Business & Development

Published November 19, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Once your Thanksgiving turkey is digested and you’ve managed to escape the big box stores in one piece on Black Friday, your holiday excitement is far from over.

Small Business Saturday — a campaign started in 2010 by American Express to encourage shoppers to keep their holiday gift dollars in the community by shopping with local, independent retailers and restaurants instead of larger chain stores — falls on Nov. 26 this year.

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Published November 9, 2016

FERNDALE — The city of Ferndale reviewed an update for its master plan at its most recent City Council meeting before posting it on its website for a community-wide review.

The update of the plan was presented to the council at its Oct. 24 meeting. The presentation detailed the goals of the plan for the next five years and how the city hopes to accomplish them.

One aspect the city is focusing on, City Planner Justin Lyons said, is the implementation of the master plan.

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Published November 9, 2016

FERNDALE — With the City Council’s approval of a site for a potential mixed-use parking structure, the next phase is to get resident input.

The council at its Oct. 24 meeting approved Lot No. 6, located at the southeast corner of West Troy Street and Allen Road, as the site of a future mixed-use parking structure. The city envisions the deck to be four levels, 126,400 square feet in size, with 389 parking spaces and the potential for commercial properties and possibly residential uses as well.

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Published November 9, 2016

ROCHESTER — Those anxious to begin their holiday shopping are invited to the Downtown Rochester Holiday Expo.

The event will be held 5-7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Royal Park Hotel and is a chance for the public to get to know the products and services offered in Rochester, just in time for the holidays.

Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce Director Sheri Heiney said the chamber is pleased to partner, once again, with the Downtown Development Authority for this “marquee community event.”

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Published November 9, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — The call is out, and now it’s up to developers to respond.

At press time, Grosse Pointe City officials had sent out a request for proposal, or RFP, to a number of developers with regard to the creation of a small boutique hotel in the Village. The RFP, put together by City Manager Pete Dame, was approved unanimously by the City Council at its Oct. 17 meeting.

Dame said the City had been approached in recent weeks by at least two developers who were interested in building a Village hotel.

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Published November 9, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 1, the Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to sell four double lots on the undeveloped, township-owned property known as “Bellarine Subdivision,” next to Cherry Creek Golf Course, to local developer Simone Mauro for $240,000 and allot the revenue to a splash park feature at Gene Shepherd Park.

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Published November 9, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 1, Shelby Township officials outlined a solution to the problem of the Shelby Community Center: Build a modest new court beside the Police Department and renovate the existing building with no bonds, loans or cost to the taxpayers.

The cramped and aging building on Van Dyke Avenue, north of 23 Mile Road, currently houses the 41-A District Court, as well as the township’s senior center, library, and cable TV studios and offices.

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Published November 8, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A long stretch of sewer piping in Clinton Township is getting an overhaul.

On Oct. 17, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved emergency cured in place pipe, or CIPP, lining underneath Interstate 94. It is a modification to an additional work scope.

The board previously approved costs Sept. 19 to perform a closed-circuit TV, or CCTV, study of 15 inches of sanitary sewer pipe under I-94 and the Roseville-Clinton-Harrison Drain.

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Published November 8, 2016

FRASER — Fraser First Booster Club has come a long way in making McKinley Barrier-Free Park a reality for residents of Fraser and Macomb County.

Now, the club has something new to celebrate: a grant garnered without aid from the city.

The nonprofit organization, which was formed in 2010, announced that, on Sept. 20, the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan adopted a resolution that awarded a $42,000 grant for an interactive piece of playground equipment known as the Sway Fun Glider.

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Published November 8, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The city of Madison Heights has been named a five-star community for business in the annual eCities study conducted by iLabs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The announcement was made Nov. 2. Five stars is the highest number of stars a community can receive. Last year, Madison Heights was four stars.

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Published November 3, 2016

TROY — The Troy Public Library, City Hall, the police station and 52-4 District Court could be nestled amid a public square, ponds, a fountain, retail shops, restaurants, a hotel, a food market and homes in coming years. 

The city hired Robert Gibbs, an urban planner and president of Gibbs Planning Group, to present options to redevelop the 127-acre city complex and look at mixed uses on the site. The study costs $200,000.

Gibbs presented four different plans for the 127-acre Civic Center site during a forum held at the Troy Community Center Aug. 18. 

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Published November 3, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — With a scoop of their gold-tinged shovels, Mayor Ken Massey and Beaumont Health and Farmington Hills officials dug into a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the hospital’s expansion Oct. 25.

“(It’s an) exciting day for us,” Carolyn Wilson, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Beaumont Health, said during the event.

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Published November 2, 2016

CENTER LINE — They’re the prettiest places people live, eat and shop. You may notice them while driving through town — the ones that truly stand out and make Center Line’s thoroughfares and neighborhoods shine.

The owners of two beautiful homes and one well-kept business were recognized by the Center Line City Council earlier this month after members of the city’s Beautification Commission sifted through dozens of nominations for the second annual David W. Hanselman Beautiful Homes Contest.

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Published November 2, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The third time coming before the City Council, a proposal for a new roof for the North End Fire Station was approved, with some hesitation.

The city’s engineering firm, Anderson Eckstein and Westrick, worked with the Fire Department on the request for proposal after problems arose from the first two bidding processes dating back nearly six months.

This time, requests were put out for bids for a rubber roof like that which is currently on the station, as well as a metal roof. 

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Published November 2, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When the lot was packed gravel, rainwater would just run off, into Harper Avenue, into the storm drains and eventually into the lake.

With that runoff went oils, heavy metals and other dirt and debris carried by cars and their engines.

So when the city had an opportunity to improve the parking lot, and help Lake St. Clair and the environment at the same time, they jumped at the chance.

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Published November 2, 2016

DETROIT — Since 2006, community action group ARISE Detroit! has worked to build a sense of momentum and bring people together by helping them build up and improve the city of Detroit. 

One of the biggest steps the group takes each year is its annual Neighborhood Rising Summit every November. This one-day event features a variety of discussions, panels and classes to teach attendees how they can join or start initiatives to improve the community, or how an existing group can improve its effectiveness.

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Published November 2, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield City Council struck down a plan recently that would have allowed the Kroger at Evergreen and 12 Mile to build a fuel center.

At the Oct. 24 City Council meeting, David Koppenhafer, senior real estate manager for Kroger, and attorney Dennis Cowan, representing the property owner, Phillippi SPE LLC, requested that the council approve a special use request that would allow for a new Kroger Fuel Center development on the corner of west 12 Mile and Evergreen roads, in the Evergreen Shopping Center.

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Published November 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission voted unanimously last week in favor of approving a three-month extension with a team interested in developing city-owned property on the south side of downtown.

Commissioners gave their collective nod to Burton-Katzman LLC on Oct. 24, allowing an extension of an exclusivity agreement that the firm has with the city to construct a mixed-use development on the parking lots at 600 and 700 South Main St.

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Published November 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners voted unanimously last week to move forward with engineering and development plans for a potential $100 million Royal Oak Civic Center development in place of the current City Hall.

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Published November 1, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council unanimously approved a site recommendation for a potential mixed-use parking structure in the downtown.

Council approved the Downtown Parking Committee’s recommendation of Lot No. 6, which is located at the southeast corner of West Troy Street and Allen Road.

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