Business & Development

Published March 29, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 21, Shelby Township approved a resolution to submit an application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Recreation Passport Grant Program for assistance in building a pocket park along the Macomb Orchard Trail, at the southeast corner of 25 Mile and Shelby roads.

Shelby Township would provide a local match of $35,750 — including $10,000 from ITC Holdings, $25,000 from Sunoco Logistics and $750 from Slow Spokes Bicycle Club — for the $110,750 project.

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Published March 29, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 21, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved construction plans for the new court building to be located next to the Shelby Township Police Department on the township’s municipal grounds.

Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said the township’s engineering firm, Fazal Khan & Associates, solicited proposals for construction plans and recommended that the township approve Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc.’s proposal for $210,000.

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Published March 29, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights City Council has received a feasibility report from police on implementing a program similar to Project Green Light in Detroit, which uses real-time video surveillance to monitor crime at local businesses. The conclusion: Copying it would be very costly, but something similar could work. 

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Published March 27, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham is a city that knows what it wants.

When it came time to seek developers to revamp the parking structure at North Old Woodward and the surrounding parcels, it wasn’t a matter of asking builders to propose new ideas — instead, city officials wanted to find someone to bring their own vision to life.

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Published March 22, 2017

TROY — After attending a conference in New York City to glean interest from developers on tackling the 127-acre Troy city center complex, Troy City Manager Brian Kischnick said two things were apparent. 

“People have enthusiasm for Troy. The rest of the country knows it’s a great city. Also, there is significant support for this concept. There’s a lot of excitement,” Kischnick told the Troy City Council and the Planning Commission during a joint meeting March 6. 

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Published March 22, 2017

TROY — The corner of Crooks and Big Beaver roads will have a major update, and new retail and dining options in coming months.

The Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved conceptual plans for a development and an eight-story parking deck on 12.8 acres at the City Center Building, at 888 W. Big Beaver Road, east of Crooks Road, Feb. 28. 

Work on the parking deck is slated to begin next month and should be finished in the fall. The building will be painted off-white in coming weeks. 

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Published March 22, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — After a proposed condominium project that never quite got off the ground, neighbors of the vacant home at 55 S. Deeplands Road now find themselves squaring off against another development they feel would have a negative impact on the area.

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Published March 22, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — State funds will be paying for a large chunk of the price tag on improvements along Fisher Road in the City’s business district.

At press time, the City had applied for, and received, conditional approval for a Michigan Department of Transportation grant toward the project, for which construction is expected to cost $627,000, according to City Manager Pete Dame. 

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Published March 22, 2017

FERNDALE  — For more than two hours at the City Council’s March 13 meeting, residents and city officials spoke about the future of a potential parking structure on West Troy Street.

Before residents and business owners spoke, Assistant City Manager Joe Gacioch gave a presentation on where the city believes it’s heading with a mixed-use project.

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Published March 22, 2017

FERNDALE — The City Council approved the sale of two lots at its March 13 meeting on which shipping-container homes will be built.

The two lots in question are at 208 Pinecrest Drive, which the city sold for $9,000; and 857 Camden St., which the city sold for $20,000. The pieces of land originally were listed for $12,000 at Pinecrest and $14,000 at Camden, and they were on the market for more than a year and 180 days, respectively.

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Published March 22, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — During a March 7 Board of Trustees meeting, Shelby Township Planning and Zoning Department Director Glenn Wynn summarized his department’s annual planning report.

The report, mandated by the Michigan Planning Enabling Act, identified the amount of development in the township, as well as other accomplishments in 2016.

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Published March 21, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Board of Trustees approved a revised site development plan March 13 in relation to DTE Energy Service Center expansion.

The expansion will occur on 10.84 acres of land located in the 40000 block of. Elizabeth Road, east of Groesbeck Highway.

Plans were approved by a 7-0 vote Feb. 23 by the Clinton Township Planning Commission, signaling that plans were in compliance with the Clinton Township Planning and Zoning Code. Two commission members were absent.

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Published March 15, 2017

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council at its March 6 meeting began plans to amend an ordinance in the city code that addresses sidewalk obstructions during construction.

The current ordinance, which has been in place since 1981, reads, “At least 5 feet of sidewalk space shall be kept clean and clear for the free passage of pedestrians. If the building operations are such that such free passageway is impracticable, a temporary plank sidewalk with substantial railings or sidewalk shelter shall be provided around such obstruction.”

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Published March 15, 2017

BERKLEY — The Berkley city manager issued a report March 3 detailing his findings regarding allegations that residents made against builders and the city’s Building Department.

The report from City Manager Matthew Baumgarten looked at residents’ allegations that the city’s Building Department disregarded Berkley’s zoning code, code of ordinances and the Michigan Residential Building Code to favor the builders in the city.

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Published March 15, 2017

FERNDALE — City officials continue to review an Oakland County development company’s site plans for projects at the former sites of Wilson Elementary School and Taft Digital Learning Center.

The Planning Commission discussed the Taft plans at a meeting Feb. 15, while developer Robertson Brothers Homes held a neighborhood meeting near the Wilson site.

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Published March 15, 2017

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Downtown Development Authority is inviting students, professionals and members of the community to create fresh ideas for the Pavilion @ Utica Junction competition, which asks participants to design a community gathering place and pavilion on Utica Road, just north of Gratiot Avenue.

Jury members will review all submissions March 29 at the Erin Auditorium inside Roseville City Hall. 

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Published March 15, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — This spring, the Easter Bunny will be joined by several new businesses and a paper dress fashion event at the Village of Rochester Hills shopping center.

“We are having a lot of fun stuff throughout the spring and summer this year,” said Village Marketing Director Shelleen McHale.

The Easter Bunny will be available for visits and photos noon-6 p.m. April 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 14 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 15 in the Village’s Festival Park.

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Published March 15, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS —Right next to the original Meadow Brook farmhouse and the underground garage where John Dodge tinkered on automobile engines is a golf course first built in the early 1900s.

“John (Dodge) took his golf game quite seriously,” said Bill Rogers, Oakland University golf director.

Dodge, of Dodge Brothers automotive fame, built the nine-hole course so he and his friends could play a leisurely round of golf without the congested conditions of public courses. The 3,081-yard course could accommodate only one group at a time.

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Published March 15, 2017

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Avon Recreation Authority opened the doors to its second facility, at 480 E. Second St., last week, adding a fitness center, a group fitness studio and two multiuse gymnasiums right next door to its existing building.

RARA Superintendent Dave Word said the uses featured in the new building — as well as a number of the offerings in the first facility, at 500 E. Second St. — came directly from resident feedback via an open house in 2013.

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Published March 15, 2017

TROY — Nathan Bomey, named the Library of Michigan’s 2017 Michigan Notable Author, will talk about his book, “Detroit Resurrected: To Bankruptcy and Back,” at the Troy Public Library April 3. 

Bomey is a business reporter for USA Today. Before joining USA Today in 2015, he covered Detroit during its Chapter 9 bankruptcy proceedings and General Motors Co. as a business reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Bomey was named Young Journalist of the Year in 2015 by the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter. This is his debut book. 

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