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The legislature passed the Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act in 2008, which required utilities to generate 10% of their energy from renewables by 2015. That act was amended in December of last year to increase that to 15% by 2021. DTE and Consumers, the state's two largest utilities, had additional requirements. I know a lot of the other utilities are going in heavy on wind. Actually, most of DTE's renewable is actually wind. Wind farm construction in Mid/Central Michigan and the Thumb has been rising for years, now. If you're ever driving up US-127 north of Lansing, the Gratiot Wind Park is an amazing site up near Alma/St. Louis.
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It's not quite a massive a move as Amazon, but still a big deal.

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By KIRK PINHO. October 10, 2017. Crain's Detroit.


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Google, which has about 17,000 square feet in the building at 114 Willits St. at North Old Woodward Avenue, is looking for about 35,000 square feet, according to a statement. There are about 100 Google sales staff in the 126,000-square-foot building where it has been since 2007; the company first established a presence in Southeast Michigan in 2006, when it opened an office in Southfield. The office focuses on automotive advertising.

The company plans to expand the office's 100-employee workforce, Google spokesman Patrick Lenihan said, but he wouldn't say by how much. An exact site and move date have not been set.

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If you're ever driving up US-127 north of Lansing, the Gratiot Wind Park is an amazing site up near Alma/St. Louis.

My folks live around that area. It's a sight to behold.
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Google moving downtown is a huge win for Detroit. It'd be great if the Ann Arbor office joined the Birmingham one, but I don't think that's likely. It's almost mind boggling to think of all the companies that have relocated to downtown Detroit over the last decade or so. It'll be exciting to see what office tenants the new Monroe block development can attract.
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This source says they're doubling their office space.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/10/the-...n-detroit.html

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The company said Tuesday that it will soon move to Detroit's tech-aspiring downtown area and double its space from the 17,000 square feet it occupies in Birmingham.
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Not really new news, but a reiteration that the Joe site will be highrises.

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Daniel Mears | Detroit News

Vision for Joe Louis site includes high-rises, retail

By Nicquel Terry | The Detroit News

October 12, 2017

Detroit — High-rise apartments with views of Windsor’s skyline. Restaurants overlooking the Detroit River. A promenade that connects new development with the western riverfront.

It’s all part of a vision mapped out by city stakeholders for the nearly vacant Joe Louis Arena that is expected to be demolished soon.

The arena closed this year when the Detroit Red Wings moved to their new home at Little Caesars Arena.

By most accounts, the 5-acre property is prime real estate for new development that connects the area to downtown and the riverfront.
The only other news was that demolition was to start on the Joe last month, but Olympia Entertainment has its headquarters here and extended the lease and expect to move out nex month. Financial Guaranty Insurance Co., a major creditor of the city, will get the site once demolition is completed, which was something agreed to during the bankruptcy.

Anyway, one thing we do know from the agreement is that while these will be highrises, developers can not build over 30 stories at the site, which I imagine is to protect some river views since the site is right on the river.
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I'm cool with a 30 story cap. I'm sure there will only be as many as 2 on a 5 acre site.
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^Now that the problem of the riverwalk gap at the riverfront towers is going to be fixed with the pier style promenade bypassing the towers i hope to see something that isn't just geared to make money for the former bondholders. With how successful the riverwalk has been it would be a shame to have a gated condo highrise(s). It makes me a little nervous hearing "deadzone" so many times in the article, not easy to access yea but deadzone not quite.

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Historic Detroit Club eyes January reopening after renovation

By KURT NAGL
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October 11, 2017



The Detroit Club in downtown Detroit is poised for a comeback three years after a flood destroyed its interior.

The historic 40,000-square-foot building at 712 Cass Ave. at Fort Street is about 95 percent of the way through a multimillion-dollar overhaul by its owners, husband and wife Emre and Lynn Uralli.

The four-story club will be semi-private, with each floor and a basement fully renovated, said Regina Peter, director of sales and marketing for the Detroit Club. The club hopes to open in time for the North American International Auto Show at nearby Cobo Center in January.

"We really wanted to bring elements to the city that are missing," she said. "It was very important to the owner to allow Detroiters to experience the building."

The exact investment in the project was not disclosed. Uralli's Citi Investment Group Corp. is the general contractor and Lynn Uralli took the lead on the building's design.

The first floor of the building will have a 64-seat restaurant open to the public and a separate member's lounge. The second floor will have a ballroom accommodating 120 guests, while the third floor will house a 150-person dining room.
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I'm cool with a 30 story cap. I'm sure there will only be as many as 2 on a 5 acre site.
I'm fine with it two. In fact, the riverfront should have always had a height limit. Aesthetically, you kind of want a city that "steps up" from the river like this rather than creating a visual wall. I've always said they need to save the taller stuff for north of Jefferson, at least along East Jefferson.
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Not really new news, but a reiteration that the Joe site will be highrises.



The only other news was that demolition was to start on the Joe last month, but Olympia Entertainment has its headquarters here and extended the lease and expect to move out nex month. Financial Guaranty Insurance Co., a major creditor of the city, will get the site once demolition is completed, which was something agreed to during the bankruptcy.

Anyway, one thing we do know from the agreement is that while these will be highrises, developers can not build over 30 stories at the site, which I imagine is to protect some river views since the site is right on the river.
Ideally, I would like to see a world class aquarium at this site. Something like the Shedd, but uniquely Detroit.
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I'm fine with it two. In fact, the riverfront should have always had a height limit. Aesthetically, you kind of want a city that "steps up" from the river like this rather than creating a visual wall. I've always said they need to save the taller stuff for north of Jefferson, at least along East Jefferson.
Aesthetically i agree with the 30 floor cap matching the riverfront towers in height is right for that spot. Plus the connection with the core isn't great like the Ren Cen during its early days it took long enough to get rid of those big cooling berms that made it look like a fortress not to mention it's relative isolation from the rest of the downtown core. Thankfully though Gm finally opened it up with the new Jefferson entrance and the riverwalk promenade, can't count on a remodel ever time a developer makes a mistake tho.
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Google eye's LCA office space. .

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Google close to deal for new building near Little Caesars Arena

By KIRK PINHO
Crain's Detroit Business
October 13, 2017



Internet giant Google is nearing a deal for at least 35,000 square feet of new office space next to Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit.

According to CoStar Group Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based real estate information service, Google is moving from Birmingham to 2645 Woodward Ave., which is the arena's address.

However, there is a recently completed building on Henry Street where the company is expected to go, a source familiar with the deal confirmed to Crain's on Friday.

That building is four floors with 16,760 square feet of ground-level restaurant and retail space and 46,970 square feet of office space above, according to CoStar.

If the deal comes to fruition, it would be one of the biggest wins so far for the Ilitch family in its quest to build out the 50-block District Detroit project that's anchored by the new arena for the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons.

While some new retail tenants, such as restaurants in and around the new arena, have been announced, Google would be the first large user not affiliated with the Ilitches to take space in the district.

Wayne State University is building the new Mike Ilitch School of Business next to the arena following a $40 million donation from the Ilitch family patriarch in October 2015. Ilitch died in February. The Ilitch-owned Little Caesars Enterprises Inc. pizza chain is also building its new $150 million Global Resource Center south of the arena.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...-caesars-arena


Biggest sale of the year so far.

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The Bishop’s Mansion, Detroit’s largest residence, sells for $2.7M

BY ROBIN RUNYAN
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OCT 12, 2017



The biggest sale of the year just showed up on the radar. The Bishop’s Mansion in Palmer Woods, Detroit’s largest residence, was not listed on the MLS and just sold to a California investor for $2.7 million fully furnished, according to selling agent Tony Rodriguez of Re/Max Suburban in Sterling Heights.

The Bishop Gallagher House is 35,000 square feet and was built in 1924-25 for Bishop Michael J. Gallagher. The house was financed by the Fisher brothers and designed by Maginnis and Walsh. The archdiocese sold the house in 1989 and Detroit Piston John Salley lived in the home for a while. Most recently, Great Faith Ministries owned the home.

This is the largest residential sale of the year in Detroit. A Book Cadillac penthouse had the top spot at $1,795,000, followed by the Motown Mansion at $1,650,000, and the Fisher Mansion at $1,250,000.
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I heard the rumor a couple days ago, I guess it's true.

I thought Olympia was putting their offices in there though.
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Sister Pie aims to buy its building, expand business in Detroit's West Village

By TYLER CLIFFORD
Crain's Detroit Business
October 13, 2017



-Sister Pie in talks to buy its West Village building
-Owner is asking $420,000 for the property and two buildings
-Sister Pie opened in 2015 and would expand into new space


Sister Pie LLC is cooking up a deal to buy the West Village building that has been its home for two years and expand the bakery.

Lisa Ludwinski, founder and owner of the Detroit-based bakeshop, said she is in talks with property owner Bill Haska Jr. and his broker to purchase the parcel of land and the two buildings on it totaling 2,070 square feet on Parker Street at Kercheval Avenue on Detroit's east side.

Haska purchased the buildings, built in 1925, nearly 30 years ago. It was an appliance shop at the time, said his broker, Gordon Hawkins of Detroit-based Hawkins Realty Group LLC. Haska owns several properties across the city and is "slowly but surely selling off a lot of his stuff," Hawkins said.

Haska is asking for $420,000 for the two buildings on a land contract with $200,000 down over a five-year period. Everything else is negotiable, Hawkins said.

"We are giving Lisa time to put an offer in. We are waiting on her," he said. "There are two buildings on one parcel. Lisa is in the front and the other commercial space is divided into two small spaces. It can be used as one space or divided into two 450-square-foot spaces."
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However, there is a recently completed building on Henry Street where the company is expected to go
And what building is this on Henry that's not the arena? I'm confused. There is no other new construction office space in District Detroit aside from the arena block, itself. That is, unless they are talking about the attached buildings as not being part of the arena, which is ridiculous.

Ground breaking on a project announced months ago.

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Kirthmon Dozier | Detroit Free Press

Indian auto supplier's $7 million Detroit expansion expected to add 200 jobs

By Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press

October 13, 2017

ndian auto supplier Sakthi Automotive broke ground today 10/13 in Southwest Detroit on what is planned as a $7 million expansion that will add 200 jobs.

The company is building a 60,000-square-foot facility to be completed in the middle of next year south of its local headquarters at 6401 W. Fort St. A news release from the City of Detroit said Sakthi needs the new standalone facility for its expanding business supplying undercarriage steering and other components to U.S. and European automakers.


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The renovation of the Professional Plaza - now The Plaza - into upscale apartments is now complete.

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Upscale apartments offer Detroit skyline views after $22 million renovation

By Dana Afana | MLive.com

October 13, 2017

DETROIT -- The former Hammer and Nail high-rise in Midtown has undergone a $22-million renovation to transform into an upscale apartment complex known as The Plaza, which is now ready to be occupied, developers announced Friday.

The 12-story building at 3800 Woodward Ave. has 72 apartments and about 2,000 square feet of retail.

A quarter of the units are already occupied. A big thing for this project? No free, dedicated parking. BTW, they saved the old "hammer-and-nail" neon sign that used to be at the top of the building. It's now in the lobby:


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As usual, The Detroit News has a better description of where Google is likely to end up. It's the lot between Henry and the freeway, which I thought was supposed to be a hotel.

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David Gulranick | The Detroit News

Google weighs Little Caesars Arena area for new offices

By Louis Aguilar | The Detroit News

October 13, 2017

ech giant Google Inc. is considering a new building next to Little Caesars Arena for the offices it is moving from suburban Birmingham, according to sources familiar with the talks.

The deal isn’t finalized, but The News has learned Google is seeking between 30,000 to 40,000 square feet of space in a building planned for the southwestern edge of the sports/entertainment venue

The new building would be bordered by Henry Street and the Fisher Freeway Service Drive. It would not be part of the indoor pedestrian concourse, known as the Via, that links the arena with two buildings with restaurants and stores.
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The potential Google move is the latest among tech giants who are moving or setting up offices in downtown Detroit.

Microsoft Corp. opened an office in the One Campus Martius building, moving a regional technology center from Southfield where it had been located for 30 years, officials confirmed Friday.

Amazon expanded its offices at 150 W. Jefferson into a corporate office and create a local technology hub.
I wonder if they'll be developing a single tenant office building or something more? I also wonder if they still include the hotel in this? This could be a fairly substantial building if it's mixed use.

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There is a real hotel boom going on in the city and metro area i've seen 4 new hotels built within a few miles of my place here in Farmington Hills just in the past few years with a 5th about to break ground. That hotel tower on telegraph in Southfield which was a perennial problem child has new ownership and was renovated and the (northland convention center hotel?) looks like it will follow suit.

I will say though that until recently i never considered Lake Huron when i was planning a trip up north or to the beach but now i don't understand why the "bluewater coast" isn't Metro Detroit's go to "shore" and why area's like Port Austin which has big dunes to the SW nice beaches and a mini pictured rock's to the NE and only 2-2 1/2 hrs north on van dyke isn't well known at all. There are also several small cutsie tourist harbor towns with lighthouses like Lexington along the coast north of Port Huron as well that i would imagine could be popular close in alternatives for a weekend getaway.

Well after going to the grand sable dunes area of pictured rocks national lakeshore this summer i'm glad so much of the northern part of the state is so remote, i can imagine that grand sable banks are what the sleeping bear dunes were like in the pre interstate highway day's.

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As economy improves, so does Michigan tourism

By LINDSAY VANHULLE
Crain's Detroit Business
October 15, 2017



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From state park campsite reservations to national park visits, from Mackinac Bridge crossings to hotel stays, tourists are driving a solid Michigan summer for the tourism industry, data show.

People in the industry, including visitors' bureau directors and hotel operators, are optimistic the pace will continue as visitors flock to see Michigan's fall colors.

Travel in Michigan, in general, has been rising steadily since the bottom of the recession in 2008 and 2009, leaders of local, regional and state agencies say. The economy now is in its eighth year of expansion.

State tourism officials also point to evidence that the state's Pure Michigan tourism campaign is leading to more brand awareness and more visits to the state. But the data they rely on are estimates based on calculations that the state won't make publicly available.

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"I don't think there's ever a time when you can say one particular thing does the trick," said Michael O'Callaghan, executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. "You can have a great advertising campaign for a candy bar and people will buy it once, and if the candy bar stinks, they're not coming back. We've got a pretty good-tasting candy bar."

Detroit's post-bankruptcy recovery has spurred new development and interest in the city, especially downtown, O'Callaghan said. He added that he has seen more foot traffic in the city center, especially on weekends.

In addition, changing tourism trends look as though they will have a positive effect on the statewide travel industry, as millennials increasingly look to spend money on experiences, rather than possessions, said Dave Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan, the state's tourism division.

Gov. Rick Snyder has promoted Michigan as a tourism destination on his overseas trade trips, most notably in China; the state saw some softness in international visitors in 2016, Lorenz said, which he said could be attributed to a stronger U.S. dollar and uncertainty surrounding the presidential election.

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-Hotel occupancy in Grand Rapids was close to 69 percent through August, said Doug Small, president and CEO of Experience Grand Rapids. That's up from a low of 48 percent in 2008, he said. Likewise, hotel average daily rates are running at about $117 through August, Small said, up $3 from the same time last year.

-In Traverse City, hotel visits were trending upward by about 3 percent from May through September year over year at three hotels owned by Alex Mowczan's Summerside Properties LLC. July was slightly down, though the weather was cooler and wetter this year, he said.

-Hotel occupancy is 68.1 percent through August in metro Detroit, compared to 67.3 percent a year ago, said O'Callaghan, of the metro Detroit visitors' bureau. Average daily rates are now at close to $103 through August, up from nearly $99 last year. Occupancy crashed to nearly 47 percent during the worst of the recession, he said.

-Meetings and convention business is growing in Grand Rapids, but leisure travel has seen "tremendous growth" in part due to the region's craft beer scene and the city's arts and culture, Small said.

-Total lodging reservations at state park campsites were up close to 14 percent in July from the same month in 2016 — 997,381 compared to 875,919, according to data from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. "This is probably as good as it's been, I would say, in 10 years," said Ron Olson, the DNR's chief of parks and recreation.

-Mackinac Bridge crossings have increased every month of the year through July, at roughly 2.2 million for the first seven months of 2017, based on data from the Mackinac Bridge Authority.

-Visits to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising were up about 6 percent year over year for January and February, acting park Superintendent Nancy Finley said. Summer was more mixed — down 5 percent in June, up 3 percent in July. Weather, she said, is a big determining factor in whether people travel: "It's been a little colder this year," she said. "We're having a warmer fall."
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Here's a update well from over a week ago thanks to lowell from detroityes of the progress at the Statler site i know a lot of people aren't hyped on the design including me but i'm hoping at least that the materials will look better irl. Still though i'm happy to see a big hole in GCP get filled in this debate kind of reminds me of what happened with Kennedy square except it was about the stature of the building not the design either way i'm just glad to see development moving toward the west side of GCP.

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I will say though that until recently i never considered Lake Huron when i was planning a trip up north or to the beach but now i don't understand why the "bluewater coast" isn't Metro Detroit's go to "shore" and why area's like Port Austin which has big dunes to the SW nice beaches and a mini pictured rock's to the NE and only 2-2 1/2 hrs north on van dyke isn't well known at all. There are also several small cutsie tourist harbor towns with lighthouses like Lexington along the coast north of Port Huron as well that i would imagine could be popular close in alternatives for a weekend getaway.
Probably just the difference in quantity of scenic areas compared to other parts of the state.

Since the Thumb Region is mostly flat, there's a ton of farming which makes the journey uninteresting and boring. Only the few miles (or less) off of Lake Huron are anything interesting. Up north, you get miles and miles of scenery plus the varied terrain and even some inland lakes. It's easier to find your own little hideaway in nooks and crannies so to speak. The irony is that the remoteness up north makes it more attractive.

Somewhat related, IIRC, there's was a book on Metro Detroit's expected growth during the 1960s or 70s where urban planners thought the city would sprawl towards Port Huron within the next 100 years, but instead most people headed northwest into Oakland County. They were fairly optimistic Port Huron would become a new major port because of the connection to Canada and it's location between Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair. They also expected the region to have 15 million residents by now so... yea. Maybe if Port Huron (and by extension, Detroit) managed to keep up that sort of growth, Lake Huron would become dotted with resorts and attractions but since it's just not as attractive as up north by itself, it's just stayed under the radar.
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