Business & Development

Published December 7, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the continued success of Baffin Brewery and another microbrewery on the way for Harper Avenue, news that a third brewer is trying to locate in St. Clair Shores was met with excitement from City Council.

“This is a great project for the Nautical Mile,” said Councilman Ron Frederick. “We’re becoming Grand Rapids East. We’re starting our brewing thing.”

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Published December 7, 2016

TROY — The Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved site plans for 29 detached condominiums on 9.8 acres east of Rochester Road — north of Wattles Road, south of Lamb Road — despite some residents’ concerns about safety and traffic. 

A number of residents spoke about the development at the Nov. 29 Planning Commission meeting. Concerns centered on the narrowness of the road and the lack of sidewalks on Lamb Road, which residents thought would see increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic from the new homes. 

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Published December 1, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Turnberry Park Condominiums will officially call West Bloomfield Township home at an open house at noon Dec. 11 at 7413 Brookberry Court.

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Published December 1, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Several cuts across a strip of yellow caution tape marked the beginning of a new era for West Bloomfield Township, which celebrated the widening of the Orchard Lake Road-Maple Road intersection Nov. 29.

The Orchard Lake Road-Maple Road intersection has been widened to allow multiple turn lanes and now incorporates a leading left-turn lane that allows vehicles in those lanes to drive first. A leading left-turn sequence features a green arrow just before oncoming straight-ahead traffic has a green light. The left-turn phase ends with a yellow arrow.

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Published November 30, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved an amended conditional zoning application for a 6.7-acre property located near the northeast corner of 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

The revised design plan includes 22 duplexes and a 13,000-square-foot, one-story office building, instead of higher-density housing and a two-story office building.

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Published November 30, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to authorize the design and construction of a 15,000- to 17,000-square-foot district court building next to the Shelby Township Police Department in the township municipal complex, at a cost not to exceed $4.5 million.

During the past 15 years, the township has considered different ideas about how to address the cramped, aging 41-A District Court in Shelby Township, which currently shares a building with the library, senior center and Shelby TV.

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Published November 30, 2016

FRANKLIN — The people of Franklin are inviting the public to kick off the holiday shopping season in style with the annual Sip, Shop and Stroll event.

Sip, Shop and Stroll is organized by Main Street Franklin, which promotes local businesses in the historic village. The event was created to provide people with an opportunity to begin their holiday shopping in a festive atmosphere and in a way that allows them to shop locally.

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Published November 30, 2016

DETROIT — The Earthworks Urban Farm, which is run by the Capuchin Soup Kitchen of Detroit, will be having an open house to show the community what it does, why it does it and how it helps people.

An urban farm is a farm that is located within a highly populated city. The Earthworks Urban Farm was founded in 1987 and produces fresh, locally sourced food, and much of it goes to Detroit’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen and those the kitchen helps.

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Published November 30, 2016

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AUBURN HILLS — A press conference was held Nov. 22 to announce that the Detroit Pistons will soon be leaving Auburn Hills for downtown Detroit.

The announcement came as no surprise to Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Gingell, R-Clarkston. 

Gingell, who represents Auburn Hills and several nearby communities, said he had been aware of the potential for the Pistons to leave the Palace of Auburn Hills for several months. 

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Published November 29, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council approved 6-0 the distribution of its proposed residential future land use master plan amendment to surrounding communities and utility agencies at its most recent meeting Nov. 21.

With the distribution approved, there now will be a 63-day review period where residents, nearby communities, schools and agencies such as Consumers Energy, DTE Energy and the Planning Department in Oakland County will have a chance to read the plan and make comments or propose potential changes.

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Published November 23, 2016

FERNDALE — The holiday shopping season is starting to pick up, and with many people visiting the big chain stores in search of presents for family and friends, Ferndale is hoping to attract customers to its small businesses instead.

Small Business Saturday will return to the downtown area beginning at 11 a.m. Nov. 26 at the Rust Belt Market in the Ferndale Plaza Shopping Center, 22801 Woodward Ave.

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Published November 23, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The expansion that was recently completed at McLaren Macomb Medical Center means more individuals battling cancer will get more of the vital services they need.

Following two years of construction to renovate and expand both the interior and exterior, the construction project to expand the capacity and capabilities of the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren’s Ted B. Wahby Cancer Center was completed two weeks ago.

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Published November 23, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — McLaren Macomb Medical Center has a new chief medical officer in Dennis J. Cunningham, a former infectious disease physician.

Cunningham assumed his duties on Oct. 31. The position of CMO was made vacant after David Pinelli announced he was returning to practice.

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Published November 22, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Plans barely moved forward last week to build a $15.5 million, seven-story parking structure on the Second Street parking lot across from the post office.

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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, 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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