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In Dragline’s Bucket

Some have accused us of being “a liberal.” Actually we’re eclectic as the day is long, but if we were “a liberal” we’d be one of the very few questioning today’s so-called “climate change science.” This has been one of our biggest criticisms of President Barack Obama because we don’t agree with his imposition of new regulations based on the shaky hypothesis that greenhouse gas emission reduction is vitally necessary.  His latest move addresses the impact new federal construction projects will have on climate change, despite our belief it can’t be accurately calculated. From that developing bundle of red tape we turn to another, regarding new wage data reporting requirements proposed by the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Associated General Contractors of America points out the data is already being filed by employers on other forms, so why isn’t the EEOC consulting them? Finally, while remaining in positive territory, the Architecture Buildings Index lost a little steam last month, possibly because of investor worries about the duke-out between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump. Go To Dragline


Lansing BWL New Substation Hits A Delay

This week the Lansing City Council heard from opponents to a plan by the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) to construct a $27.9 million electrical substation in Lansing’s REO Town neighborhood. Full Story


Site Switch Announced For Niles Senior Housing

Conceptual drawings for a senior housing development proposed for Niles haven’t changed but the developer involved — General Capital Group, Fox Point, Wisconsin — has decided to use a different site. Full Story


CAM Fall Construction Classes Scheduled

From September 8th through November 30th the Construction Association of Michigan is offering numerous classes at its CAMTEC facility, covering electrical hazards, the design-build method, blueprint reading, estimating, first aid, and more. Full Story


Detroit’s Vanity Ballroom May See Revival

In Detroit this week tentative plans have been disclosed to renovate the long vacated Vanity Ballroom, at 1024 Newport Street at the corner of Jefferson Avenue, in the Jefferson-Chalmers area, to return it to hosting musical performances and dances. Full Story


Traverse City Studies Boardman Lake Trail Plan

A preliminary design for the final 1.5 mile segment of a paved trail looping around Boardman Lake was presented this week to the Traverse City Commission, along with its estimated cost — $5.3 million. Full Story


Royal Oak Mixed Use Project Still Expected This Year

Though it’s hoped foundation construction can start before next winter, last week Royal Oak’s Downtown Development Authority approved a one year extension on a reimbursement agreement assisting the development of a $48 million mixed use project at 400 North Main Street. Full Story


Gun Range Plan Shifts To Another Township

Though the Milford Township Board of Trustees approved the site plan for a 37,500 square foot enclosed firearms training and education facility, its owner has decided to change to a property in Lyon Township, by New Hudson. Full Story


Redevelopment Plan Mapped For Northland Center

In a public meeting this week a conceptual master plan for an extensive redevelopment of the former Northland Center shopping mall in Southfield was outlined, envisioning a collection of retail, commercial, and medical buildings, along with residential and hotel space. Full Story


Woodspring Plans Three Detroit Area Hotels

This week Woodspring Hotels, a company that provides extended stay places, announced plans to construct what it called “prototype” extended stay hotels in three southeast Michigan locations. Full Story


DEQ Releases Hazardous Substance Information

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Remediation & Redevelopment Division has announced the publication of its updated Target Detection Limits and Designated Analytical Methods list and Application of Target Detection Limits and Designated Analytical Methods Resource Materials.  Full Story


Summit Place Mall Owner Given Hard Deadline

This week the Waterford Township Board of Trustees in Oakland County gave the owner of the vacant and deteriorating Summit Place Mall until September 22nd to come up with what it intends to do with it. Full Story


Two Grand Rapids Projects Gain Cleanup Support

This week the Michigan Strategic Fund Board approved property tax captures to enable environmental site cleanups at two Grand Rapids projects. Full Story


Adrian Automotive Supplier Gains MSF Grant

The Michigan Strategic Fund this week awarded a $1.27 million performance based grant to Inteva Products llc, which is planning to invest $23.3 million in upgrading its manufacturing plant in Adrian. Full Story


Troy Planners Offer Ideas For Apartment Project

Following two meetings in which conceptual plans for a five story, 140 unit apartment building were studied, the Troy Planning Commission have sent them back with numerous revisions for the developer to consider. Full Story


Tax Cut OK’d For Downtown Jackson Development

This week the Jackson City Council unanimously approved a nine year property tax abatement in support of a four story, mixed use building planned for 209 West Louis Glick Highway in the downtown area. Full Story


Plymouth Super Kmart Eyed For Redevelopment

According to Plymouth Township officials, Grand Sakwa Properties, Farmington Hills, has disclosed plans to repurpose a Super Kmart build on Ann Arbor Road what it will call the “Plymouth Marketplace.” Full Story


Alpena Considers Wildlife Interpretive Center 

Planning is said to be well underway by the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary for the construction of its River Center, a building carrying a preliminary estimate of between $1.5 to $2 million. Full Story


Eaton Rapids School May Become College Housing

An Eaton Rapids resident, who purchased that city’s Northwestern Elementary School this month, has said he’s considering converting the building into housing for college students. Full Story