.

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Published August 22, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The city of Harper Woods is informing the public about its new Neighborhood Economic Development Center, which is aimed at promoting business and prosperity in the community.

The building, located on Kelly Road, was purchased in 2016. The city wants it to provide numerous services and resources for Harper Woods businesses and residents.

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Published August 16, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Planning Commission members gave their unanimous approval last week for a proposed downtown apartment building, pending tweaks to developers’ plans before heading to the Royal Oak City Commission.

Plans for The Washington — which would be located at the southwest corner of South Washington and West Harrison avenues — were presented to the Planning Commission Aug. 8.

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Published August 16, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Providence-Providence Park Hospital, Southfield Campus, on Nine Mile Road, will be getting a $15 million facelift, which hospital officials are calling a reinvestment in the campus.

The renovations will include new flooring, new wall coverings, new paint and lighting upgrades, and upgrades to nursing stations and patient furnishings throughout inpatient units and patient rooms at the hospital.

First priority in the renovations are critical care units, medical and surgical units, and the birthing center, officials said.

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Published August 16, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A long-planned condominium development off Romeo Plank Road and south of 26 Mile Road will have less units than originally discussed, by changing from multi-unit buildings to single-unit condos.

DDMR Properties, LLC, based in Shelby Township, had originally brought forward plans to build 17 buildings with a total of 62 condos just south of Kroger at the corner of Romeo Plank and 26 Mile in 2006.

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Published August 15, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Eastpointe resident Jonas Grabill stands by his story of an alleged incident he said he encountered at The Spot Bar and Grill in Roseville July 22, though security footage shows no recording of the incident.

Grabill described the alleged incident in a Facebook status that went viral July 22.

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Published August 15, 2017

TROY — The Troy Planning Commission has asked a developer to come back with a better plan for a 14-home development on 5 acres off of Long Lake Road, east of Livernois Road. 

This is the third development that has been proposed under the city’s new cluster zoning option. 

The Planning Commission voted 8-0 to postpone making a recommendation on the site plan at a July 25 meeting so that the developer, Precision Home Concepts, could address a number of issues. Troy Planning Commissioner Chair Ollie Apahidean was absent.   

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Published August 14, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The Detroit Zoo will be adding another attraction to its repertoire next year, only this time, it does not exactly belong with the other animals.

Buddy’s Pizza announced that it will be opening a 4,434-square-foot restaurant inside the Detroit Zoo next spring. The restaurant will be located just west of the Ford Education Center, will seat 155 guests — 80 indoors and 75 on an outdoor patio and rooftop deck — and will offer a view of Rackham Fountain.

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Published August 9, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Fans of sushi will soon have a new place to dine.

Koi Nu Asian restaurant is moving into 17043 Kercheval Ave. in the Village, which formerly was home to Caribou Coffee.

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