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The example we bring up in today’s Dragline regards transportation. Yet we’ve become concerned about the Obama Administration issuing major, last minute rules and regulations on all subjects, especially when the time for public comment has been shortchanged. By the end of this week the White House will be re-occupied. And yet, because of what’s apparently an unjustified overreach, yesterday’s ghosts will remain to haunt and frighten. No matter what one thinks of President Obama and President-elect Trump, this is not a good thing. It induces impediments to change, extending old powers that are supposed to give way to new. A truly wise leader knows when it’s time to pack a suitcase and leave. Speaking of a departure from the town where the appropriately named neighborhood of Foggy Bottom exists, back in Lansing a bill to establish a state infrastructure council has been introduced. It’s to be a nine body group that will compile our state’s infrastructure conditions and needs, then figure out a strategy and funding mechanism to meet them. Good luck on all that. It’s well intended but only time will prove if Michigan’s 21st Century Infrastructure Council represents progress.  Go To Dragline

May School Bond Proposals Nearing $212 Million

The Michigan Department  of Treasury has added two more school bond issues totaling $33.54 million for the May 2nd ballot, increasing the total from $178.34 million to $211.88 million. Full Story

Peter Petkoff, Structural Engineer, Passes Away

Peter P. Petkoff, a structural engineer and senior vice president of Smith, Hinchman & Grylls Group, Detroit (now SmithGroupJJR,) died January 9th. He was 98 years old. Full Story

The Jefferson Reviewed Tomorrow Afternoon


At tomorrow’s 3 pm meeting of Ann Arbor’s Design Review Board, developer Alex DeParry of Ann Arbor Builders is to discuss plans for a 34,897 square foot residential building to be called the Jefferson. Full Story

Muskegon Seeks Developer Of Downtown Lot

A request for development proposals has been issued by the city of Muskegon for a city owned lot at the corner of Jefferson Street and West Western Avenue that, at one point, was being considered for 24 apartments. Full Story

Iron Mountain Housing Project Needs Approvals

A proposal from a Wisconsin developer to repurpose the vacant Central School into an affordable housing apartment complex is facing delays in Iron River, postponing the sale of the property. Full Story

New Veterans’ Homes Seen In Michigan’s Future

In signing a package of bills approved by the Michigan legislature last week, Governor Rick Snyder approved a plan to build two, 120 bed veterans homes. Full Story

GSA Considers Renovations To Port Huron Courthouse


The General Services Administration has issued a “solicitation sought” request for a construction manager as constructor for a historical restoration project in Port Huron. Specifically it’s conducting market research to enable the restoration of the cupola on Port Huron’s Federal Building And U.S. Courthouse.  Full Story

Orion Seeks OK For Apartments In Historic District

At the January 26th meeting of the Grand Rapids Planning Commission Orion Construction, Grand Rapids, is to present site plans and request a rezoning to enable the construction of an 86 unit apartment building in the city’s Heritage Hill neighborhood. Full Story

Dowagiac To Gain Tractor Supply Store

With the approval of a variance from the Dowagic Zoning Board of Appeals last week, plans for a new Tractor Supply Company store in Dowagiac are proceeding. Full Story

Major Apartment Complex Eyed For Lansing Township

Speaking last Wednesday  at the monthly meeting of Lansing Township’s Downtown Development Board, Nick Uppal of DTN Management Company said he is in negotiations for a plan to build 500 apartments at the Heights At Eastwood. Full Story

Chick-fil-A Gains OK From Grand Rapids Planners

At its January 12th meeting the Grand Rapids Planning Commission approved site plans for a Chick-fil-A restaurant with a drive-through on an outlot at the CenterPoint Mall. Full Story

Two Restaurant Buildings Proposed In Delta Township

Jeff Hurand, vice president of Harriet RH and the Hurand-Rosenbaum Partnership of Flint, disclosed plans last week to construct two new buildings for restaurants in Delta Township. Full Story

Gillespie Plans Provident Place Mixed Use 

At a press conference Friday, Lansing developer Scott Gillespie, owner of the Gillespie Company llc, said he is planning to build a $7 million mixed use, retail and residential building in the city on a lot at 2216 and 224 East Michigan Avenue. Full Story

WBK Engineering Relocates In Battle Creek

WBK Engineering, a civil engineering firm headquartered in St. Charles, Illinois, has relocated its Michigan office in Emmet Township to Battle Creek’s Elizabeth Building. Full Story

Selfridge ANG Seeking Multi-Functional Contractor

Listing a tentative advertising date for sometime next spring, the Army National Guard has issued a “sources sought” document for a contractor to perform maintenance, repair, construction, and design/build work at the Selfridge Air National Guard base.  Full Story