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In Dragline’s Bucket

“Climate Change” advocacy is one of the plagues of modern times. We can’t dispute proven facts, such as the amount of carbon dioxide in our Earth’s atmosphere is continuing its slow climb, but advocates link that observation with computer models that have issued numerous false predictions. When attempting to prove their conclusions, too often they present them in a biased manner that rejects all dissent, demanding “new directions” for our civilization to take well before their need has been proven. We’re sharing two examples of this found just this week, involving “news” stories of reduced or no value. That’s because they strike us a sheer propaganda. From there we turn to the possibility of Detroit gaining a performance venue pattered after Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, which opened in 1599 in London, in the floodplain of the Thames River. (Well, William Shakespeare had a 12-1/2% interest in it; 50% was owned by fellow player Richard Burbage and his brother, Cuthbert.)  Apparently the Detroit version is going to make extensive use of 20 foot long, recycled shipping containers. From them they’re going to fashion the “Wooden O” mentioned in Shakespeare’s King Henry V. Yeah, we’ll see. Go To Dragline

CAM’s Legislative Breakfast Attracts Lively Audience


The Construction Association of Michigan’s Legislative Breakfast filled a room at Michigan State University’s Management Center in Troy, with members gaining inside views on what’s happening in the state capitol.  Full Story

DTE Outlines Proposals For Gas-Fired Electricity

Yesterday DTE Energy disclosed it plans to build a number of natural gas fired electrical generating plants to become operational between 2021 to 2023 and provide a total of 1,000 megawatts of electricity.  Full Story

Meetings Slated For New Building Planned In Holland

More opportunities for the public to learn about plans by Burton Katzman Development Company, Dearborn, to erect a midrise building in Holland have been announced. Full Story


Van Portfliet To Retire From His Long MDOT Career

Randy Van Portfliet, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) deputy chief engineer, bureau director of Field Services, and Superior Region engineer, recently announced his plans to retire at the end of this year. n his current role, Van Portfliet’s not only responsible for MDOT operations in the Superior Region (which includes the entire Upper Peninsula), but also has statewide oversight for Research Administration, Safety and Security, Construction, Central Maintenance, and Central Operations. He has served as Superior Region engineer since 1997 and bureau director of Field Services since May 2011.  Full Story

Elton Park Apartments To Rise In Detroit

This week the Michigan Strategic Fund announced a $6.9 million equity investment in the $44 million first phase development of an apartment and retail development in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. Full Story

Diamond Place Project Gets Ready In Grand Rapids


This week a $2.8 million loan and up to $9.9 million in brownfield abatement cost reimbursement was approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund for the Diamond Place development on the Medical Mile in Grand Rapids. Full Story

WSU OKs Renovations To Historic Thompson House

At its recent meeting the Wayne State University Board of Governors authorized the university president to award contracts to renovate the historic Thompson House for student housing. Full Story


Plans For The Collegiate East Filed In Ann Arbor

Following in the wake of its Collegian North mixed use project, this week South University-North llc, Bingham Township, submitted plans to the Ann Arbor Design Review Board for is Collegian East mixed use development. To rise from a site located at 1209, 2011, and 1213 South University, the Collegian East is to be a 13 story, 85,000 square foot tower with first floor commercial space topped by residential floors primarily serving University of Michigan students. It will provide 44 residential units of from one to four bedrooms in size. Full Story

South Lyon Hotel To Be Completely Rebuilt

Having assessed the major damaged suffered by the historic South Lyon Hotel, caused by fire in June, its owners have decided to replace the entire building, at its original site. Full Story

Detroit Issues RFPs For Midtown Redevelopment

The city of Detroit has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for two housing developments, both in its midtown neighborhood, that are to be due on November 14th. Full Story

Fundraising Underway For Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park 

According to latest estimates, construction may get underway in 2018 on $2.8 million in improvements to Bronson Park in Kalamazoo. Full Story

Norton Shores To Get Cancer Treatment Center


A special use permit has been approved by the Norton Shores city council to allow the construction of a two story, 40,000 square foot cancer treatment center at 1575 Hackley Health Boulevard, off Harvey Street. Full Story

Love’s Travel Stop Planned In St. Clair Township

Having rezoned a site at 1336 Wadhams Road by its intersection with I-94, officials for St. Clair Township are awaiting the filing of site plans for a proposed Love’s Travel Stop and Country Store. Full Story

Canton OKs ‘Flagship’ Store For Art Van Furniture

Ground is expected to be broken next year on what officials at Art Van Furniture call its “flagship” store in Canton Township. Full Story

Detroit’s Midtown To Gain ‘Boutique’ Hotel

West Elm, a Brooklyn, New York, based subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma, this week announced plans for a hotel of “135 plus rooms” for a 1.5 acre midtown Detroit owned and used by Wayne State University as a parking lot. Full Story