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Power to the people? Well, the first and third items in this week’s Dragline address that topic. We start with a snag in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan and our state’s approach to handling it. Governor Rick Snyder says we’re going to prepare our own carbon program over the next 12 months. Let’s hope it’s reasonable. From there we take a breath and report on the Barack Obama Foundation’s request for qualifications for architects interested in designing the next presidential library. Whatever you think of President Obama the man has made remarkable history; designing a center to explain his accomplishments should prove a worthy challenge to any architect. Our last commentary covers our concerns about the National Labor Relations Board’s decision about “joint employers.” It’s not only that it disturbs employers. But it pushes a national trend that, to us at least, appears to be shoving unions out.  Go To Dragline

Lansings SkyVue Set To Begin In November

Having gained the approval of the Lansing City Council, ground is now expected to be broken in November for the $77 million SkyVue mixed development project on a Michigan Avenue site that once contained the Story Oldsmobile dealership. Full Story


National Construction Rate Still Advances In July

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in July total construction put in place throughout the nation rose 0.7% from June’s revised estimate. July set an annual rate of $1,083.4 billion. The revised June rate was $1,075.9 billion.  Full Story

Construction Funding Topic Of October 14 Workshop

A morning Construction Funding Symposium is being presented October 14th by the Construction Association of Michigan at the Michigan State university Management Education Center in Troy.  Full Story


Melchior Advances To HRC’s Architectural Leader

Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. (HRC), a Bloomfield Hills based engineering services firm, has promoted Adrianna Melchior to Architectural Department Head. She joined HRC in 2012 and has developed a diverse design portfolio featuring commercial, aviation, health care, municipal and industrial facilities. This has involved significant projects for the Wayne County Airport Authority, General Motors, Mahle Industries, and local communities.  Full Story

CW Bearing’s Northville Center Site Identified

More information has been disclosed about CW Bearing USA’s plans to build a North American headquarters on a site in Northville.  Full Story

I&M Power To Bolster Electricity In Southwest Michigan

A plan calling for $45 million in improvements to electrical service to Cass and Van Buren Counties, as well as the Sister Lakes area, has been announced by the Indiana Michigan Power Company. Full Story

Escanaba Apartment Project Hits A Big Wall

Last week Escanaba’s Zoning Board of Appeals denied a zoning variance for a proposed mixed use project, placing it  — at least temporarily — in limbo. Full Story

Oakland County Moves Animal Shelter Plan Forward

The design, including architectural and engineering drawings, of a new Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center has been authorized by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. Full Story

Forestry Products Firm May Come To Grayling Area

A Thursday, September 10th meeting has been scheduled by the Crawford County Board of Commissioners to consider a resolution of support for establishing a Forest Products Processing Renaissance Zone.  Full Story

Sept. 21 Hearing On Woda’s Traverse City Project

Though it’s requesting a 90 day delay on its zoning permit, representatives of the Woda Group Inc . are expected to appear at a September 21st public hearing about their Pine Street Development One project proposed for Traverse City.  Full Story

Three Rivers Planning Outdoor Sports Center

A request to purchase 40 acres of property for the proposed Three Rivers Youth Sports Complex has been added to the Thursday, September 10th agenda of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners.  Full Story

Boyne City Asked To Change Municipal Center Plans

With a spring 2016 groundbreaking expected for a $7 million municipal center in Boyne City, two men who recently agreed to lease land for $1 to the city for a lakefront park have asked that the site for the new building be moved.  Full Story

Food Processor Seek Tax Abatement To Expand

A September 15th public hearing is expected to be conducted after the meeting of the Benton Township Board of Trustees for a possible tax abatement to assist expansion plans for the Great Lakes Farmers Distribution Center LLC.  Full Story

Gaylord VFW Buys Land For Its New Hall

Nearly nine acres of land have been purchased by Gaylord’s Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1518 as a site for a permanent hall.  Full Story

Alpena Will Be Advancing River Center Proposals

Following an endorsement from its consultant, Robert “Mac” West from Denver, Colorado, the board of directors of the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary are proceeding with planning and fundraising for its River Center.  Full Story