Business & Development

Published June 29, 2017

It’s been vacant for more than a decade, but the owner of several buildings in the city is hoping to revive the Shores Theatre building on Greater Mack Avenue south of Nine Mile Road.

LaHood Properties closed on the building June 20. Owner Al LaHood said that the company already owns and manages more than a dozen buildings in the Nine-Mack area, including the building immediately to the south of the former theater.

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Published June 28, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Members of the Normandy Oaks Task Force plan to meet the evening of June 29 to make their pick for a landscape architect for future park development.

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Published June 27, 2017

ROCHESTER — Rochester’s Downtown Development Authority and The Home Bakery were recognized during Main Street Oakland County’s Main Event on Broadway celebration.

Created by Main Street Oakland County in 2004, the awards program recognizes excellence in downtown revitalization in such areas as design, economic restructuring, organization and promotion.

During the event, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson handed out awards in 13 categories and recognized the county’s thriving downtowns.

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Published June 26, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Commissioners are expected to give their go-ahead Monday night to lawyers tasked with finalizing development agreement documents for a new six-story office building in the existing Royal Oak City Hall parking lot.

The vote to finalize the negotiations for a $36.25 million, Class A 142,523-square-foot building is scheduled for the night of June 26.

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Published June 23, 2017

On June 20, the Shelby Township Fire Department held a grand opening ceremony for its fifth fire station, located at 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

Dozens of community members and children gathered for the raising of the flag, the first call to service, a blessing and a ribbon cutting — as well as a fire hose unscrewing. Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said the approximately $2.5 million project came in under budget.

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Published June 21, 2017

ROYAL OAK — On June 13, Royal Oak Planning Commission members unanimously approved the site plan for a new Police Department headquarters proposed for city-owned property as part of a new civic center plan.

Representatives from Partners in Architecture showed renderings and gave meeting attendees a glimpse into the city-owned, modern building that would be attached via a bridged walkway to the 44th District Court building.

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Published June 21, 2017

CLAWSON — The city of Clawson received some national attention last month for its recently updated downtown master plan.

The Clawson Downtown Development Authority and Detroit-based consulting firm Giffels Webster were presented with the 2017 Vernon Deines Honor Award for Outstanding Small Town Special Project Plan during the May 7 American Planning Association National Planning Conference in New York City.

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Published June 21, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After more than a year of work by volunteers in the trades, a new bathroom on the south side of Veterans Memorial Park is open for use by the public.

City Councilman Pete Accica said that union members from Plumbers Local 98, Roofers Local 149, Bricklayers Local 2, Cement Masons Local 2, Painters and Allied Trades District Council 1M, and Laborers Local 1191 came together to volunteer their time and effort to build a bathroom that the city had been planning for more than five years.

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Published June 21, 2017

ROCHESTER — Downtown Rochester has again been named one of the nation’s best Main Streets by the National Main Street Center.

Oakland County officials honored the 11 Main Street Oakland County communities that met the criteria for receiving national accreditation from the National Main Street Center June 8 at the Royal Park Hotel.

“It was a great day for all the communities to be recognized for all the hard work that they have been doing,” said Kristi Trevarrow, executive director of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority.

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Published June 21, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Electrical improvements and a new roof section replacement are on the horizon for the Paint Creek Cider Mill.

The mill is owned by Oakland Township and holds offices for the Oakland Township Historic District Commission, the Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Department, the Paint Creek Trailways Commission and the Six Rivers Land Conservancy.

The mill, located on Orion Road, south of Gallagher Road, also holds a retail operation offering cider, doughnuts and more.

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Published June 20, 2017

BERKLEY — A new planning commissioner has been brought on to serve the remaining term of a member who stepped down.

Kristen Kapelanski began serving as a commissioner in May and will remain on the board until the end of former Commissioner Dottie Popp’s term, which ends July 1, according to City Manager Matthew Baumgarten.

Baumgarten said Popp had been the Planning Commission’s liaison to the Downtown Development Authority for a number of years. When the DDA had a vacancy recently, Popp applied for it and was selected for the position.

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Published June 20, 2017

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council approved a new mural program that will be led by the city’s Downtown Development Authority.

Approved at the June 5 meeting, the Berkley DDA Mural Program will be run through the DDA’s Public Art Committee and Design Committee.

It will be their job to review applications for new outdoor murals.

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Published June 20, 2017

FERNDALE — Wilson Park, on the city of Ferndale’s east side, will be seeing a skate park added to the area’s landscape.

The Ferndale City Council approved the skate park at its June 12 meeting. The council approved two resolutions: one for the concrete surfacing where the equipment will be placed, which will cost $108,648 and be done by Hartwell Cement Co., and the other for the equipment that the American Ramp Co. will install for $249,937.76.

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Published June 14, 2017

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce has brought in a new executive director who’s looking to help promote the city.
Matt Zook, from Mackinaw City, was selected to run the chamber in April and began his job May 8. He previously was the director of the chamber in Mackinaw City for 14 months before coming to Ferndale.

Zook said he heard about the job from a friend and that he always had an interest in coming down to the metro Detroit area at some point.

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Published June 14, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A $100,000 Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant will aid with the continuing restoration of Avon Creek.

“This is actually phase four” of the restoration process, Rochester Hills Director of Public Services Allan Schneck said.

Phase four will complete the last portion of the creek restoration and will tie in with the efforts of the previous phases, connecting the restoration across the entire Rochester Hills City Hall campus region south of Avon Road, west of Livernois.

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Published June 14, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Property adjacent to the Clinton River Trail and the Clinton River will receive green space designation.

The 2-acre parcel is located on the south side of the Clinton River Trail, adjacent to a larger Harding green space property east of Livernois Road and north of Avon Road.

“This is land the city already owns,” Rochester Hills City Council President Mark Tisdel said.

“It was donated in the 1980s to the city,” Director of Parks and Forestry Ken Elwert said.

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Published June 14, 2017

TROY — The Troy Planning Commission proceeded with plans for a townhome development and recommended a conditional rezoning for the development of a 2.6-acre site at Livernois Road and Haldane Street, near Square Lake Road, recently.  

The Planning Commission voted 7-0 to move the plans forward May 23, after the developer offered to alter the initially proposed plans based on the commission’s feedback. Planning Commissioners Philip Sanzica and Karen Crusse were absent from the meeting. 

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Published June 14, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS — City officials in Rochester and Rochester Hills are giving the public a chance to swing their partners and do-si-do during the Bicentennial Barn Dance this month.

In a joint effort between Rochester and Rochester Hills, proceeds from the barn dance will benefit the Rochester bicentennial monument at Rochester Municipal Park and the new equipment barn at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. 

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Published June 12, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — For years, the city of Birmingham has required that only retail businesses occupy the front 20 feet of first-floor spaces.

But some in City Hall believe the definition of what counts as retail has become too loose, and they’re looking to tighten up the requirements for who can occupy those frontages.

“This goes back to the development of the 2016 plan. The intention (with the existing ordinance) is to establish a Redline Retail area to consolidate and enhance retail and commercial businesses there,” said City Manager Joe Valentine.

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Published June 7, 2017

A familiar face to the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently reunited with his former colleagues to earn a prestigious achievement award.

Wayne Oehmke, 75, received the 2017 Lil Adams Award May 17 at the annual Michigan Week Luncheon and Sterling Edge Business Awards, which were held at the Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights hotel. Oehmke was the Sterling Heights chamber’s president and CEO for around eight years.

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