Business & Development

Published May 10, 2017

TROY — A Troy development company, Tollbrook LLC,  filed suit in federal court May 4 claiming that the Troy City Council’s denial of a rezoning request to allow a five-story, 140-unit apartment complex adjacent to McClure Drive was unconstitutional. 

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Published May 10, 2017

ROSEVILLE — The city of Roseville is soliciting qualified developers to submit bids for an industrial property at 27970 Groesbeck Highway until 11 a.m. May 31. 

A minimum bid on the property must be $115,000 and must be accompanied by a 10 percent deposit in the form of a cashier’s check or certified check. 

According to the city’s website, all bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope, marked with the bid number and received in the Purchasing Office. All bids will be submitted to the Roseville City Council. 

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Published May 10, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Sterling Heights City Council gave a Class C liquor license and associated permits April 18 to a California-based restaurant chain’s new location.

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. plans to open a new restaurant, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, near Hall Road/M-59 and Schoenherr Road, at 14455 Lakeside Circle. The property used to contain a Linens ‘n’ Things store before it went out of business.

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Published May 3, 2017

TROY — Plans for 59 high-end homes on a parcel of land owned by the Troy School District — adjacent to Raintree Park, north of Big Beaver Road and west of John R Road — will now go to the Troy City Council for consideration. 

On March 21, the Troy School District Board of Education voted to request proposals for various parcels of undeveloped land the district had purchased with the intent to build schools, but which district officials said are no longer needed. 

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Published May 3, 2017

TROY — Saying the plan was too imposing to neighbors, the Troy Planning Commission postponed consideration of a two-story, 19,167-square-foot addition to a church on Long Lake Road, east of John R Road, April 25. 

Bethesda Romanian Pentecostal Church officials submitted plans for the addition to their church on the north side of the property, adjacent to Tucker Drive, which included a multipurpose room, a gymnasium, eight classrooms and a kitchen. 

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Published May 3, 2017

DETROIT — On April 20, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron blessed a new property expansion for the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

For more than a century, the institution at the corner of Linwood Street and Chicago Boulevard has been a pillar of the Detroit community through good times and bad. Those involved in the blessing said this is a sign that the city is entering into good times. 

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Published May 2, 2017

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Senior Advisory Committee for the city of Huntington Woods delivered a report to the City Commission on April 25 regarding housing options for seniors.

The report, titled “Housing Options for an Aging Population,” goes back at least five years and stems from the city’s desire to study the need for and feasibility of different housing options for seniors in Huntington Woods. Over that time, the city obtained community input through surveys, open houses and workshops.

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Published May 2, 2017

BERKLEY — Several dozen residents packed into City Hall April 25 for the city’s Planning Commission meeting to voice their displeasure about a potential apartment complex that developers are looking to build on an old school site.

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Published May 1, 2017

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County has rebounded to “cruising altitude” since the 2009 recession low point, according to University of Michigan economists.

“The big story is that it continues to improve in the eighth year of recovery,” said economist Gabriel Ehrlich. He said Oakland County has outstripped the nation and the state in job growth since 2009.

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Published April 26, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Since 1954, young ballplayers of the Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League have played on the diamonds and fields of Ghesquire Park.

Love for the game has continued for the past several decades, and parents, volunteers and team members of the current league are on a quest to improve and update certain areas of the park. The all-volunteer GPWSLL currently uses four of five diamonds for baseball and softball at the park. Ghesquire Park is located behind City Hall at 20025 Mack Ave.

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Published April 26, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Progress continues to be made on the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center, with a bid approved for equipment for the newly expanded fitness center at the April 17 City Council meeting.

“This has been a process over the last couple years, looking at different fitness centers, getting different ideas,” said Parks and Recreation Director Greg Esler. “This really went super well. We have a spacious new fitness center that, hopefully, is going to be operational in six to seven weeks.” 

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Published April 26, 2017

WARREN — Responding to the persistent concerns of residents and their own visual observations, members of the Warren City Council have seemingly had enough of the unfinished construction on church property at the corner of Masonic and Schoenherr.

Earlier this month, the council voted unanimously to direct Warren’s legal department to initiate steps to force resolution on the site of an expansion at Life Application Ministries Christian Church.

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Published April 26, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The next phase of the Iron Belle Trail in Shelby Township is set to connect the Macomb Orchard Trail at Dequindre Road to Gene Shepherd Park, located near Dequindre and 23 Mile roads.

According to a Macomb County Department of Roads project information sheet, the project start date was April 10 and the estimated completion date is July 31.

The 0.85-mile, hot mix asphalt, shared-use path will travel along Dequindre Road from 24 Mile to 23 Mile roads. During the project, the contractor will maintain access to residential and commercial properties.

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Published April 19, 2017

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners last week unanimously supported extending an agreement with developers interested in creating a Royal Oak city center at a time when the project experienced some key changes.

The April 10 approval granted a fifth extension to the Central Park Development Group’s  preferred-developer exclusivity period, passed control of many of the civic campus structures to the city and left the development group solely in charge of its proposed seven-story office building.

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Published April 19, 2017

TROY — Troy’s assessed property values, at $5.24 billion, rank it third in the state — again, based on 2016 property values culled from the Michigan Department of Treasury. 

“We’ve been third for a couple years,” said Troy City Assessor Nino Licari. “We dropped to fourth behind Grand Rapids after the crash (of 2008),” he said. “Grand Rapids didn’t get hit as hard as the east side of the state.”

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Published April 19, 2017

TROY — The Troy Planning Commission asked a developer to come back with a different design for a 244-bed skilled nursing facility on 8.23 acres at the southwest corner of Maple and Axtell roads. 

Troy Senior Leasing asked the Planning Commission at its April 11 meeting to consider preliminary site plans for the facility in an industrial/business district that would be located on the site of the now-vacant McGregor’s manufacturing plant, which was approved for a 248-unit apartment complex in 2014. 

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Published April 19, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — New tennis courts will be coming to Osius Park, but they might not be coming in time for players this summer.

Grosse Pointe Shores City Councilman Robert Barrette, the council liaison to the Park and Harbor Committee, said they’re considering several options, including moving the courts to the south of the forthcoming new entrance driveway or replacing the old courts at the current location.

“They’re basically playable currently,” he said during a March 21 City Council meeting.

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Published April 18, 2017

FERNDALE — To fix what the city identified as some inconsistencies, the City Council unanimously approved text amendments for city zoning districts at its April 10 meeting.

The amendments fix language in the R-1 (single-family residential), R-3 (single/multiple-family residential), MXD-1 (mixed-use 1) and MXD-2 (mixed-use 2) zoning districts.

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Published April 18, 2017

FERNDALE — The City Council sent back plans regarding a proposed apartment complex at the former El Shaddai Church after receiving criticism from residents that they weren’t informed of the project prior to the April 10 meeting.

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Published April 15, 2017

WARREN — Residents wishing to take in a newly released, first-run movie amid modern creature comforts like reclining seats and extra legroom no longer have to trek to theaters outside the city.

The new Universal Grand Cinema 16 opened April 7 on the Universal Mall property at 12 Mile and Dequindre, in space that previously operated as the Cinemark Movies 16.

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