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With tight industrial inventory, developers turn to outlying metro areas

Low industrial real estate vacancy rates and ongoing construction backlogs are pushing industrial projects to more rural and outlying areas. In the Grand Rapids area, an increasing number of industrial sites that have sat dormant for years in outlying parts of Walker and Hudsonville are now being bought or developed, said Stu Kingma, associate broker […]

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West Michigan Construction Institute facility slated to open in 2022, aid in construction labor shortage

A hub for talent recruitment, skills development and job placement is expected to open early next year in Grand Rapids in hopes of filling the workforce pipeline for West Michigan construction jobs. The West Michigan Construction Institute (WMCI) will be located at 801 Century Ave. SW, west of US-131 in Grand Rapids at Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.’s former equipment yard. […]

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Mixed-use project will repurpose vacant downtown Muskegon bank building

A historic bank building in downtown Muskegon will be redeveloped into a mixed-use space after being vacant for four years.  Core Development Group plans to repurpose the six-story tower at 221 W. Webster Ave. into offices, commercial space and apartments. “It’s preserving an old building. If it sat here forever, who knows what it would […]

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Perrysburg Township project includes restaurants, gym and French Quarter theme

A New Orleans-themed development in Perrysburg Township with restaurants, a coffee shop and gym is under construction and slated to open starting early next year. French Quarter Square will be worth $15-$20 million when finished, said Mike Denman, vice president of developer River Rock Property Group. The property at 10630 Fremont Pike is just east […]

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A zoning fight over warehouse space rankles Huron Township

A year ago, Huron Township put the brakes on construction of any new warehouse or distribution space after approving two large new buildings on an old horse-racing track. But now the developer constructing those buildings totaling 1.27 million square feet for Amazon.com Inc. on the former Pinnacle Race Course site wants to build another one […]

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Region’s third known Amazon Fresh grocery store coming to Troy

The region’s third Amazon Fresh grocery store concept is believed to be under construction in Troy. Permits and site plans obtained from the city through a Freedom of Information Act request show a layout and design similar to other Amazon Fresh stores around the country, including locations Crain’s previously first reported in the spring in Shelby […]

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Car wash company building $30M headquarters in Holland

VisionQuest Companies plans to begin construction this month on a a $30 million headquarters near the corner of M-40 and Waverly Road. VisionQuest, which owns car wash companies and manufactures car wash equipment, says the new building is expected to be complete by fall 2022. It includes 75,000 square feet of office space and a […]

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Ruling gives green light to Pontiac marijuana development

A holdup with the city of Pontiac regarding a proposed medical marijuana complex appears to be resolved after an Oakland County Circuit Court judge ruled that the property is appropriately zoned for the venture. Construction is expected to begin in the next two months on the nearly $40 million Glenwood Plaza development, said Joseph Brown, principal of the […]

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An Auburn Hills revival: Main business district sees $55 million in projects and construction

A small stretch of Auburn Road in Auburn Hills is being built out with a raft of new apartments, office and retail space. The main business district between Squirrel Road to the west and stretching a few blocks to the east has about $55 million in new buildings under construction or completed recently across seven […]

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Slicing construction timeline, Greektown residential tower envisioned in 16 months

Slicing construction timeline, Greektown residential tower envisioned in 16 months

Signature Associates is excited to be a part of this new development, for more information click here to see our listing. It was only in June that news was first revealed about a 16-story residential tower planned for Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood, the first new residential units in that area in decades. Now construction of the $64.6 million […]

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INTEGRATED DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION: WHEN IS IT VALUABLE AND WHY?

By: Amy Michalek When looking to update or build out an office, many organizations approach construction projects using the traditional Design – Bid – Build process.  The process typically emphasizes design over budget, is time consuming, and often leads to sticker shock, ultimately wasting more time and money. Companies looking to find the most effective […]

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Options open for new restaurant, more in lease property available on Telegraph in Brownstown

Options open for new restaurant, more in lease property available on Telegraph in Brownstown

With more than 15,000 cars traveling the area of Telegraph Road near King Road in Brownstown Township daily, the area is considered to be a busy corridor — perfect for a business developer and tenants. A construction project that could house several different businesses, including a drive-thru fast food establishment, now occupies a spot at […]

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Baker College construction in Royal Oak to bring students next year

Baker College construction in Royal Oak to bring students next year

Construction got underway this month for a new Baker College campus in Royal Oak that officials say will be ready for students in the Fall 2022. “The pandemic hasn’t had a deep impact on plans for the Royal Oak campus,” said Baker College COO Jacqui Spicer. “We are hopeful by the time we open our […]

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Gordie Howe bridge on track to open in 2024 despite construction delays

Gordie Howe bridge on track to open in 2024 despite construction delays

The Gordie Howe International Bridge project remains on target to open by the end of 2024 despite the COVID-19 crisis that slowed construction, officials said Friday. The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority held an online community meeting via Facebook Live to give the public an annual update on the project. Plans for the project began in the fall […]

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Construction finally underway on mixed-use building in downtown Muskegon

Construction finally underway on mixed-use building in downtown Muskegon

A ground breaking was recently held for the six-story mixed-use building, The Leonard, after construction was delayed earlier this year. The Leonard is being constructed at the corner of Western Avenue and Second Street. Construction on the 51,565-square-foot building initially was expected to begin in fall 2018, and was postponed once to May 2019 and again […]

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Anonymous company considers lot purchase in Triad Business Park

Anonymous company considers lot purchase in Triad Business Park

An anonymous company is considering purchasing 6.5 acres of land from the city of Toledo as part of a $300,000 deal that would also contribute to the redevelopment of two historic downtown buildings. The agreement, if approved by Toledo City Council, would allow Louisville Title Agency for N.W. Ohio, Inc., a local title company, to […]

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International Packaging Company Coming To Northwest Ohio

International Packaging Company Coming To Northwest Ohio

Logoplaste has announced plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Lima, Ohio. With headquarters in Portugal, Logoplaste will construct a 100,000 square-foot facility for plastic injection molding of food grade containers. The new $35 million project will add at least 50 new jobs at the Allen County site. “Proximity to a recognized regional plastics […]

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Perrigo moving its North American HQ downtown

Perrigo moving its North American HQ downtown

Perrigo is investing $44.7 million to move its North American corporate headquarters to Medical Mile in downtown Grand Rapids in a move that will create 170 jobs. The Right Place, in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Michigan State University, Rockford Construction and the city of Grand Rapids, on Tuesday announced the Dublin-based pharmaceutical […]

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Junior Achievement breaks ground on Grand Rapids center

Junior Achievement breaks ground on Grand Rapids center

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes is set to break ground on a new $12.9 million Free Enterprise Center. The Junior Achievement Free Enterprise Center at 4090 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, will serve as the regional staff headquarters. The 35,000-square-foot building also will house the three experiential labs for students across West Michigan: Fox […]

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Chemical company looking at Ann Arbor area to build headquarters

Chemical company looking at Ann Arbor area to build headquarters

A chemical company looking to open its North American headquarters and research and development facility is eyeing several areas around Ann Arbor after previous attempts to begin construction failed in Pittsfield Township. Wacker Chemical Corporation has received letters in support of a potential development from leaders in Ann Arbor, Pittsfield Township and Scio Township for […]

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Governor’s office: Construction to be allowed beginning May 7

Governor’s office: Construction to be allowed beginning May 7

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will allow the construction industry to get back to work May 7, a spokesman for the governor confirmed Wednesday morning. The Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS News) first reported the date on Tuesday. Zack Pohl, a Whitmer spokesman, confirmed the report. “No one should be surprised that the governor would open […]

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Coronavirus not slowing down most development projects

Coronavirus not slowing down most development projects

At least one major economic development project in northwest Ohio is at a standstill due to the coronavirus outbreak, but for now, most developers and officials remain optimistic about the future. Construction workers are exempt from Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order, but Cleveland-Cliffs announced last week that it is pausing work on a hot briquette […]

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5 notable construction projects from West Michigan

5 notable construction projects from West Michigan

Contractors are capping off another busy year for developments across West Michigan. From the largest mixed-use project in downtown Grand Rapids history, to new modern buildings in historic areas, these are five notable projects from around the region on the radar for MiBiz this year. Here’s a closer look at them. 10 Ionia Architect: Yamasaki Associates Inc., Troy […]

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East Toledo iron plant on track to open next summer

East Toledo iron plant on track to open next summer

Ten days ago workers finished erecting the 457-foot furnace reactor tower at the hot briquette iron manufacturing plant under construction in East Toledo, officially making it the tallest structure in the city. So on Wednesday, the plant’s owner, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., decided it was time to provide a progress update on the $830 million plant by holding an […]

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Get ready! Construction is about to begin on new Glass City Metropark

Get ready! Construction is about to begin on new Glass City Metropark

Drive along Main Street in East Toledo where the old Toledo Sports Arena used to stand and you can see the construction happening now on Marina District land that had frustrated Toledoans for remaining vacant so long. That’s the $45 million, 360-unit cluster of apartments and townhouses Columbus developer Frank Kass is building near the […]

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$224 million, 8.5-mile overhaul of I-75 in Oakland County to start next month

$224 million, 8.5-mile overhaul of I-75 in Oakland County to start next month

Construction on I-75 in Oakland County is set to ramp up again next month with an 8.5-mile overhaul as well as the state’s first carpool lane and two more interchange projects. Segment two of the nearly $2 billion I-75 Modernization Project will include redoing the freeway from Coolidge Highway to 13 Mile Road. The Michigan […]

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