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In Dragline’s Bucket

Why must political debate be so trivial? Especially when it comes to the federal “gas tax” which is, in 36reality, a “consumption tax” that’s essentially a “user fee?” A banal discussion of it is coming up in the chase for our state’s open U.S. Senate seat. It’s being conducted in a manner damaging to the general public’s understanding of a very complicated issue. We’ve been critical of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new rule for carbon dioxide emissions from coal fired power plants, and for good reason. A group of attorney generals for 13 states has discovered it lacks supporting data, as required by the Clean Water Act. A study by the American Institute of Architects has identified a troubling trend among just degreed young architects. They’re starting to resist taking the Architect Registration Examination. Finally, a computer engineering graduate points to a major flaw in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.  Go To Dragline


In honor of Labor Day this coming Monday, and to give our Editor a rest, there will be no Tuesday, September 2nd edition of Michigan Construction News.  We will return to our normal Tuesday and Friday publicat-tion schedule on Friday, September 5th. Have a great holiday, watch the Labor Day parade, try to get a baseball game in, and remember foot-ball practice. Not to forget family, friends, Mom, and hot apple pie!

Bidding Plans Discussed For Red Wings Arena 

Yesterday a “jobs summit” was conducted for firms interested in working on the new Detroit Red Wings Arena development, with another meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 9th. Full Story


Bosch To Double Size Of Plymouth Tech Center

A ceremonial groundbreaking was conducted this week for a planned expansion of the Robert Bosch Technical Center in Plymouth Township. It’s to involve an addition that will effective double the existing facilities size, at a total cost of $40 million.  Full Story


Toyota Discloses Expansion Plan For R&D Center 

 This week Toyota announced a major expansion of its technical center, located near Ann Arbor in York Township.  Full Story


CREW To Present Impact Awards At September 17th Lunch

CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Detroit has relocated its prestigious Impact Awards Luncheon to the Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit, where on Wednesday, September 17th, it will recognize three developments from 2014.  Full Story


Flagstar Bank Proposes New Branch For Ann Arbor Site

Site plans and a special exception use request have been submitted to the Ann Arbor Planning Commission for the construction of a branch bank building for Flagstar Bank.  Full Story


Missile Defense System Studied For Fort Custer Site

This week public meetings were held by the U.S. military on a $700 million effort to build a ballistic missile defense system, with Fort Custer Training Center on the proposed site list. Full Story


‘Bobville’ Project Concept Grows A 20 Story Tower

According to a revised concept presented this week to the Grand Rapids City Council, the proposed expansion of the B.O.B. (aka, the “Big Old Building,”) will now include a 20 story residential tower. Full Story


MEDC Offers Its Support To $148 Million In Projects

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has announced Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) approval of economic development and community revitalization projects that in total will generate nearly $148 million in  capital investments in Southeast Michigan. Full Story 


MSU Trustees Asked To Consider Three Projects

At its meeting today the Michigan State University Board of Trustees is to consider three construction projects. Full Story


Felch St. Condo Project Makes Progress in Ann Arbor

In the wake of a public hearing a rezoning request was filed with the city of Ann Arbor this week for a multi-unit housing development for a property located at 221 Felch Street.  Full Story


Cherry Capital To Showcase Housing And Office Project

A presentation of conceptual drawings has been slated for the September 8th meeting of the East Hills Council of Neighbors in Grand Rapids for a $10-15 million condominium project proposed by Cherry Street Capital LLC, also of Grand Rapids.  Full Story


Detroit Seeks Redevelopment Of Historic Brewster Center

A request for proposals and qualifications has been issued and updated by the city of Detroit for the redevelopment of the former Brewster Recreation Center.  Full Story


Four Story Apartment Building Slated For Downtown Lansing

Investors Equity Group of Lansing has been granted a zoning change by the city of Lansing necessary for constructing a four story apartment building on a property bordering the downtown area.  Full Story:


Revamping Scheduled For Historic Grand Rapids Building

A $3.5 million plan to renovate and improve the 124 year old building at 25 Ottawa Street SW, across the street from the Van Andel Arena was announced this week in Grand Rapids. Full Story


Westland Strip Mall Wins City OK For Improvements

This week the Westland City Council approved 12 years of property tax relief to support $2 million in renovations to the Hunter Retail Center on the northwest corner of Hunter and Wayne Roads. Full Story