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In Dragline’s Bucket

If this return to our last edition’s commentary on the struggle by Republicans to repeal Obamacare — or problems with the Trump Administration’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget — is annoying, please accept our apology. We admit writing about them today is making us feel like we felt during the past weekend as a result of catching a form of the flu from the chairwoman. We don’t wish any of that sickness on any person or beast, being cruel punishment. As for the current quagmire in Washington, D.C., it’s going to have to be figured out someway and somehow. The Republican Party is said to be rewriting its American Health Care Act legislation but few, if any, details are leaking out. It’s still receiving heavy criticism from loyal party members, including Michigan’s governor. As for the proposed budget, included in the proposed 13% cut to U.S. transportation an effective program — TIGER grants — has been placed on the chopping block. The Trump Administration is saying the transportation cuts will be superseded by the ten year infrastructure plan promised during the fall election campaign, but to this point planning for that appears nebulous. Is there any reason not to chew our nails down to their nub?  Go To Dragline


Collective On Fifth Presented To AA Council 

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Last Thursday the latest plans for the development proposed for the roof of Ann Arbors underground garage for its library — the so called “Library Lot” — were showcased at a special city council work session.  Full Story


Meijer Gardens To Disclose Expansion Plans Thursday 

An announcement of a substantial development has been made by the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids Township. Details are to be delivered at a press conference on Thursday. Full Story


Michigan Regents OK Michigan Union Schematics

Renovation of the iconic, 97 year old Michigan Union is slated to get underway in the spring  of 2018, following approval of its schematic design last Thursday by the University of Michigan Board of Regents. Full Story


Birmingham Seeks Developers For Old Woodward Site

Last week the Birmingham City Commission said it will shortly be issuing a request for qualifications from developers interested of develop a four acre site in the city’s central business district into a mixed use project. Full Story


Six Are Bolstering The Team At Byce & Associates 

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The engineering and architectural firm of Byce & Associates Inc., Kalamazoo, has hired six additions to its staff — Brenda Waterman, Issac Frank, Jessica Hohm, Kyle Kerstiens, Matthew Wyman, and Noah Boyd. Full Story


U-M To Proceed With New Power Turbine Plan

A new combustion turbine at the University of Michigan's Central Power Plant is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly, lowering emission levels halfway toward the university's 2025 sustainability goal. Full Story


Seminary Plans Student Housing In Grand Rapids 

A site plan for a student housing development at the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is on the March 23rd agenda of the Grand Rapids Planning Commission for a 4.5 acre site at 1308 Leffingwell Avenue NE. Full Story


U-M To Rebuild, Expand LSA Building Into A ‘Hub’

A new space in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts building will serve future University of Michigan undergraduates as the "hub" for connecting their passions to their education come summer 2019.  Full Story


AA Planners To Review S. Main Street Proposal

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One of three projects to be considered at tonight’s meeting of the Ann Arbor Planning Commission is the site plan for a building to be erected at 315-317 South Main Street.  Full Story


Highland Copper Exploring Porcupine Mountains Area

Last week Highland Copper crews began exploratory copper drilling on Gogebic County land within the right-of-way of County Road 519, at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Full Story


U-M Considering CM For Kraus Building Renovations

The University of Michigan is evaluating the potential of using construction management services for renovations and the construction of an addition to the Edward Henry Kraus Building. The project has an estimated cost of $120 million and the university has issued a request for qualification statements from interested firms. Full Story


Bay City Planners OK Wenonah Park Improvements

Last week the Bay City Planning Commission approved the site plan for the Wenonah Park pavilion project, part of a redevelopment of the park to be financed by $2.7 million in funding. Full Story


Holiday Express & Suites Planned For Ann Arbor 

The third project to be considered at tonight’s meeting of the Ann Arbor Planning Commission is the site plan for a Holiday Inn Express & Suites hotel on the east side of South Street, north of Research Park Drive. Full Story


U-M Hospital Bidding MRI Replacement Job

At the University of Michigan bids are being received until April 7th at 2 pm for the replacement of a magnetic  resonance imaging (MRI) system at the University of Michigan Hospital, a project estimated at $4.9 million. Full Story


Gov. Snyder Reshuffles Public Service Commission 

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has announced the appointments of new terms on the Michigan Public Service Commission for Norm Saari and Sally Talberg, and the reappointment of Rachael Eubanks. Full Story


Hillside Memory Center Returns To AA Planners 

On the agenda of tonight’s meeting of the Ann Arbor Planning Commission is to be the site plan for the Hillside Memory Care Center. It was originally approved by the planning commission last December but returned by Ann Arbor’s City Council for further consideration. Full Story