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Main Art theater demolished Monday afternoon in downtown Royal Oak

Posted By: The Detroit News on July 25, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   The curtains were literally coming down Monday afternoon on the Main Art theater in Royal Oak as a crew worked to demolish the 80-year-old venue, a  showcase of independent cinema in Metro Detroit since the 1990s. Red curtains […]

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Over 200 acres by Ann Arbor’s Briarwood Mall now zoned for high-density development

The biggest property rezoning in recent Ann Arbor history is now finalized. City Council voted 8-3 Monday night, April 5, to OK reclassifying over 200 acres around Briarwood Mall under the city’s new TC1 transit-corridor zoning category to pave the way for downtown-style development on the city’s south side. “I’m very excited about this step […]

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5-story retail, residential project planned near historic Birmingham post office building

Big plans are in store for a historic building on the west side of downtown Birmingham. A mixed-use development is planned for the parking lot adjacent to the old post office at 320 Martin St. The planned five-story building would include retail space on the bottom floor, with space on upper floors dedicated to both office […]

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Fairlane Town Center’s new owner to redevelop Dearborn mall with mixed-use destinations

The new owner of Fairlane Town Center says it will redevelop the Dearborn mall for mixed use-destinations after its previous owner defaulted on loans. Centennial, a Dallas-based real estate investment firm focused on retail and mixed-use properties, on Wednesday said it has acquired the struggling 1.4 million-square-foot shopping center from Florida’s Starwood Capital Group. Details of […]

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Royal Oak Planning Commission backs plan to demolish beloved Main Art Theatre

The Royal Oak Planning Commission recommended demolishing the Main Art Theatre in favor of a five-story mixed-use building in a 4-2 vote Tuesday night. The public meeting included a presentation of the proposed building plan and roughly one and a half hours of public comments, mostly from those in support of the theater. Main Art Theatre, a […]

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After lawsuits, bills, blight, a blaze and Taserings, Southfield hotel hits market

The former Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Southfield flatlined in more ways than one. And now it is up for sale in the hopes that someone will resuscitate it, even as the city is seeking a receiver and to foreclose upon a mortgage it has on the long-vacant and troubled building off the Lodge Freeway. One […]

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Fowlerville getting $3.7 million apartment and commercial development downtown

A local couple is preparing to break ground on a more than 13,500-square-foot commercial and apartment building in downtown Fowlerville. The Michigan Strategic Fund board on Tuesday approved a $1.45 million loan through a Michigan Economic Development Corporation program, which will help them finance the estimated $3.7 million construction project. Jennifer Cooke and her husband, Dan — […]

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Vacant Sears store at Westgate to be demolished; area to be redeveloped

The owners of the Westgate Village Shopping Center plan to purchase the vacant Sears building and redevelop the property, the company’s CEO told The Blade. Liz Holland, the CEO of Chicago-based Abbell Credit Corp., which owns the Westgate plaza, said the vacant building will be razed and the company will evaluate various redevelopment proposals for […]

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New land use plan to be discussed at Perrysburg committee meeting

A new draft of the Perrysburg land use plan, including potential plans for the Perrysburg Heights neighborhood, will be discussed at the city’s planning and zoning committee meeting on Wednesday. Paul Belazis, board president for the Perrysburg Heights Community Association, said while the new draft is not as extreme as past versions, Heights community members are […]

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Waterfront hotel, cruise ship dock proposed near downtown Holland

A hotel, restaurants and apartment buildings along the waterfront, a cruise ship dock and more are part of a proposed plan to redevelop the Lake Macatawa shoreline near downtown Holland. The proposed plan calls for a mixed-use redevelopment along Lake Macatawa off of W 8th Street and Washington Boulevard that would include a 50-room hotel, […]

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New construction coming to Reynolds Road

A new building slated for the Reynolds Road corridor marks another new project in an area previously wrought with blight. The Toledo Police Federal Credit Union will invest $1.25 million for the construction of a new 4,200-square-foot building at 2340 S. Reynolds Road near the intersection of Heatherdowns and Reynolds roads. The site once housed […]

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MDOT wants to transform Detroit’s ‘cramped’ Amtrak station into $57M hub with retail, more

Rail passengers traveling into and out of Detroit via Amtrak could see a new train station rise in the city’s New Center area in coming years. The Biden administration has announced a $10 million grant — money not connected to the recently passed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill — to help fund the Michigan Department of Transportation’s longtime goal […]

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Malls ditch shopping to fill wasteland of vacant retail stores

Imagine 16 deserted Mall of Americas. That’s how much space battered mall owners need to fill heading into 2022, more than 90 million square feet. It’s no easy task, with dozens of retail chains already cutting back or shutting down, and it won’t get any better if the newest pandemic wave scares off shoppers. So […]

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Midtown development to break ground in second quarter of 2022

Developers of The Mid, a more than $250 million mixed-use development along Woodward in Midtown, expect to begin construction in the second quarter of 2022, officials said Tuesday. The development on 3.8 acres at 3750 Woodward Ave., was originally slated to open in December 2020. Emery Matthews, one of the developers involved in the project, has previously cited the […]

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New vision for Kmart’s old headquarters in Troy: But could it work?

As Kmart ends its story in Michigan and closes its last store here in Marshall, the former Kmart Corp. headquarters in Troy still sits awaiting its next chapter. The property at 3100 W. Big Beaver Road, likened in the past to an assortment of brown shoeboxes sticking out of the ground, has been empty for 15 years. Its future […]

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Demolition begins on blighted Witmark building in Plainfield Township; property listed for $3.2M

The side wall of the Witmark building came crashing down Thursday as workers began demolishing the blighted building that has sat vacant for about 20 years. Local residents commonly refer to the 45,000-square-foot, boarded up building at 4189 Jupiter Ave. NE as an eyesore. Citing safety concerns, Plainfield Township issued an order to property owner Regency […]

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Mixed-use building set for Junior League site

A mixed-use three-story building is planned for the former Junior League of Birmingham site, and has received preliminary site plan approval by the Birmingham Planning Board. The new building, to be located at 460 N. Old Woodward, received unanimous recommended preliminary site plan approval from the planning board in late July, with conditions that must […]

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State approves financing for $13.2M, 52-unit mixed-use project in Kalamazoo

State officials have approved a loan and brownfield incentives for a $13.2 million, five-story mixed-use development planned at a former industrial site north of downtown Kalamazoo. The project development team of 619 LLC was formed by Jeff Nicholson, Craig Bush and David Michal Scott to construct a five-story structure on 1.4 acres at 619 Porter St. Nicholson […]

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Restaurants, shops and medical offices coming to Perrysburg’s Levis Commons

Growth at Perrysburg’s Levis Commons may have slowed to a crawl after the Great Recession, but in the last five years it has come on strong as developers pumped tens of millions of dollars into new hotels, apartments and retail space. New projects at the mixed-used development — off State Rt. 25 near the I-475/U.S. 23 interchange […]

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Shunned by shoppers and squeezed by online retail, iconic Detroit malls to get new lives

Eastland Center and Northland Center malls opened in the 1950s to the fanfare of Metro Detroiters looking for a suburban shopping experience. Decades and the internet later, both sites face different futures. Eastland on Vernier Road in Harper Woods will close in January, and an industrial facility will be built in its place. The former […]

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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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Southfield sells Northland mall property for $11.1M

After entertaining a number of interested parties, the city of Southfield has finally inked an $11.1 million deal with Bloomfield Hills-based Contour Cos. for a majority of the 114-acre former Northland Center property. The signing of the deal, which was announced July 29, came shortly after the city received approval of a $26 million Michigan […]

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Redevelopment of key property bridging Midtown and downtown sought by Muskegon officials

A building at a key location near Muskegon’s downtown could revert to its historic look through mixed-use redevelopment being sought by city officials. The city-owned building on Third Street had housed offices of Catholic Charities West Michigan, which recently moved to new facilities in the city. The property includes vacant lots on which the city […]

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West Mich. redevelopment projects awarded $4.6M in state brownfield funding

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy recently awarded $4.6 million in brownfield grants and loans to five redevelopment projects on contaminated properties in West and Southwest Michigan. The developments are among the 21 that the agency has funded for environmental remediation this summer totaling $15.6 million. The projects that recently received funding […]

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Northland mall sale closes; redeveloper plans to build housing, commercial space

The City of Southfield finalized the sale Thursday of the abandoned Northland Center mall to a private developer who plans to demolish big portions of the old shopping mall, save some of it and build new housing and commercial space. Bloomfield Hills-based Contour Companies closed on the $11.1 million purchase agreement for the 97-acre site and the money is sitting […]

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Developer acquires three more properties for massive Sligh factory mixed-use project

A Detroit-based developer recently acquired three properties near downtown Grand Rapids as part of a larger mixed-use plan to redevelop the former Sligh Furniture Co. building. Sturgeon Bay Partners, doing business as JV SBAM SA LLC, acquired 188 Wealthy St. SW, 190 Wealthy St. SW, and 440 Grandville Ave. SW on May 14 for a total […]

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Developers eye U.S. 131 commerce center

A group of property owners in Hopkins Township are attempting to have approximately 500 acres of land along U.S. 131 annexed to the city of Wayland to allow development for a new West Michigan Commerce Center. Brian Silvernail, realtor associate at Show Grand Rapids Real Estate, said he is representing 13 property owners who signed […]

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Pandemic delays Cherry Street development

To great fanfare last June, Mercy Health announced that it would continue to revitalize the Cherry Street Corridor by building a mixed-use development on Cherry Street in partnership with local commercial real estate firm NAI Harmon Group. Unfortunately, the announcement was all that has happened thus far. The partners had hoped to complete the development […]

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MEDC supports developments in Grand Rapids, Middleville and Kalamazoo

A trio of West Michigan projects recently received community development funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The Michigan Strategic Fund of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) last week approved community revitalization projects in Grand Rapids, Middleville and Kalamazoo to “position the state for future prosperity,” the MEDC said. The MEDC said the projects […]

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RH submits new plans for site in Birmingham

RH, also known as Restoration Hardware, has submitted a preliminary site plan, special land use permit request and a community impact study for a new four-story mixed use building at the southwest corner of S. Old Woodward and Brown streets in Birmingham, which is on the city planning board’s Wednesday, March 24, agenda. The preliminary […]

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MEDC supports mixed-used development in Holland

MEDC supports mixed-used development in Holland

The city of Holland received support from the state for a new five-story, mixed-use development project in its downtown. The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) on Tuesday approved support for a community revitalization project in Holland that it said will help create a vibrant place that attracts and keeps […]

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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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Southfield City Council to discuss sale of vacant Northland mall for $11M

Southfield City Council to discuss sale of vacant Northland mall for $11M

The Southfield City Council is expected Monday to discuss a proposal for the sale of the former Northland Center for $11 million to a Bloomfield Hills company that plans to redevelop it into apartments, restaurants and retail space. The sale to Contour Companies of Bloomfield Hills is expected to be finalized in January and construction is […]

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Leonard Street development approved for MSF support

Leonard Street development approved for MSF support

The Grand Rapids Brownfield Redevelopment Authority recently received Michigan Strategic Fund approval of a brownfield work plan that will include $228,939 in state tax capture reimbursement for the Leonard Development project. The Business Journal previously reported Leonard Development Partners LLC will construct a three-story, mixed-use building on the site where three vacant commercial properties were recently demolished. The […]

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Development at former Woodville Mall site taking shape

Development at former Woodville Mall site taking shape

A once-thriving area of Northwood is destined for a rebirth after several years of stagnation. The city is working with Bowling Green-based Reveille, a planning and economic development agency, to bring a mixed-use development to 120 acres formerly occupied by the Woodville Mall. Plans call for office space, smaller commercial buildings and retail, and housing […]

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Downtown hotel opens at Studio Park

Downtown hotel opens at Studio Park

The long-awaited Canopy by Hilton hotel at Studio Park is ready to welcome guests to downtown Grand Rapids. The eight-story, 155-room upscale hotel, which opened Tuesday, was previously announced as a feature of the Studio Park mixed-use development and will be the first Canopy to open in Michigan. At 131 Ionia Ave. SW, Canopy by Hilton […]

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Lincoln’s Former Headquarters in Detroit Being Redeveloped, MEDC Approves Multiple Deals

Lincoln’s Former Headquarters in Detroit Being Redeveloped, MEDC Approves Multiple Deals

The former Lincoln Motor Co. headquarters in the Northwest Goldberg neighborhood of Detroit will be made into a mixed-use, mixed-income development. This project and more were approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund on Tuesday, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. “Today’s MSF approvals demonstrate the significant role we play in restoring Michigan’s economic recovery, […]

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Developers, city partner on downtown Kalamazoo plaza

Developers, city partner on downtown Kalamazoo plaza

Treystar, Catalyst Development and the city of Kalamazoo are partnering on a placemaking project for downtown Kalamazoo. Named after the historic Haymarket District where it will be located, Haymarket Plaza will run along the north side of East Michigan Avenue between the Main Street East buildings and the 180 Water St. project. The project is […]

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Developer proposes 350 apartments across from Midtown Whole Foods

Developer proposes 350 apartments across from Midtown Whole Foods

A longtime Detroit area developer is planning a 350-unit apartment complex on a key site across from the Whole Foods Inc. grocery store in the city’s Midtown neighborhood. Jonathan Holtzman, the co-founder and CEO of Farmington Hills-based City Club Apartments LLC, is proposing the three-building project as part of a broader 7-acre site at the […]

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Office leasing opens in $3M downtown Muskegon development

Office leasing opens in $3M downtown Muskegon development

Office leasing opened in a recently completed mixed-use development in downtown Muskegon that houses restaurants, retail and professional suites. John Essex, managing director of Port City Ventures, which owns Core Realty Partners, said Core Realty Partners began accepting deposits for individual office spaces within the NorthTown 794 development at 794 Pine St. in downtown Muskegon within the […]

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Southwyck, French Quarter are case studies in shifting industries

Southwyck, French Quarter are case studies in shifting industries

The retail landscape continues to shift in the U.S. and a pair of properties in northwest Ohio provide an interesting juxtaposition. After a decade of conjecture and stalled plans, the former Southwyck Mall site in Toledo is being transformed into an Amazon delivery station, which city officials consider a monumental victory. There is more positive […]

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Former French Quarter hotel to be razed, site redeveloped

Former French Quarter hotel to be razed, site redeveloped

A Toledo-area real estate firm announced Friday that the Holiday Inn French Quarter will be demolished and replaced with a multi-phase, mixed-use commercial center under the name of French Quarter Square. River Rock Property Group, LLC issued a news release Friday saying it has completed the purchase of the former Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg Township. […]

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Colony development proposal on track for city council approval

Colony development proposal on track for city council approval

Plans for a major development near ProMedica Toledo Hospital are on track for city council approval, despite the request of two councilmen and a dozen community members to delay Wednesday’s committee meeting on the project until it could be held in person. ProMedica and Columbus-based developer Frank Kass, who founded Continental Real Estate Co., intend to […]

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Lakeside Mall sold to developer with plans beyond retail

Lakeside Mall sold to developer with plans beyond retail

Lakeside Mall has been sold to a Miami group that says it will add other uses beyond shopping to revive the Sterling Heights shopping center, according to Sterling Heights city officials. The deal on the struggling mall was completed Tuesday. The mall’s previous owner, General Growth Properties Inc., defaulted on its $144 million mortgage, Sterling Heights officials said. Earlier this year, Lord […]

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After years of delays, Five & Main project moving forward in Commerce Township

After years of delays, Five & Main project moving forward in Commerce Township

A Commerce Township development long in the works is moving forward as a developer has purchased more than 30 acres of land for a new lifestyle center. Birmingham-based Robert B. Aikens & Associates LLC has closed on the $4.25 million purchase of about 34 acres for the first phase of what is being referred to […]

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Vester Square development would create shopping, dining, park campus in Ferndale

Vester Square development would create shopping, dining, park campus in Ferndale

East of downtown Ferndale, a cluster of businesses and parking lots could start to slowly morph into a multifaceted dining and shopping campus. Vester Square — a three-phase redevelopment project estimated to cost $20 million-$25 million— is making its way through Ferndale government approvals, according to city officials and a lead developer, Christian Fuller of […]

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$160M Studio Park opens downtown

$160M Studio Park opens downtown

Downtown Grand Rapids’ latest attraction now is open to the public. Studio Park celebrated its grand opening today at 123 Ionia Ave. SW. The 62,500-square-foot development offers several dining and retail options, a 200-seat concert venue called the Listening Room, a nine-screen movie theater, luxury lofts and an outdoor piazza. The $160 million project is […]

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Book Tower restoration to feature hotel, retail, office space

Book Tower restoration to feature hotel, retail, office space

Bedrock plans to bring the iconic Book Tower back to life with a mix of residential, hotel, retail and office space. New York-based architect ODA was chosen from among 10 firms to lead the design effort in restoring the nearly 500,000-square-foot Washington Boulevard structure originally built in 1916. “We selected them because they have quite a few projects around […]

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Varsity Shop demolition expected to begin soon

Varsity Shop demolition expected to begin soon

In 2016, Signature negotiated the contract on behalf of the client and closed on this project.  Our innovative process combined consulting, marketing & transactional services to best manage and support our client’s needs.    The Varsity Shop property at 277 Pierce St. in Birmingham may start coming down soon, the city says. It is owned […]

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Caledonia insurance firm coming to Studio Park will bring 400 jobs downtown

Caledonia insurance firm coming to Studio Park will bring 400 jobs downtown

Studio Park, the $160 million project just south of Van Andel Arena that includes a movie complex, restaurants, apartments, retail shops and more, on Wednesday announced the tenant of its six-story, $40 million office tower. Acrisure, a Caledonia Township-based insurance, risk management and benefits design firm, will move from its current headquarters to the new […]

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Ferndale approves developer deal for mixed-use parking garage project

Ferndale approves developer deal for mixed-use parking garage project

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 […]

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Palace of Auburn Hills to be razed; redevelopment in works

Palace of Auburn Hills to be razed; redevelopment in works

The former home of the Detroit Pistons soon will be demolished to make room for the homes of technology companies and corporations. A joint venture between Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and Livonia-based Schostak Brothers & Co. Inc. have purchased the Palace of Auburn Hills to be redeveloped into 1 million square feet of mixed-use office and research […]

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Mixed-use development, $3.2 million streetscape planned for Hazel Park

Mixed-use development, $3.2 million streetscape planned for Hazel Park

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 […]

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Major development would transform Erwin Orchards property in Lyon Township

Major development would transform Erwin Orchards property in Lyon Township

Proposals have been shot down over the years but Howard Fingeroot said his plan is something different. Fingeroot, a Oakland County-based developer, will be pitching his mixed-use development proposal to the Lyon Township Planning Commission on Wednesday night. The proposed development, called Cider Mill Village, would transform the nearly century old Erwin Orchards property in […]

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Ferndale’s busiest parking lot to close for mixed-use development

Ferndale’s busiest parking lot to close for mixed-use development

The busiest parking lot in Ferndale is scheduled to close at the end of January for a 12- to 15-month construction project transforming it into a five-story, mixed-use development with nearly triple the parking spaces. “It’s a lot more than just a parking structure,” said Barry Hicks, executive director of Ferndale’s Downtown Development Authority. “This is years […]

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Warren plans $170M mixed-use project as first step toward a downtown

Warren plans $170M mixed-use project as first step toward a downtown

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts has long talked about creating a walkable downtown for the city. This week, he unveiled plans for a $170 million mixed-use development project that he says is the first step toward realizing that dream. The proposed Warren Town Center would be built through a public-private partnership that will include the city, […]

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