Business & Development

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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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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