Business & Development

Published February 22, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Beautification Commission recognized residents and Michigan First Credit Union at the commission’s 2016 Landscape Awards Feb. 15.

Eastpointe City Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr., the council liaison for the Beautification Commission, explained why the city enjoys giving out these awards.

“We work on putting events like this together to recognize all the residents that do great things throughout the city to keep their property clean, and that’s what we recognize today,” said DeMonaco.

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Published February 22, 2017

ROCHESTER — A number of new businesses have recently set up shop in downtown Rochester, and many more are in the works, according to the Rochester Downtown Development Authority.

Mi State of Mind — a new store and brand specializing in Michigan-themed apparel, home goods, food and more — has opened at 408 S. Main St., in the space formerly occupied by Subway.

Rochester native Andy Buss, 28, and his wife, Bailey, 26, came up with the idea for the brand back in the summer of 2014.

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Published February 22, 2017

TROY — The numerous residents who oppose plans for a three- to five-story, 140-unit apartment complex on the east side of McClure Drive will have a chance to air their views to the City Council soon. 

The Planning Commission voted 7-0 Feb. 14 to recommend for approval a conditional rezoning of 2.57 acres north of Big Beaver Road, west of Crooks Road, from one-family residential to a Big Beaver form-based district, with stipulations. Planning Commissioner Philip Sanzica was absent from the meeting.

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Published February 22, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Business leaders from across the region attended the fifth annual Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14 at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel joined Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development Director John Paul Rea to recognize the award winners.

JEM Tech Group in Clinton Township won the Efficiency Expert award.

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Published February 21, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Rezoning for a $33 million development was approved last week, bringing a Beaumont lifestyle community closer to reality.

The City Commission greenlighted a planned unit development designation for the shuttered former Northwood Shopping Plaza at the southwest corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, and the adjacent Belle Court Apartments, during its Feb. 13 regular meeting.

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Published February 21, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Despite a core neighborhood group’s opposition to a high-density, luxury apartment building proposal, the project will move forward following unanimous approval.

City commissioners voted in favor of the Harrison II development agreement during the commission’s Feb. 13 regular meeting.

The Harrison II would complement the Harrison I and would be located to the north of the existing development on East Harrison Avenue.

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Published February 21, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Although Grosse Pointe City leaders and others have said that residents in the Grosse Pointes have been clamoring for a local hotel for years, attendees of a presentation from three potential Village hotel developers seemed to share the opposite view.

A crowd estimated at more than 150 packed Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church for a presentation in front of the City Council Feb. 13, with many in the audience expressing concerns about building a hotel in downtown Grosse Pointe.

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Published February 16, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — Business leaders from across the region attended the fifth annual Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14 at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel joined Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development Director John Paul Rea to recognize the award winners.

R&E Automated Systems in Macomb Township won the Champion of Workforce Development award.

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Published February 15, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A proposal to redevelop the Tennis House building and property — at 360 Moselle Place — into a small condominium complex will be in front of the Grosse Pointe Farms City Council for final site plan approval next month.

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Published February 15, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — That longstanding belief about the Grosse Pointes being unable to handle any additional commercial development because of their small size and location on Lake St. Clair — making them inaccessible from one side except by boat — just got thrown out.

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Published February 14, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — A major company is cutting ties with Southfield.

Microsoft Corp. announced Feb. 3 a plan to move its Michigan Technology Center from 2000 Town Center in Southfield to downtown Detroit in early 2018.

During the announcement, Microsoft was also joined by representatives of Bedrock LLC, the real estate company heading the move.

Microsoft will move its operations from Southfield to Bedrock’s One Campus Martius building, which also houses Quicken Loans.

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Published February 14, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — More than a year after a new zoning classification was made — and granted to a portion of the property of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House — City Council voted Feb. 6 to clarify the language in the rezoning motion.

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Published February 14, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Residents throughout Eastpointe have seen progress being made at the former Colonial Dodge site along Stephens Road and Gratiot Avenue.

Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane explained the progress on the west side of the development site, where DriveTime Car Sales will have its first dealership in Michigan.

“The city sold the property a couple years ago. Now we have two new developments going on over there. The west side one that was approved by the Planning Commission and council last fall is DriveTime Car Sales,” said Duchane.

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Published February 9, 2017

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The $40 million Proton Therapy Center slated to open this spring at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, the resurgence of Pontiac and local investment took center stage when Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson delivered his State of the County address Feb. 8.

Patterson, in his seventh term as county executive, spoke to an audience of over 600 at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac.

“Did you know Beaumont Health has become Oakland County’s largest employer, with over 17,000 full-time employees in our county?” Patterson said.

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Published February 8, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS/GROSSE POINTE CITY — Although longtime owner Pat Brinker will no longer be the constant presence she was at The League Shop, new owner Patrick Fabian has talked her into staying connected to the beloved longtime business.

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Published February 8, 2017

FARMINGTON — Downtown Farmington is a bit flashier with the recent installation of a rapid flashing beacon, which allows for smoother unsignaled crosswalk crossings for pedestrians.

The city installed the new crosswalk safety feature at Farmington Road near State Street after a number of residents voiced their opinions about what they deemed to be dangerous unsignaled crosswalks downtown.

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Published February 8, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — For more than four decades, Pat Brinker had the inside scoop on some of the happiest moments in her community.

As the owner of The League Shop on the Hill, she helped countless customers pick out plaques for graduations, china patterns for weddings, baby gifts for expectant parents, decorative items for first — or second, or third — homes, and anniversary presents to mark those relationship milestones.

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Published February 6, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Residents will soon have a new reason to cheer, as the city welcomes its first semi-pro team to the field at Royal Oak High School.

The Oakland County Football Club announced late last month that it is moving its semi-professional soccer organization from Rochester Hills to Royal Oak to bring fresh entertainment and action to the city.

“I think it’s exciting,” said Royal Oak Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids, adding that it fills a void in the city in the sports team category.

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Published February 1, 2017

TROY — The Troy City Council unanimously approved a site plan Jan. 23 for 20 homes on 9.4 acres at the southwest intersection of Long Lake and Beach roads, the first plan submitted under new development zoning guidelines.

Joe Maniaci, of Mondrian Properties — a developer known in the community for clear-cutting thousands of trees on various parcels to develop high-end detached condominiums — said he plans to preserve natural spaces and mature trees for this project. 

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Published February 1, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Closing time for bars and restaurants that serve alcohol is about to get later in Grosse Pointe City.

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