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There’d be more to be grateful for on Thanksgiving if Congress had completed its job of passing a six year federal transportation program. It hasn’t — the legislation is tied up in conference committee — and though more forecasts of quick resolution are being made, we doubt them. All of them. The funding process of both measures are too complicated and it’s still undecided if the final measure will finance a full six years of construction. We also should not lose sight that, whatever the committee finally decides, it will not be enough to meet our nation’s transportation infrastrucure needs. Returning to a township near Grand Rapids, the general news media is still buzzing about Switch’s plans for spending $5 billion over a ten year period for a data center to be called Michigan SuperNap. Will  the tax concessions it wants from our state make it a good deal? Maybe, but can we trust Switch to live up to its promises? The “technical” objections being deployed by opponents to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Utah continue to strike us as most absurd. The need for the depository is as obvious as ever, as is its safety, but it’s still not stopping people from astoundingly dire conjectures.  Go To Dragline

Daimler To Invest $375 Million In Redford Plant

Last Friday Daimler Trucks announced plans to invest in its Redford Township plant — formerly operated by Detroit Diesel — to allow the production of diesels for medium sized trucks. Full Story

Office Building Plan Stalled In Royal Oak

At a special November 30th meeting the Royal Oak City Commission is expected to examine a delay it ordered for the development of an office building planned for a surface parking lot. Full Story

Early Planning For Houghton Arena Is Underway

The governing board of the Houghton County Arena — the Portage Lake Multi-Educational Services Inc. — has started a facilities study with an eye on modernizing the building. Full Story

Meetings Scheduled On Central UP Planning

Public meetings are scheduled for the end of this month and the beginning of the next on regional planning for the Central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Full Story

Spring Hill Suites Proposed Near Benton Harbor

A special meeting is to be conducted Monday, November 30th, by the Benton Township Planning Commission near Benton Harbor to consider a rezoning request for a proposed Marriott Spring Hill Suites hotel. Full Story

Detroit’s Lee Plaza Center Of Major Redevelopment

A plan for the renovation of the nearly gutted Lee Plaza Residential Hotel in Detroit, as part of an estimated $200 million redevelopment of it and other buildings near it, was announced last week by its developer, Craig Sasser. Full Story

Former Flint Amusement Park To Be Redeveloped

A 24 acre portion of the former Pirate’s Park amusement park in Flint Township is being considered by a Farmington Hills developer for repurposing. Full Story

Safety Leadership Conference Convenes December 2nd

The Construction Association of Michigan (CAM,) in partnership with the Greater Detroit Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE,) will be presenting their 2015 Safety Leadership Conference on Wednesday, December 2nd. Full Story

Ann Arbor Weighs Improvements To Farmers’ Market

The city of Ann Arbor is developing conceptual plans for improvements to its farmers’ market in its Kerrytown neighborhood, including an enclosed vendor building along Fourth Avenue. Full Story

Detroit’s Hudson’s Site May Soon Be Redeveloped

The potential for redevelopment of the former site of the J.L. Hudson’s department store in downtown Detroit saw a rise last week, with news of Dan Gilbert having an interest in acquiring the underground garage presently in operation there. Full Story

Cass County Courthouse Project Meetings Slated

A series of five public meetings have been scheduled, each for the first Monday of the month starting in December, concerning plan development for the renovation of the former Cass County Courthouse in Cassopolis. Full Story

Mt. Pleasant Schools Looking At Facility Woes

Discussion of how to provide sufficient classroom space to a growing population of elementary school students is expected to dominate the December 7th meeting of Mt. Pleasant’s Board of Education. Full Story

Detroit City Council Reviews Michigan Vets New Home

Having sold its property to make way for Detroit’s Red Wing Arena project, the Michigan Veterans Foundation is seeking to build a new headquarters on a triangular site it purchased last year from Detroit Public Schools. Full Story

Miles Of Golf Plans Improvements For 2016

A Class C liquor license has been approved by Pittsfield Township for a $2 million improvement project at the Miles Of Golf facility. Full Story

MEDC Supports Downtown Redevelopment

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of a business expansion and three community revitalization projects that will generate nearly $2.5 million in total investment. Full Story