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Massive $133M Birmingham project adds parking, housing, retail, extends Bates Street

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An ambitious multi-million dollar plan for Birmingham that would add hundreds of parking spaces, as well as new housing and businesses, is taking shape.

Walbridge/Woodward Bates Partners recently presented its proposed project, which Commissioner Rackeline Hoff called "one of the largest projects done in Birmingham," and Mayor Patty Bordman agreed it would "impact a lot of people in different ways."

In the proposal, the North Old Woodward parking structure would be demolished, a new one constructed in its place, and retail buildings added on the site, as well as mixed-use buildings on surrounding properties. Bates Street would be extended, and a plaza would connect the street to Booth Park.
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Brookside is turning out nicely. It is right behind the development in the previous post.





From Booth Park:



I didn't know any of these were under construction.

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(Old Woodward & Oak) The Pearl:



https://www.dbusiness.com/daily-news...wn-birmingham/

(Old Woodward & Brown) Aparium hotel:



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Royal Oak Rising

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With all phases of the new city center in progress Royal Oak is just bumpin with construction activity right now, with workers present at most sites even on a Saturday.

I'll start with the Griffin at 696 & Woodward. This is a big development. The building will Continue wrapping around the parking deck along the service drive and Main Street







Theres a rendering I don't remember seeing in this article:

https://www.apartments.com/the-griff...ak-mi/xfbt7en/

Billings Place:



https://www.theoaklandpress.com/news...eac655da1.html

Royal Oak City Center:

The parking structure is starting to wrap up while the steel structure is up at the new Henry Ford office building





New City Hall:



New police station:



The illustration here shows where everything goes. The park will be where the old police station is now.

https://www.romi.gov/881/Coming-Soon

Worcester apartments and Hyatt Place:





Nice density. Bonus shot of Troy and Clawson in the background



This new office building is beautiful. 150 W. 2nd:





And a couple bonus shots. The views from the new parking deck on west 2nd are awesome.

Southfield to the west:



Downtown Detroit to the southeast:

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Thanks for all of those updates - looking good!
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Definitely great to see the update there's a lot in the metro area that flys below the radar with the excitement over the city.

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Nissan plans $41 million crash test facility, 25 new jobs in Farmington Hills

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The Japanese automaker is in the "final stages of internal review" for the potential project at its Technical Center North America, spokesman Chris Keeffe said. Following corporate approval, construction could begin as early as this summer and take 18 months to complete.

"Right now, we're moving right along," Keeffe said. "It's something we think would be great because it would add to the (tech center's) assets as a hub for cutting edge R&D."

The center, at 39001 Sunrise Drive near 12 Mile and Haggerty roads, employs 1,200 and serves as the company's main campus for research and development. In 2002, the building underwent a $38.8 million, 90,000-square-foot expansion that resulted in 260 new jobs.

The city of Farmington Hills is supporting the proposed expansion with an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate that would result in a $1.9 million tax break over six years, Hometown Life reported.
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Mixed-use development, $3.2 million streetscape planned for Hazel Park

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As Hazel Park plots to build a downtown, a proposed mixed-use development and $3.2 million streetscape plan could help move the vision forward.

A mixed-use apartment building with 33 units and 14,000 square feet of retail is planned for the site of a long vacant CVS store on John R. Road — the city's main drag. In the coming weeks, crews will begin overhauling John R., slimming it from four lanes to three, widening sidewalks and adding parking and bike lanes from Eight Mile Road to the Chrysler Service Drive. Nine Mile Road from Dequindre Road to the Ferndale border at West End Street is also targeted for a road diet and repairs. The idea is to create pedestrian-friendly infrastructure as a foundation for new development.

"That is what we're hoping to be the re-emergence of a downtown in Hazel Park," Jeff Campbell, community development director for the city, told Crain's.

Tucked along Detroit's northern border, the Oakland County city has been overshadowed for many years by its vibrant neighbor to the northwest, Royal Oak, and more recently, Ferndale, with which it shares city limits to the west. Planners in the 3-square-mile city are adamant that Hazel Park is an up-and-coming place to be, and a budding restaurant scene and redeveloped race track are playing in its favor.

Construction of the new apartment building at 23722 John R. Road is expected to start soon. The four-story complex is being spearheaded by Lucky Ranger LLC, whose registered agent is Michael Lang, owner of Renshaw Lounge in Clawson.
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I was in Dearborn last week and came across this mystery development on the corner of Mason and West Village Drive in downtown West Dearborn. Anyone know what it is?

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I was in Dearborn last week and came across this mystery development on the corner of Mason and West Village Drive in downtown West Dearborn. Anyone know what it is?

Ford I believe. The company a couple years ago,prior to MCS purchase, had launched a development strategy to create a more urban feel in and around the Dearborn campus as a way to retain younger talent.
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Ferndale approves developer deal for mixed-use parking garage project

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A public-private partnership is moving forward to finance and construct downtown Ferndale's first mixed-use parking garage development.

City Council unanimously approved Monday night a development agreement between the city and Royal Oak-based developer Versa Wanda LLC, according to City Manager Joseph Gacioch.

Construction started in February on the long-planned, city-financed portion of the approximately $40 million DOT (Development on Troy) at 221 W. Troy St., behind Rosie O'Grady's. The city is spending $21 million, financed through bonds, to build a 400-space parking deck, a ground-floor 15,000-square-foot retail shell and shared-street infrastructure along Troy.

Versa Wanda agreed to build 20,000 square feet of elevated Class A office space — Ferndale's first — on top of the deck, build out the retail space and also build at least 12 apartment units in an adjacent building. It committed in the development agreement to invest at least $9.4 million in the office and retail portion; a pricetag was not spelled out for residential.


Macomb County mulls $375 million jail as vote to delay millage proposal approaches

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Macomb County is still considering the best time to ask taxpayers for $375 million to fund a jail in Mount Clemens that would replace one at the end of its life cycle.

County commissioners are expected to vote July 18 on a resolution to delay approval of the millage proposal and abandon the idea of putting it on the November ballot. The proposal is for a 0.98-mill tax for 21 years to pay for a new 1,518-bed jail and sheriff's office.

Officials seem to be in general agreement that putting the proposal on the ballot this year might not be the best option for residents. It would cost the county $400,000 to arrange for a special election in 12 municipalities not already scheduled to hold elections this year, said Bob Smith, chairman of the commission. The lack of big issues this year could also lead to poor voter turnout.

"Some commissioners thought there's just not enough voters in this upcoming November election," Smith said. "Maybe it might be better to look at a different date."

If commissioners delay approval and decide against putting the millage on the ballot in November, the other options include March, August or November of next year.


Henry Ford Health plans new medical center at former Kmart in Plymouth Township

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A longtime eyesore along Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth Township could soon see new life as a medical center.

The Henry Ford Health System announced via a press release Tuesday it would redevelop the site formerly occupied by Kmart at 40855 Ann Arbor Road near Haggerty into a 120,000-square-foot outpatient medical center.

The Detroit-based health care provider is expected to close on the property later this summer, and construction is expected to begin after. The building should be completed by 2021, the health care provider announced.

"In keeping with our ongoing strategy, this development will bring a comprehensive level of services to our growing base of patients in western Wayne County," Bob Riney, Henry Ford's president of Healthcare Operations and chief operating officer, said in the release. "We’re grateful for the support of township Supervisor Kurt Heise and his team and the opportunity to be part of revitalizing this viable piece of property in Plymouth Township."
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