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First, a goodbye, followed by our last stories


Whirlpool Reveals Plan For Tech Center Addition

This week Whirlpool Corporation and the Cornerstone Alliance of St. Joseph applied for a ten year tax abatement to assist in the company’s pending investment of $35 million in its technology center.  Full Story

Northville Schools Considering $105 Million Bond Plan

After three months of study a citizens committee for Northville Public Schools is recommending the school district place a $105 million school facilities bond proposal before voters during the November elections. Full Story

Schweitzer Preparing ‘New’ Digs In Battle Creek

Schweitzer Inc., a 55 year old commercial construction company, has started renovations on a 95 year old historic building in downtown Battle Creek that’s to become its new headquarters. Full Story

Marquette Hospital Project Is Picketted

An informational picket line was set up in protest of a labor dispute this week related to the construction of the Duke Lifepoint Hospital in Marquette. Full Story

Aircraft Manager Hopes To Expand At Oakland Airport

A corporate aircraft ownership and management corporation has revealed plans to expand its footprint at the Oakland County International Airport near Pontiac. Full Story

Garfield Planners Consider Apartment Proposals

During this week’s meeting of the Garfield Township Planning Commission two apartment complex projects were discussed. Full Story

‘The Beacon’ Project Inches Ahead In Grand Haven

This week the Grand Haven Township Planning Commission took a few initial steps toward approving “The Beacon” development, a project that will require the demolition of the iconic Bil Mar restaurant building. Full Story

Chinese Battery Maker Coming To Ann Arbor Area

This week the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced the award of a $300,000 performance based grant in support of a plan by Camel Energy Inc. to invest $4.6 million for a new facility in Pittsfield Township. Full Story

Quality Precast Building New Headquarters

Quality Precast Inc., a manufacturer of precast concrete construction components, has disclosed plans to build a 25,000 square foot production and headquarters facility in Alamo Township, in Kalamazoo County. Full Story

Former Detroit TV Studio May Gain New Purpose

This week interest was shown by a Canadian developer from Calgary in repurposing the former WJBK-TU studios in midtown Detroit into an apartment building. Full Story

Deer Run To Be Transformed Into Fairgrounds

This week the Kent County Youth Fair announced its purchase of the 140 acre Deer Run Golf Club in Lowell Township, along with the intention of converting it into a fair ground, meeting center, and campground. Full Story

MDOT To Augment I-94 Reconstruction Statement

A Notice of Intent is to be published in the Federal Register announcing the Michigan Department of Transportation’s intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) regarding the modernization of I-94 in Detroit.  Full Story

Brownfield OK’d For Tecumseh’s Revival Commons

A $1 million grant as well as a $1 million loan has been awarded by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to the city of Tecumseh for brownfield remediation at the site of the former Tecumseh Products Company. Full Story

Ada Considers Potential Library, Farmers Market

This week the Ada Township board of trustees formally approved the start of a fund raising campaign for a township community center and library building, improvements (such as a splash pad) to Riverfront Park, and development of a farmers market.  Full Story

U-M To Renovate G.G. Brown Memorial Laboratories

On June 22nd by 2 pm the University of Michigan will be accepting bids for renovations to laboratory spaces at its George Granger Brown Memorial Laboratories Building. Full Story

Hobby Lobby Store Planned For Traverse City

A plan to construct a 55,000 square foot Hobby Lobby building at the Buffalo Ridge Center, a retail complex, is being studied by the Garfield Township Planning Commission near Traverse City. Full Story