Business & Development

Published October 17, 2016

WARREN — On a 4.6-acre site near Warren City Hall, where a dilapidated motel once stood on Van Dyke in the shadow of the General Motors Technical Center, rows of shimmering new cars are lined up for sale.

Dealer Greg Jackson’s new Prestige Tech Center Cadillac, the first retail location in the country to sport the iconic brand’s transformed image tied to its Project Pinnacle program, is open for business.

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Published October 14, 2016

Maple Lane Golf Club in Sterling Heights will eventually be transformed into a redesigned golf course with an accompanying housing community for senior residents, according to plans from Moceri Cos.

Moceri Cos., which specializes in building and development and is based in Auburn Hills, has announced plans to build a housing development near Maple Lane Drive called Verandas, which will also contain a senior living development called Blossom Lane. Verandas is expected to be a $300 million project, according to a company press release.

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Published October 12, 2016

BERKLEY — A local restaurant’s plans to rezone an area to create more parking space was denied unanimously by the Berkley City Council at its Oct. 3 meeting.

The matter before the council was to conditionally rezone Lots 306, 307, 308 and the east 20 feet of Lot 305 in the city from a single-family residential district to a parking district.

Vinsetta Garage, 27799 Woodward Ave., brought the rezoning request to council in order to obtain more parking space by tearing down homes that the restaurant bought on Oxford Street.

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Published October 12, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Although offices are still being built inside, some doctors have already started to move into a new medical office building on the campus of Beaumont Hospital-Grosse Pointe at 468 Cadieux Road.

A Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce event at the building Oct. 4 also served as an early ribbon-cutting ceremony, as the first doctors start to open practices there. Cardiologists were slated to move into the building this week, and pulmonary doctors were slated to follow.

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Published October 12, 2016

DETROIT — Detroit’s comeback has been aided, in no small part, by the entrepreneurs who have worked to establish new businesses in the city.

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Published October 12, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Forget what you used to know about ReStore Farmington.

After a recent grand reopening at the store, 28575 Grand River Ave. in Farmington Hills, Julie Nemeth, marketing and public relations consultant of ReStore Farmington, said there have been major improvements and renovations. 

“People have a preconceived notion about what it was before. We want to get rid of that,” she said during an interview at the store Oct. 7. 

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Published October 12, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A segment of Clinton Township is continuing to see improvement, or at least that’s the hope.

On Sept. 19, a more thorough neighborhood revitalization plan, or NRP, was presented to the Board of Trustees regarding the area near Gratiot Avenue and 15 Mile Road.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It’s still a long way from being approved, finalized and constructed, but the owner of Tivoli’s Pizzeria in Shelby Township and Richmond is eyeing a third location in Macomb Township.

Lorenzo Evola, of Tivoli’s, came before the Macomb Township Planning Commission Oct. 4 to petition to rezone a piece of property he owns at Hall Road and North Avenue from residential to general commercial usage.

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Published October 12, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 4, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to hire a real estate agent to sell four double lots on the undeveloped township-owned property known as Bellarine Manor Subdivision, next to Cherry Creek Golf Course.

An engineering study conducted last year revealed that there were wetlands on many of the 15 vacant lots, which would decrease the value of the sale of the total property as a package. The township decided to combine eight lots into four lots and sell them individually.

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Published October 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Plans are proceeding for the renovation of the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center, with a contractor hired by City Council set to begin mobilizing on the site as soon as this month.

The city awarded the bid to Cross Construction, the lowest bidder on the project, with two alternates and a slight modification to the plan.

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Published October 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local restaurant owner wanting to expand his business to include alcohol sales had his request turned down by City Council, whose members said they are being more selective now that the city only has two liquor licenses left to give.

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Published October 5, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — David McCaulley does it for the love of nature.

“We have a couple ducks that fly in every year,” said the resident of Glenbrook, who was one of the residents and businesses honored by the St. Clair Shores Beautification Committee with a 2016 Beautification Award.

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Published October 5, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Along with residents, business owners in the city were honored for their work beautifying their landscapes.

St. John Medical Center on 12 Mile Road, Buffalo Wild Wings on Harper Avenue, and the Windwood Pointe Condominium Association received commendations this year for their work beautifying the city.

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Published October 5, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Mike LeFevre, the owner of Mike’s on the Water on the Nautical Mile, was granted approval in September to build a pair of second-story decks on his popular waterfront eatery.

“I’m excited to be here. This is another step to make this not only a St. Clair Shores Nautical Mile attraction, but I really believe I can get it to be a Midwest attraction,” said LeFevre to City Council at its Sept. 19 meeting.

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Published October 5, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A national sports restaurant chain has been approved to continue plans for a location at Hall Road and Romeo Plank.

Bubba’s 33 gained site plan approval from the Macomb Township Planning Commission Sept. 20.

It will be located on the same site of the closed Brann’s Steakhouse, but restaurant officials said they plan to tear down the former structure and rebuild from scratch.

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Published October 4, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — It was months in the making, but OHM Advisors — the firm selected to develop a conceptual, market-driven master redevelopment plan for Northland Center, 21500 Northwestern Highway —  recently presented the final master plan for the site.

At the Sept. 26 Southfield City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved the plan.

A week prior, at a Sept. 19 Committee of the Whole meeting, representatives from OHM presented the final master plan to council.
Aaron Domini, senior planner and partner at OHM, gave the presentation.

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Published October 3, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The former location of Sam’s Market finally has a buyer after several years of being vacant.

The location, 10099 W. 11 Mile Road, has been vacant since as far back as 2010, but the city purchased it about two and a half years ago, according to City Manager Amy Sullivan.

The sale, approved by the City Commission at its Sept. 29 meeting, will close on Oct. 5 for $250,000. The city paid $270,000 when it purchased Sam’s; the buyer will need to pay for a new roof on the building.

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Published October 3, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley Planning Commission has been working for about two months to gather information to create a new amendment to the city’s master plan.

The commission held an open house in August to hear residents’ opinions about how they saw the future of Berkley’s landscape. The hope was that the information gathered would lend itself to creating a master plan amendment that would supercede the last amendment passed in August 2015.

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Published October 3, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — South off 13 Mile Road on Barrington Avenue, about 1 1/2 blocks down on the east side, there’s a quarter-acre plot of land called Gravel Park. It’s little known and seldom used, featuring a limited tree canopy decimated by the emerald ash borer, and no playscape since the prior one was removed and never replaced.

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Published September 27, 2016

FARMINGTON — The deal is finally done.

After years of anticipation, the Farmington Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the sale of the Maxfield Training Center for $1.2 million to AC Acquisitions to develop about 163 apartments and seven townhomes.

The vote came during a school board meeting Sept. 20.

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