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We’re always interested in the facts, just the facts, and that’s why political reasoning, at least to some degree, often strikes us as absurd. When a politician raises a point, be he or she from the left or the right of the political spectrum, we’ll politely listen, then request the facts used to support it. That’s when the politician starts to stutter and sweat because we’ll catch them substituting a personal, often ill-conceived philosophy for realistic observation and analysis. Shortly stated, that’s the problem with some of today’s politicians trying to push the “devolution” of federal transportation programs down our throats. They’re simply unrealistic. A letter this month to Congress from a transportation coalition illustrates it. From there we return to new developments in climate change modeling, bringing up matters that are not commonly discussed. That’s because they’re not in step with current climate change propaganda.  Go To Dragline

Red Wings Arena Development Gains Focus

At a presentation yesterday before the Detroit City Council, representatives from Olympia Development Corporation provided more details on $650 million Detroit Red Wings Arena and surrounding mixed use development area, called “District Detroit.”  Full Story

Ann Arbor VA Medical Center Plans Addition

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a “sources sought” request to identify contractors interested in build outs and the construction of an addition to the east side of Building 1W at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center.  Full Story

Funding Approved For New WMU Dining Center

This week the board of trustees for Western Michigan University approved a bond issue to finance the construction of $36 million Valley Dining Center.  Full Story

Correction: Downtown Royal Oak Project May Start This Year

Last week the developers of a mixed use projects that’s to include a new downtown hotel told the Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority that it’s now in negotiations with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. There’s also been a change in the project team, with the Dailey Company, Lake Orion, no longer involved.  Full Story

MEDC Supports $340 Million In New Investments

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has announced Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) approval of five economic development actions that are expected to generate as much as $340 million in new investment.  Full Story

Schmuckal Proposes New Gasoline Station For Honor

Officials from Benzie County are assessing the possible sale of a long closed gasoline station to a developer in what will be the county’s first brownfield redevelopment. Full Story

Walbridge & Devon Team Up For Two Toyota Projects

This week Toyota announced selection of the joint venture team of Walbridge and Devon Industrial Group, both of Detroit, to build major facilities for it in York Township near Ann Arbor and Georgetown, Kentucky. Full Story

Team Assembled For New Marquette Hospital

This week U.P. Health Systems, owned by Duke Lifepoint, announced that the joint venture of Skanska Closner had been named as construction manager of the proposed $170 million Marquette General Hospital. Full Story

Panera Bread To Rise On Canton Township Site

The former site of the Mobil Lounge on Michigan Avenue west of Belleville/Canton Center Road in Canton Township will soon be the home to a new Panera Bread bakery and restaurant. Full Story

Farmington Slates 2nd $131.5 Million Bond Hearing

With the first public hearing conducted next week, officials from Farmington Public Schools are already preparing for a second one on its $131.5 million school bond proposal, scheduled for April 13th. Full Story

Escanaba Gears Up For More Historic Preservation

Last week the city of Escanaba was told it has been accepted in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Certified Local Government Program, qualifying it to apply for grants and technical assistance for historical preservation projects. Full Story

Hudson’s Redevelopment Plan Must Be Ready By 2016

Yesterday the Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority established deadlines for the redevelopment of the former Hudson’s Department Store calling for plans to be finalized by the end of this year. Full Story

Spring Lake Township Reviews Fire Station Drawings

This week preliminary conceptual drawings of a revised design for a proposed Spring Lake Township fire station were presented to the township board of trustees. As requested they showed a smaller station than discussed last year but seemed more to the liking of the trustees.  Full Story

Groundbreaking Nears For Gaylord’s Shoppes On Main

A property agreement approved by the Gaylord city council this week has advanced a plan for the construction of a 50,000 square foot shopping center to be called the Shoppes On Main. Full Story:

Honor Guard Building Slated For National Cemetery

A presolicitation notice has been issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the construction of an honor guard building at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. Full Story

Prospects For New Hotels Studied In Farmington Hills

In Farmington Hills a developer is pushing a plan to demolish the vacant, former headquarters of the Alexander Hamilton Life Insurance Company and use its site for up to three hotels.  Full Story