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In Dragline’s Bucket

“The powers that be,” we suppose, are expecting us to stand up and cheer for the proposed new Red Wings arena and associated development near downtown Detroit. Certainly we’re leaning in its favor but, as shown in its conceptual plans last week, we’ve found what we believe are glaring holes. The presentation on the $650 million project was slick on the outside but its interior struck us as hollow, especially for something that may be underway in two or three months. Looking at the money dwindling in the federal highway trust fund, eyes are turning this week to the U.S. Senate. It’s supposed to take a floor vote on a temporary solution drafted by the U.S. House of Representatives. But the House bill must triumph over two Senate versions. Over in western Michigan the ironworkers are starting to question what the Associated Builders & Contractors group is saying about finding jobs for people laid off by Lamar Construction Company. Nearly 300 were booted when it suddenly closed its doors. The question is, do they want to stay open shop workers or go union?  Go To Dragline

New Owner Renames Petoskey Pointe As Sunset Square

The new owner of the former Petoskey Pointe construction site in downtown Petoskey has said he’s studying the possibility of building a hotel and conference center on the property.  Full Story

Charrette Slated For Former Juvenile Center Site

During the last week of August a three day charrette is to be conducted by the Platte Road Site Community Advisory Committee on what to do with the now vacant property where the Washtenaw Juvenile Center once stood.  Full Story

CAM Plans August Construction Safety Golf Outing

The Construction Association of Michigan’s next golf outing will take flight on Tuesday, August 12th at the Fieldstone Golf Club in Auburn Hills, with a theme emphasizing construction safety.  Full Story

Ypsilanti Plans To Reopen Historic Railroad Freighthouse

A vote delayed until September by the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority has put a delay in plans to renovation portions of the historic Ypsilanti Freighthouse.  Full Story

St. Joseph County Moves Toward A Community Center

Last week the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners took a positive step toward the development of a community center by hiring a construction management company.  Full Story

Electrical Administrative Board Members Reappointed

Governor Rick Snyder has announced the reappointments of Thomas Erdman, Corey Hannahs, and Ernest Harju to the Electrical Administrative Board. Full Story

Meridian Township Voters To Determine Park Proposal

On the August 5th ballot will be a millage increase to fund improvements to the Meridian Township park system, including $1.5 million in work spread over two years.  Full Story

Kingsley Condo Project OK With Ann Arbor Planners

Last week the Ann Arbor Planning Commission approved site plans and a rezoning request for the 121 Kingsley West project, involving a residential condominium development proposed by Huron-Kingsley LLC, Ann Arbor.  Full Story

Petoskey Schools To Propose New Athletics Complex

The Petoskey Board of Education late last week unanimously approved a school bond proposal for the November 4th ballot asking voters for $10 million to rebuild the school district’s athletic facilities.  Full Story

AIA/Michigan & AGC/Michigan Meeting Comes Next Month

Plans are being finalized by the American Institute of Architects/Michigan for its 2014 Mid-Summer Conference, partnered with the Associated General Contractors of Michigan. It will feature a program ranging from a discussing of projects under design to lean design and construction principals.  Full Story

FSU Trustees Approve Renovations To 5 Buildings

Last week the Ferris State University board of trustees approved a building renovation program that could bring up to $1.55 million in renovations to five buildings on its Big Rapids campus.  Full Story

Proposed Love’s Travel Stop Pulled Into Circuit Court

Yesterday opponents of a plan for a major truck stop in Holland Township appeared before Circuit Court Judge Jon Van Allsburg, questioning the township’s approval of the site plan and property rezoning allowing it.  Full Story

Plymouth Library To Invest In Building Upgrades

A construction management contract was awarded last week by the Plymouth District Library Board of Trustees for $1.1 million in renovation to the main library building.  Full Story

ESD Discusses Social Security Options Next Month

A free presentation, “Social Security Benefits: Understanding And Making The Most Of Your Options,” has been scheduled by the Engineering Society of Detroit for the evening of August 26th.  Full Story

Accord Reached On Eastside Rec Center Land

Following approval by the Ypsilanti City Council, last week the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Department accepted a purchase agreement for 4.1 acres of property for the latter’s Eastside Recreational Center.  Full Story

FTCH Sets Up Branch Office In Macomb Township

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber has recently opened a branch office on the east side of Michigan in Macomb Township.  Full Story