Business & Development

Published August 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Whether you shop there or have driven in the area of Fisher Road and Grosse Pointe Boulevard in recent months, you know that Fresh Farms Market is undergoing a major expansion and renovation that will give a new look to the City’s Fisher Road business district.

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Published August 3, 2016

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Downtown Development Authority is slated to host a community gathering/open house this month to learn what the public is looking for in updating the city’s downtown master plan.

The event is slated for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at Mike Greer Photography, on the second floor of 33316 Grand River Ave. 

During the event, participants will see a sneak peak of master plan design concepts and may discuss their opinions with a member of the DDA Steering Team, according to a press release.

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Published August 3, 2016

LATHRUP VILLAGE — A new TV show produced by city officials and Downtown Development Authority officials is showcasing the medley of cultures that make up Lathrup Village.

The half-hour program, called “Global Village,” showcases six Lathrup Village business owners, ranging from restaurants and nail salons to a shelter.

According to Ken Marten, Lathrup Village Main Street manager and executive producer of the program, the show highlights what makes Lathrup Village unique.

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Published August 3, 2016

After the Troy Planning Commission asked a developer to overhaul plans for a fast-food restaurant, a fitness spinning room and business offices earlier this month, the commission unanimously approved the new, improved site plan July 26.

The Planning Commission had concerns about design issues when the developer first presented plans for the two-story development on 43,000 square feet of vacant property on the west side of Crooks Road, north of Maplelawn, at a July 12 meeting.

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Published August 3, 2016

UTICA — In the less than 2-square-mile city of Utica, it is no secret that parking has been a long-standing issue. The introduction of a ballpark with a total capacity of 4,500 fans per game has fanned the fire.

On July 12, the Utica City Council unanimously approved Mayor Jacqueline Noonan’s proposal to create a parking committee to review all parking in the city, including on-street and undeveloped lots.

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Published August 1, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Beaumont Health officials said construction is on track to transform the hospital’s Rose Cancer Center.

“The new cancer treatment center canopy and vestibule exterior work is scheduled to complete in mid-October,” Beaumont Construction Project Executive Art Eckert said in an email.

Eckert said the team has completed the required rerouting of traffic from the south parking deck and has demolished the existing roadway, completed the rough grading and installed the caissons.

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Published August 1, 2016

BERKLEY — At its most recent meeting on July 26, the Planning Commission announced plans for a new amendment to its master plan to replace one that has angered residents.

The meeting for this new amendment, which would supersede the last amendment to the 2015 master plan passed in August 2015, is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 23, at the Berkley Community Center, 2400 Robina Ave.

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Published July 27, 2016

TROY — The city master plan will focus on the needs of an aging population that wants to stay in Troy, more density in strategic locations, more housing and transportation options, walkable locations and protection of existing neighborhoods. 

“It seems like a long time ago that we started this project,” said Troy Planning Director R. Brent Savidant at the June 28 Planning Commission meeting. 

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Published July 27, 2016

TROY — A Troy-based machine tool company is the first manufacturer in Michigan to finance energy upgrades through a 2010 state-authorized program that allows municipalities to fund energy-efficiency improvements through a special assessment on a property. 

This past February, the Troy City Council voted unanimously to join Lean & Green Michigan’s Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, program. 

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Published July 27, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Rooftop valet parking, higher structure fees, smart meter trials and paid handicapped parking are just some of the changes that have been implemented in downtown Birmingham since the beginning of the month.

Take a drive along North Old Woodward, near Maple, at any time of day and you’ll likely see for yourself that the city’s main entertainment district is booming. The parking changes are the city’s temporary response to high parking demand that often exceeds availability.

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Published July 20, 2016

The Troy Planning Commission sent a developer back to the drawing board after taking a first look at plans July 12 for a six-story, 152-unit apartment building on a 2.5-acre parcel on McClure, just north of Big Beaver Road, east of Crooks Road.

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Published July 20, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County officials recently reported that according to the latest jobs update from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a recent surge in employment numbers has the county holding its strongest workforce numbers in 15 years.

Officials said the county gained nearly 25,000 jobs from January 2015 to May 2016, including 10,000 in just the past three months, to bring the total number of jobs in the county to 408,217.

The county’s high point for workforce came in May 1999, with 437,251 jobs and 2.7 percent unemployment.

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Published July 19, 2016

FERNDALE — Demolition of the old Save-A-Lot building, 430 W. Nine Mile Road, has commenced and will continue until the end of the month, according to the city.

The Save-A-Lot will be replaced by Ferndalehaus Lofts, a four-story, 90-unit residential structure with studio apartments and two-bedroom units, as well as 1,345 square feet of office space.

Demolition began this past week, while some work underground was done the previous week, according to City Planner Justin Lyons.

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Published July 14, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Operations for Hazel Park 43rd District Court have been relocated to Longfellow Elementary the rest of the year while the courthouse undergoes major renovations to better accommodate its high volume of cases. The project will also improve the exterior of City Hall, which houses the court and Police Department, and won’t cost taxpayers anything.

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Published July 13, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council has been examining plans to add a mixed-use parking structure or two to its city landscape for quite some time, with hopes that construction could begin by the end of the year.

Ever since the the council abandoned plans to go forward with the 3-60 LLC parking structure last year, it assembled a parking committee to look at different lots in Ferndale to see where a city-led development could go and add 350 more parking spaces to the downtown

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Published July 13, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Last fall, the Birmingham City Commission was split on whether to rezone the 14,000-square-foot parcel at 404 Park St. from single-family home use to multifamily residences.

On June 27, though, the vote was decidedly less undecided as the commission voted 5-2 to deny the rezoning request of 404 Park from R2, a single-family residential designation, to TZ1, which would allow for attached single-family or multifamily dwellings.

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Published July 6, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Prince Drewry Park will receive parking lot improvements, but the timeline is currently unclear.

On June 23, one bid was received and processed by the Clinton Township Clerk’s Office, and the bid — of which the amount was not publicly revealed — was reviewed by Mary Bednar, director of public services, and the Clinton Township Planning Commission on June 24.

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Published July 5, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A microbrewery, a dog park, an art space, a Costco and an amusement park were all on the list of residents’ suggestions on what they would like to see at the former Northland Center site.

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Published July 5, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission agreed unanimously June 27 to impose a 180-day moratorium on lot splits in the Vinsetta Boulevard neighborhood while the Planning Commission looks into creating ordinances to protect the neighborhood’s integrity.

If future ordinances are adopted preventing certain lot splits or other changes in residential property, it would apply to future site plan approvals, not site plans already approved.

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Published June 29, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission unanimously approved a contract extension with Plante Moran CRESA to continue vetting the $100 million Royal Oak Civic Center development proposal.

The unanimous June 13 vote extends the engagement agreement at a cost not to exceed $50,000 for capital planning services.

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