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In Dragline’s Bucket

As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives has adopted a continuing resolution to extend government operations into December. The rest of our government indicates, by the time you read this, it will be signed by the President. While we’re relieved Washington, D.C., won’t be shutting down at the end of this month, is this a good way to run our country? Lurching from quarter to quarter with no long term programs in sight? Speaking of long term, word has just arrived that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the reactor design designated for DTE’s proposed $10 billion Fermi III nuclear power plant. The utility has been quietly showing signs it may make a final decision about the project next year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Consumers Energy has signed an agreement to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. It calls for the utility to make a considerable investment in new air pollution control equipment. Finally our nation’s architects are assembling a consortium to research how good design can affect public health. Can it really? Or is that too much to ask?  Go To Dragline

McLaren May Yet Build Independence Township Hospital

This week State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardson (R-Monroe) introduced SB 1073, legislation to allow McLaren Health Care to construct the 200 bed hospital intended as the second phase of its McLaren Health Care Village in Independence Township.  Full Story

Historic Grand Rapids Factory To Provide Apartment Space

An application for brownfield tax credits has been filed in Grand Rapids for a proposal to convert an historic factory building into apartments, and build another apartment building across the street as part of the same complex.  Full Story

Chinese Wheel Manufacturer To Invest In Greenville

Diecast North America Inc., a unit of a Chinese based firm, has reached an agreement to renovate and use former United Solar buildings in Greenville for the production of aluminum wheels for automobiles.  Full Story

CAM Unveils New Self-Funded Medical Program For Members

On Wednesday the Construction Association of Michigan introduced a new, Small Group Self-Funded Medical Program for its members.  Full Story

Holland Preparing To Launch Power Plant Project

The Holland Board of Public Works this week approved modifications to engineering contracts for its $200 million natural gas fired electrical power plant project, for which ground is expected to be broken in March.  Full Story

MEDC Offers Loan For Sackner Building Project In Grand Rapids

Approval of a $1.7 million loan from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation this week is expected to give plans for a $21.7 million conversion of a historic factory into apartments a boost. However, a timetable for the project has yet to disclosed.  Full Story

Costco Contractor Taking Bids For Van Buren Township Center

Bidding is being received until next Tuesday, September 23rd, by Jackson Dean Construction of Seattle, Washington, for the construction of a new Costco Distribution Center in Van Buren Township.  Full Story

An Introduction To BIM To Be Provided Next Month

On Friday, October 24th,  the Associated General Contractors of Michigan will again be offering a day-long introductory course in Building Information Modeling. It’s open to both AGC-M members and non-members.  Full Story

Downtown Grand Rapids Apartment Tower Back On Track

With the approval of tax credits, plans for a 14 story apartment tower proposed for a site at 20 East Fulton Street in Grand Rapids have been revived by Brookstone Capital of Midland.  Full Story

Mercy Health Muskegon Slows Down $220 Million Project

Officials of Mercy Health Muskegon this week said a proposed $220 million expansion of its Muskegon campus will be delayed, with plans now calling for starting the Michigan Certificate of Need (CON) process postponed until sometime next year.  Full Story

Lansing Has Been Taking Hard Looks At Its School Buildings

As part of a long term planning process, the board of education for the Lansing School District this week received a consultant’s report estimating high costs for renovating two high school buildings and a middle school.  Full Story

Michigan’s Elevator Safety Board Members Are Named

Yesterday Governor Rick Snyder announced the appointments of Douglas Datema, Terri Flint, Brett Karl, and Michael Vandervennet, and the reappointment of David Kuras to the Elevator Safety Board. Full Story

CMU Okays Phase Two Of Medical School Construction

Yesterday the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees authorized a $12 million renovation and construction to adapt structures on the St. Mary’s of Michigan medical campus in Saginaw for the second phase of its College of Medicine.  Full Story

MEDC Helps To Support $419 Million In New Development

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of issuance of bonds for the new events center in Detroit, as well as renewal of the State Trade and Export Program, and state incentives to 11 business expansions and community improvement projects around the state. The projects are expected to generate more than $419 million in new investments.  Full Story

Plum Market Plans Outlined To Ann Arbor Audience

Speaking Wednesday at a public meeting, Matt Jonna, president of Plum Market, said the grocery store he’s planning for the north side of Ann Arbor will include an outdoor seating area and a Zingerman’s coffee bar.  Full Story

Auto Supplier Plans New Factory In The Lansing Area

Writing to Windsor Township near Dimondale in an application for rezoning, Magna America RE Holdings LLC has disclosed early planning for a 200,000 square foot facility. It’s under consideration for a 60 acre site near the intersection of Lansing and Creyts roads.  Full Story