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In Dragline’s Bucket

Over the last 12 months or so we’ve noticed our world becoming extremely odd. The chairwoman, always on the alert for signs of dementia in her spouse, has wondered if this observation is symptomatic. We insist it isn’t and, not that her skepticism will accept our argument, in our defense we’re willing to cite firm evidence. For today we’re focusing on two bills circulating within our state legislature. Both were authored by State Senator Rick Jones (R-Battle Creek.) They raise a great many questions, none of them much good. Perhaps initially his intentions were pure. But when they were placed on paper they came up missing something of major importance. Which is another way of saying their language is self-defeating. If adopted in their present form they’d significantly impact Michigan’s construction industry. Not in a good way. At the very least the measures should be withdrawn or redrafted. But a far better solution would be spiking them both and walking far, far away. Go To Dragline


Hudson's Redevelopment Explained In Detroit

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Though still subject to change, something close to the final vision for the redevelopment of the former J.L. Hudson department store site was revealed on Wednesday at a meeting of Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority.  Full Story


Engineering Services Being Sought By GLWA

The Great Lakes Water Authority has issued a request for proposals from qualified consulting engineering firms to complete a route survey and preliminary design for a proposed transmission main from the Water Works Park Treatment Plant to the Northeast Water Treatment Plant. Full Story


Land Trade In Works For Kzoo County Courthouse

During the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners meeting last Tuesday, Tracie Moored, the county administration, discussed a tentative agreement with a developer, PlazaCorp Realty Advisors Inc., Kalamazoo, to provide a new location for a modern county complex building. Full Story


Spring Hill Suites Planned For Trowbridge Road

On Wednesday the East Lansing Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on a proposal to construct a four story hotel, accompanied by a single story retail building, at 1100 Trowbridge Road. Full Story


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MSHDA Names Poleski Its New Leader

On Wednesday the Michigan State Housing Development Authority Board unanimously approved Earl Poleski, a former state legislator with decades of experience as a certified public accountant, to serve as the organization’s new executive director. During his tenure in the Michigan legislature from 2011 to 2016, Poleski served in numerous roles, including chair of the Financial Liabilities Reform Policy Committee and the General Government Appropriations Subcommittee.  Full Story


New Details Emerge On TC’s Pine Street Development

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More information has become available on the redesign of the Pine Street Development project in Traverse City, updating previous accounts and identifying its current construction team. Full Story


Land Trade In Works For Kzoo County Courthouse

During the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners meeting last Tuesday, Tracie Moored, the county administration, discussed a tentative agreement with a developer, PlazaCorp Realty Advisors Inc., Kalamazoo, to provide a new location for a modern county complex building. Full Story


Women In Construction Week Is Coming!

Women In Construction Week (WIC Week) runs March 5th through 11th and the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has planned a series of events leading up to its March 10th Construction Industry Night Platinum Awards gala. Full Story


GLWA Seeks Design/Build Help For Water Tunnels

A request for proposals for design-build/repair services has been issued by the Great Lakes Water Authority for portions of its Pennsylvania, Springwells, and Northeast Raw Water Tunnels. Full Story


East Lansing Project Gains Replacement Developer

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While Convexsity Properties Inc.  of Chicago, Illinois, has dropped its plans for the 100 block of East Grand River Avenue, this week another developer from the Windy City stepped in. Full Story


Construction Director Hired For Back 40 Mine

Aquila Resources Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which is developing the Back Forty Mine project in Menominee County’s Lake Township, has hired a director of construction to oversee the mine’s development.  Full Story


Sterling Heights Settles, Enabling New Mosque

Late on Tuesday evening this week the Sterling Heights City Council agreed to court settlements of federal lawsuits, thereby resetting the stage for the construction of a mosque in a residential neighborhood. Full Story


AA Council Reviews Library Lot Plans In March

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Following a review last Wednesday by Ann Arbor’s Downtown Development Agency, at its March 16th work session the city council is expected to discuss the Library Lot project plans being developed by Core Spaces, Chicago, Illinois.  Full Story


Team Gathering For New Delta County Jail

Picked from a total of four responses to a request for proposals, an architect tp provide architectural and engineering services for the proposed new Delta County Jail has been named. Full Story


New Hotel May Be In Downtown Kalamazoo’s Future

In 2015 the former Masonic Temple in Kalamazoo was sold by Kalamazoo County to RSM llc, a developer from Beverly Hills. Now the company wants to purchase county land next to it, to develop a site for a hotel it’s considering to build. Full Story