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Downtown businesses expect boost from Detroit auto show’s return

Posted By: The Detroit News on September 15, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   As the North American International Auto Show makes its return to Detroit this week for the first time in more than three years, hotels, restaurants and retailers in the city’s central business district say they’re ready and […]

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Shifting retail on Grand Rapids’ east side reflects broader market trends

Posted By: MiBiz on August 28, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   Retail corridors on Grand Rapids’ east side are in flux as new businesses move in and longtime staples relocate or shut down. The corridors in East Hills and Eastown embody West Michigan’s hot commercial real estate and retail market, […]

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Investors looking to revitalize Toledo’s oldest neighborhood

Posted By: WTOL11 on July 28, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   Signature Associates’ Rob Keleghan is proud to be a part of this amazing project.   A short trip north on Summit Street from downtown will lead right to the historic Vistula neighborhood.  It’s one of the oldest neighborhoods […]

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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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New businesses restore tired, commercial strip near University of Toledo

After falling into vacancy and abandonment, a small commercial plaza on Bancroft Street near the University of Toledo is being revived thanks to three businesses breathing new life into it. Jo Jo’s Pizza, Sunrise Skillet, and Arnie’s Toledo are committed to making a go of it in the plaza located in the 2600 block of […]

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As Michigan office vacancies increase, what happens to the unused space?

A few years ago, Butzel decided it had more office space than it needed in Oakland County and Detroit and wanted to downsize. Having gone digital, the law firm didn’t need a library or a place to store files. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state in March 2020, forcing many businesses to shift staff to remote […]

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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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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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How the Restaurant Industry Has Adjusted as a Result of the Pandemic

By: Bruce Baja While it is safe to say the COVID-19 pandemic brought about many unprecedented challenges for most businesses, the restaurant industry in particular found itself faced with challenges the like of which it had never witnessed before. From constantly changing rules and regulations, safety guidelines, occupancy limits, and extremely challenging staffing issues, restaurants […]

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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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City commission approves new social district for West Fulton

Grand Rapids’ newest social district soon will be coming to Fulton Street on the city’s West Side. The Grand Rapids City Commission on Tuesday approved the new West Fulton Social District on the 1100 block of W. Fulton Street between Marion and Garfield avenues NW. The district, expected to be operational in June, enables the sale […]

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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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Deserted office districts pose big problem for restaurants, shops that rely on them

Deserted office districts pose big problem for restaurants, shops that rely on them

The lights are still off at Central Kitchen + Bar in the First National Building.  Next door, the Roasting Plant coffee shop facing the usually bustling Campus Martius park also remains shuttered. That’s largely because the primary customer base of both trendy establishments is still encamped at home, where they’ve been running some of Michigan’s […]

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First ‘social zones’ now open in downtown Grand Rapids

First ‘social zones’ now open in downtown Grand Rapids

Visitors to downtown will notice four new outdoor “social zones” that were installed in public spaces over the weekend to give restaurants and retailers more room to serve customers in the era of social distancing. Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and the city of Grand Rapids on Friday began installing the four contiguous social zones — […]

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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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New retail, entertainment development planned for Levis Commons

New retail, entertainment development planned for Levis Commons

n a surprise move, Toledo-based developer Ed Harmon announced Monday that he will break ground in July on a new retail/entertainment development in Levis Commons in Perrysburg. The two-story, 80,000-square-foot development will be located on 4½ acres of vacant ground adjacent to an existing building, known as the Orleans Building, which houses the Benchmark restaurant […]

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Hall Road, other shopping centers face changing landscape amid COVID-19

Hall Road, other shopping centers face changing landscape amid COVID-19

What is perhaps Metro Detroit’s busiest shopping corridor is hurting. At 10.5 miles, the stretch of M-59/Hall Road that runs east to I-94 in Macomb County produces one of the most formidable retail hot spots in the region. So what happens when half of the 90,000 to 100,000 cars that traverse it daily stay in […]

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