Business & Development

Published December 14, 2016

CLAWSON — Mayor Penny Luebs says one of the reasons generations of families remain in the community is because the city allows residents to age in place.

“It is a phenomenon in Clawson that people who live here stay here,” she said, adding that when kids go away to college or move early in life, the majority of the time, they return. “So, neighbors do know neighbors in Clawson, and truly we are a community for a lifetime.”

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Published December 12, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — After standing vacant for more than 2 1/2 years, the Emerald Theatre in downtown Mount Clemens will come back to life on Dec. 15 with a live show benefiting local children’s hospitals.

The highly awaited event, titled Blaine’s Not So Silent Nite, will feature performances by Blue October, Wrabel and Blaine Fowler in #TheBlaineFowlerExperience. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Owner and developer John Hanna, from Hanna Development and Management in Royal Oak, said he’s teamed up with 96.3 WDVD for this inaugural show.

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Published December 7, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council approved the demolition of a home, contingent on a judge’s ruling, that has had more than 20 code enforcement violations since 2010.

From 2010 to 2016, the home, located at 465 E. Hazelhurst St., was given 22 code enforcement violations. Since 2009, the last year that the city believes the home was occupied, the home has had incidents ranging from fires, flooding, mold and vermin infestation.

The condemnation plan for the home began in August 2015, which the Oakland County Circuit Court approved this past August.

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Published December 7, 2016

Derek Mikulski wants to raise the bar on home fitness routines in metro Detroit and beyond, and he is seeking crowdfunding to get it done.

Mikulski, founder and inventor of the ActivMotion Bar exercise device, hopes to raise at least $50,000 toward growing his business, creating jobs in Macomb County and putting together fitness materials surrounding his product, he said. At press time, the campaign had raised just over $24,000.

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Published December 7, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The latest development in a proposed $100 million civic center project has elected officials considering a new design for City Hall and departing from a public-private partnership.

During the Nov. 28 City Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously approved diverting previously approved design dollars to create plans for a stand-alone structure.

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Published December 7, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A popular specialty grocery store is growing.

Village Food Market at 18310 Mack Ave. is in the midst of a major expansion and renovation that finds it occupying almost an entire city block. In preparation for this project, the store took over the former Preferred Cleaners at 18300 Mack Ave. and tore down that structure in 2015. They’re now also taking over the former Bolton Johnson Realty at 18340 Mack Ave.

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Published December 7, 2016

TROY — The Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved site plans for 29 detached condominiums on 9.8 acres east of Rochester Road — north of Wattles Road, south of Lamb Road — despite some residents’ concerns about safety and traffic. 

A number of residents spoke about the development at the Nov. 29 Planning Commission meeting. Concerns centered on the narrowness of the road and the lack of sidewalks on Lamb Road, which residents thought would see increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic from the new homes. 

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Published December 7, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the continued success of Baffin Brewery and another microbrewery on the way for Harper Avenue, news that a third brewer is trying to locate in St. Clair Shores was met with excitement from City Council.

“This is a great project for the Nautical Mile,” said Councilman Ron Frederick. “We’re becoming Grand Rapids East. We’re starting our brewing thing.”

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Published December 1, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Turnberry Park Condominiums will officially call West Bloomfield Township home at an open house at noon Dec. 11 at 7413 Brookberry Court.

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Published December 1, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Several cuts across a strip of yellow caution tape marked the beginning of a new era for West Bloomfield Township, which celebrated the widening of the Orchard Lake Road-Maple Road intersection Nov. 29.

The Orchard Lake Road-Maple Road intersection has been widened to allow multiple turn lanes and now incorporates a leading left-turn lane that allows vehicles in those lanes to drive first. A leading left-turn sequence features a green arrow just before oncoming straight-ahead traffic has a green light. The left-turn phase ends with a yellow arrow.

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Published November 30, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved an amended conditional zoning application for a 6.7-acre property located near the northeast corner of 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

The revised design plan includes 22 duplexes and a 13,000-square-foot, one-story office building, instead of higher-density housing and a two-story office building.

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Published November 30, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to authorize the design and construction of a 15,000- to 17,000-square-foot district court building next to the Shelby Township Police Department in the township municipal complex, at a cost not to exceed $4.5 million.

During the past 15 years, the township has considered different ideas about how to address the cramped, aging 41-A District Court in Shelby Township, which currently shares a building with the library, senior center and Shelby TV.

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Published November 30, 2016

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AUBURN HILLS — A press conference was held Nov. 22 to announce that the Detroit Pistons will soon be leaving Auburn Hills for downtown Detroit.

The announcement came as no surprise to Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Gingell, R-Clarkston. 

Gingell, who represents Auburn Hills and several nearby communities, said he had been aware of the potential for the Pistons to leave the Palace of Auburn Hills for several months. 

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Published November 30, 2016

DETROIT — The Earthworks Urban Farm, which is run by the Capuchin Soup Kitchen of Detroit, will be having an open house to show the community what it does, why it does it and how it helps people.

An urban farm is a farm that is located within a highly populated city. The Earthworks Urban Farm was founded in 1987 and produces fresh, locally sourced food, and much of it goes to Detroit’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen and those the kitchen helps.

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Published November 30, 2016

FRANKLIN — The people of Franklin are inviting the public to kick off the holiday shopping season in style with the annual Sip, Shop and Stroll event.

Sip, Shop and Stroll is organized by Main Street Franklin, which promotes local businesses in the historic village. The event was created to provide people with an opportunity to begin their holiday shopping in a festive atmosphere and in a way that allows them to shop locally.

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Published November 29, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council approved 6-0 the distribution of its proposed residential future land use master plan amendment to surrounding communities and utility agencies at its most recent meeting Nov. 21.

With the distribution approved, there now will be a 63-day review period where residents, nearby communities, schools and agencies such as Consumers Energy, DTE Energy and the Planning Department in Oakland County will have a chance to read the plan and make comments or propose potential changes.

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Published November 23, 2016

FERNDALE — The holiday shopping season is starting to pick up, and with many people visiting the big chain stores in search of presents for family and friends, Ferndale is hoping to attract customers to its small businesses instead.

Small Business Saturday will return to the downtown area beginning at 11 a.m. Nov. 26 at the Rust Belt Market in the Ferndale Plaza Shopping Center, 22801 Woodward Ave.

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Published November 23, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The expansion that was recently completed at McLaren Macomb Medical Center means more individuals battling cancer will get more of the vital services they need.

Following two years of construction to renovate and expand both the interior and exterior, the construction project to expand the capacity and capabilities of the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren’s Ted B. Wahby Cancer Center was completed two weeks ago.

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Published November 23, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — McLaren Macomb Medical Center has a new chief medical officer in Dennis J. Cunningham, a former infectious disease physician.

Cunningham assumed his duties on Oct. 31. The position of CMO was made vacant after David Pinelli announced he was returning to practice.

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Published November 22, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Plans barely moved forward last week to build a $15.5 million, seven-story parking structure on the Second Street parking lot across from the post office.

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