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In Dragline’s Bucket

The presumed Democratic Party nominee for President did something interesting this week. She garnered headlines for bringing up the subject of our country’s infrastructure crisis. Whether it will elicit a reply from her Republican Party opponent awaits to be seen. Donald Trump has demonstrated a mastery of being vague about certain topics. Not that Hillary Clinton lacks in similar abilities. Meanwhile, trying to get more substantive work completed, U.S. Representative John Conyers (D-Detroit) has introduced legislation to rebuild our country’s aging drink water systems. Though we question how he’d fund the work we admire his courage in providing a framework. It reminds us of Daniel in the lions’ den.  We close on a sad but true affliction a Grand Rapids contractor contracted in the state of Louisiana. It’s got nothing to do with 792 pound Mississippi River alligators. But we’re not ruling out bloodsuckers. Go To Dragline

Detroit To Get Automotive Supplier’s Plant

Flex-N-Gate, an automotive supplier to Ford Motor Company and other automotive firms, has announced plans for the construction of a 500,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Detroit. Full Page

Costco Considering Site In East Lansing

This week Costco said it will conduct a June 2nd public meeting over a plan to build one of its member warehouse stores on the grounds of the former Four Winds Golf Course in East Lansing. Full Story

U-M Cancels Bus Transportation Center Project

Conceding to community pressure, the University of Michigan board of regents has dropped current plans for its Transportation Operations & Maintenance Facility. Full Story

CAM To Discuss Medical Plan June 2nd

The Construction Association of Michigan is offering a free information session on its sponsored group medical insurance program on Thursday, June 2nd, starting at 8 am. Full Story

Muskegon’s Ameribank Building May Be Repurposed

A purchase option agreement has been approved by the Muskegon City Council with Port City Construction for the a city owned, long vacant building that most recently housed an Ameribank operation. Full Story

Menard Gets Ready To Build Orion Township Store

A June 13th public hearing has been scheduled by the Orion Township Zoning Board of Appeals to review petitions for Menard Inc. to allow five variances on properties along Brown Road, east of Estes Drive. Full Story

‘Youth Village’ Concept Considered For Battle Creek

Chris McCoy, pastor of Battle Creek’s Faith Assembly Christian Fellowship Church and executive director of New Level Sports Ministries, has a vision for transforming a vacant lot. He wants to create a “youth village” with facilities providing recreational, academic, and sports services. Full Story

Detroit’s Metropolitan Building To Return As Hotel

Plans first announced in early August 2015 to convert the long vacant Metropolitan Building in downtown Detroit apparently are getting underway. That’s according to an announcement this week by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Full Story

Cosworth To Make Cylinder Heads In Michigan

This week Cosworth Group, an automotive supplier, announced it would lease and convert a manufacturing building at the Cherry Creek Business Park in Shelby Township to produce cylinder heads for V-8 engines. Full Story

MSF Supports $201 Million In Construction

Projects expected to generate more than $201 million in total investment gained approval this week from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF,) the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has announced. Full Story

Andy Knuppenburg Loses His Life

Michigan’s construction industry lost a promising young talent last week, the victim of a motorcycle crash. Andrew D. Knuppenburg, 22, a mason at Albaugh Masonry, Stone & Tile, lost his life in Troy, near Big Beaver and Daley roads. Full Story

Private Silver Lake Wastewater System Gets Ready

Having announced plans to develop and build a privately owned wastewater treatment plan to the Golden Township Planning Commission in April, 2015, a Silver Lake business owner this week said the project has entered the final design phase. Full Story

Enhancements To Come To Covered Bridge Farm

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has approved a civil, architectural, and design services contract for the existing Covered Bridge Farm Park in Centreville. Full Story

Woodland Skating Center Scheduled For Revamp

Plans for a major upgrading of the former Woodland Skating Center were revealed this week by DV5 Properties llc, a sports academy owned by Cheri Devos. Full Story

Northwood University Prepares For Student Housing

This week the Midland City Council approved a zoning petition for rezoning property at 4203 West Main Street to allow the construction of a student housing complex for Northwood University. Full Story

Grocery Stores Eyed For Cass City Sites

This week two potential developers of grocery stores appeared before the village council of Cass City, presenting conceptual plans of their proposals. Full Story