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Can Flint’s water crisis spawn a pure drinking water movement in our country? Or will it be limited to just a recall petition drive? Answers to these questions have yet to be determined but estimates on trying to rebuild Flint’s drinking water system are growing, as well as helping its citizens to get back on their feet. A bill introduced in Congress last week is calling for $1.5 billion in combined federal and state funds. About half would pay for pipe replacement. But this sparks a question. Would Michigan’s underground construction industry be able to respond to such a sudden demand? The gag order against public officials informing voters about ballot issues 60 days or less from an election has been temporarily lifted. A federal judge is calling the new law unconstitutional and wants the Michigan legislature to resolve the matter. Based on political theory, we can’t argue against this. But we wonder if Lansing has the will and intellectual ability to do it. Moving onto land populated by Yogi and Boo Boo Bear, the National Parks Service is celebrating a big birthday this year. At the same time it’s suffering a $12 billion backlog of infrastructure needs.  Go To Dragline

May School Bond Proposals Approach $1 Billion

The Michigan Department of Treasury has announced 13 more school districts have announced bond proposals for the May 3rd ballot, increasing the total value to nearly $980 million for 30 school districts. No changes have been made to the March 8th ballot, which remains at just under $6 million in total value.  Full Story

Renaissance Center’s Builder, John L. Tishman, Dies

Internationally noted developer and contractor John Louis Tishman, whose company provided construction management for the construction of Detroit’s Renaissance Center during the mid-1970s, has died. Full Story

Grand Rapids Apartments Slate June Groundbreaking

Plans for the proposed 601 Bond Apartments in Grand Rapids, first proposed last October, have started to move forward. Full Story

Selfridge ANG Base To Gain New Fueling Facility

A $32.6 million contract for a jet fuel storage and delivery system has been awarded at Selfridge Air National Guard Base for the rapid refueling of KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, as well as others. Full Story

U-M Seeks Bidders For Catherization Project

Bids are being received until Thursday, February 25th at 2 pm for the construction of the Hybrid Cardiac Catherization Laboratory and Operating Room at the Samuel & Joan Frankel Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan. Full Story

Marquette Public Schools Refining May Bond Proposal

At its special work session meeting on the evening of February 4th the board of education for Marquette Area Public Schools decided to bring the proposed $6.28 million bond issue to the full meeting of the board. Full Story

Lyons Ponders Removal Of Its Historic Dam

Though considered a downtown landmark in the village of Lyons, the over 150 year old Lyons Dam is being targeted for major demolition. Full Story

MPI Research Schedules Mattawan Plant Improvements

Last week MPI Research, a drug testing company based in Mattawan, said that it plans to spend $5 million on upgrades to its 1.1 million square foot facility by the end of this year. Full Story

Detroit Seeks Federal Grant For Housing Redevelopment

Detroit has issued a request for developer qualifications for a major redevelopment of 25 acres of property in the the neighborhoods of Brush Park and the Eastern Market, with the goal of constructing 500 units of mixed income, multi-family housing. Full Story

Christman Gains Contract For Michigan Supernap

Last week, Switch Communications Group LLC, Las Vegas, Nevada, reported it had picked the Christman Company, Lansing, to provide construction management for its “Supernap Michigan” conversion of the former Steelcase Headquarters campus in Gaines Township, near Grand Rapids. Full Story

Nashville Gets OK To Improve Its WWTP

A finding of no significant impact has been determined by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for a $2,343,000 effort to upgrade wastewater collection and treatment by the village of Nashville.  Full Story

Ontonagon Hospital Scheduled For Major Revamp

Plans are in the process of being finalized for the construction of an 8,210 square foot expansion and renovation of the Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital’s Emergency Department. Full Story

Prairie Arts District Topic Of Wednesday Meeting

Tomorrow a proposed $7.5 million apartment conversion of the former Federal Building downtown will be the focus of a special meeting of the Benton Harbor Planning & Economic Committee. Full Story

Grand Rapids Assists Large Apartment Complex

An effort valued at $48.5 million to build a comp;lex of 287 apartments near the “Medical Mile” neighborhood of Grand Rapids has gotten a boost from the city’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. Full Story

AGC/Michigan Offers Supervisory Training Unit 4

Unit Four of the Associated General Contractors of America’s Supervisory Training Program (STP) will be conducted over three Fridays in March at the AGC of Michigan office in Lansing. Full Story

Historic Lansing Warehouse To Be Renovated

Last Friday the Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority approved a 20 year tax incentive for a developer planning to renovate the long vacant Potter Mill furniture plant and warehouse. Full Story

Genesee County To Update Water Metering System

An effort to modernize water meters and reading systems in 11 townships in Genesee County has received a finding of no significant impact from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Full Story