Business & Development

Published June 7, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS —  Visitors to Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District will soon see an updated henhouse and hatchling house next to a newly planted apple orchard.

The historic district comprises a 16-acre historic farmstead open to the public year-round. It is located in the 213-acre Cranberry Lake Park, on Predmore Road.

“It hasn’t been painted since 2006,” Oakland Township Historic Preservation Planner Barb Barber said about the henhouse.

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Published June 7, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The majority of city commissioners approved a development exclusivity agreement last month for a downsized plan on South Main Street.

Rather than extend an exclusivity agreement with Burton-Katzman LLC, the commission, with a 5-2 vote May 22, approved granting a new 120-day exclusivity agreement for the city-owned parking lot located at 600 S. Main St.

As a part of the agreement, city staff is prohibited from marketing 600 S. Main St. during the five-month period.

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Published May 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The majority of City Commission members approved installing some residential sidewalks last week as part of a six-year walkability plan, despite strong opposition from impacted homeowners who must foot the bill.

With a 5-2 vote, the City Commission decided May 22 to add sidewalks to the areas of Custer Avenue, North Washington Avenue, Glendale Avenue, Delemere Boulevard, Sunnybrook Drive, Bellevue Road, Woodside Road, Stephenson Highway and adjacent to three city parks. In total, 10 locations were identified for sidewalks this year.

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Published May 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The fate of two popular events was determined by members of the Downtown Development Authority earlier in May with the help of some outside event planners and promoters.

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Published May 31, 2017

TROY — The Troy Planning Commission asked developers to come back with a different design for a 239-bed skilled nursing facility on 8.23 acres at the southwest corner of Maple and Axtell roads — and they did. 

“It was much more institutional-looking before,” said Planning Commissioner Donald Edmunds. 

The Planning Commission approved the preliminary site plan for the Regency at Troy Skilled Nursing Facility 7-0 at a May 23 meeting. Planning Commission members Philip Sanzica and Karen Crusse were absent. 

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Published May 31, 2017

TROY — One piece of the development at 888 W. Big Beaver Road — the Shake Shack restaurant — didn’t fall into place as easily as the concept plan did.

The Troy Planning Commission asked for more details on the plans and how the restaurant would segue with the higher-end restaurants on Big Beaver Road and the adjoining Fidelity Investments office building in the complex. 

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Published May 31, 2017

DETROIT — Many Detroit residents gathered at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law May 20 to attend a summit on housing in Detroit aimed at educating residents about their rights and options.

The event was organized by Detroit City Councilwoman Mary Sheffield and state Rep. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit. They believe there are strong threats to those who require low-income housing and affordable housing to survive. They say these threats include rising rents and property prices, and less government support for affordable housing than in the past.

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Published May 31, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Four of downtown Birmingham’s five parking structures have already been outfitted with the new high-tech payment systems the city approved earlier this spring.

With those swanky new machines also comes features like the space availability widget that was recently added to the city’s home page and mobile app. People can log on to bhamgov.org from their web browser or mobile phone to see which structures are close to being full and which have plenty of spaces left to park.

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Published May 26, 2017

FERNDALE/PLEASANT RIDGE — The cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge are working together on a proposed project that would bring a market, a brewpub and apartments to a stretch of land.

The project, called the Iron Ridge District, covers about 13 acres of land, 25 parcels and 220,000 square feet of building space in the cities, spanning 3155-3351 Bermuda St., 3164-3350 Bermuda St. and 660 E. 10 Mile Road in Ferndale, and 400-404 E. 10 Mile Road and 660 E. 10 Mile Road in Pleasant Ridge.

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Published May 24, 2017

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved an $8.2 million Holiday Inn Express development on Gratiot Avenue, west of Beaconsfield Street and north of Wallace Street, at the board’s May 16 meeting at Roseville City Hall.

The new commercial building was proposed and approved with a height of 50 feet, which will allow four stories on the property. The Holiday Inn Express will have 100 rooms, 105 standard parking spaces and five accessible parking spaces. The primary entrance will be on Gratiot Avenue, south of 13 Mile Road.

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Published May 24, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Seventeen years after the dairy barn exhibit space first opened at the Rochester Hills Museum, a new design is underway.

“What we would like to do is rethink some of our spaces,” Museum Supervisor Pat McKay said. “Our exhibits have pretty much remained the same.”

New design plans aim to reconfigure the museum’s store and reception desk area while considering use of the silo for a mastodon bones display.

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Published May 24, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — City and park officials gathered May 19 to dedicate the city’s newest park, Innovation Hills.

“I am so excited about today,” Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said. “A day we have been waiting for.”

Previously known as Riverbend Park, the 130-acre Innovation Hills Park is located north of Hamlin Road, east of Adams Road. An award-winning concept plan aims to fill Innovation Hills Park with art, nature trails, an ice skating rink, a kayak landing and more.

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Published May 24, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With phase one of the Shelby Community Center project — a modest new court building — underway, the Community Center Advisory Board has set its sights on phase two, or deciding what to do with the other three departments that occupy the existing building.

Township Engineer Carol Thurber said the Community Center Advisory Board looked into the “first and most logical solution” to remodel and expand the departments in the existing Community Center building, but determined that the costs were excessive.

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Published May 22, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On May 17, Grupo Antolin, a Spanish automotive interior supplier, broke ground on its latest facility, which is located in the Cherry Creek Industrial Park in Shelby Township.

The company intends to invest $61.2 million into the 360,000-square-foot building and provide more than 430 jobs, from engineers and accountants to machine operators and assemblers.

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Published May 17, 2017

FERNDALE — The city of Ferndale sold a couple of lots at its last meeting May 8, including one lot that it sold two months ago for a project that fell through.

The first lot that was sold was 1221 Wordsworth St., which is about a half an acre with an 11,479-square-foot building on the land. The land was sold for $70,000 against a $65,000 asking price.

The site was purchased by Jeff Denha, who also owns the neighboring 965 Wanda St. industrial building that contains Brass Aluminum Forging Enterprises and Allied Printing Co.

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Published May 17, 2017

FARMINGTON — Some residents want their voices to be heard loud and clear when it comes to what goes — or doesn’t go — at the Maxfield Training Center site, 33000 Thomas St.

During a May 8 Planning Commission meeting at City Hall, community members in a large crowd spoke out against a proposed $1.2 million, four-story, 189-unit apartment and townhome complex by Southfield-based AC Acquisitions. 

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Published May 17, 2017

DETROIT — For fans of popular Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co., the creators of some of Michigan’s favorite beer labels will be adding a new location in Detroit.

The announcement was made April 25 that Founders will open a taproom in the heart of the city’s South Cass neighborhood. The new facility will brew its own beverages and provide a drinking and dining experience for visitors.

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Published May 16, 2017

ROCHESTER — Shopping and dining in downtown Rochester just got more convenient, especially for those with a 9-to-5 job.

More than 50 merchants in downtown Rochester have committed to staying open until at least 8 p.m. on Thursdays as part of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority’s new Open Late Thursdays promotion.

DDA Director Kristi Trevarrow said the promotion — which kicked off May 11 — gives the public more hours to enjoy all that downtown Rochester has to offer.

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Published May 15, 2017

ROYAL OAK — So what exactly would a city center development look like?

First of all, the City Commission has made it clear that nothing has been finalized.

Discussion of a $100 million city center development began in April 2016, and after a series of town hall and public meetings spanning the past year, iterations of what the development would look like and who would maintain ownership have emerged.

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Published May 15, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Visions of a city center development including nearly $100 million in buildings and a central park on municipal property took a step toward reality when site plans for a private office building received a green light last week.

On May 9, the Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional site plan and a special use permit for the Central Park Development Group’s six-story office building.

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