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In Dragline’s Bucket

It’s strange how enthusiasm can so quickly chill. A movement to provide additional major credits to support “transformational brownfield plans” appears to have suddenly lost momentum. We think it’s because people are wising up to its potential for spawning unpredicted trouble. We condemned the program the first time we learned about it, based on a government study of its legislative language. Stepping from Lansing to Washington, D.C., we find it ironic that well deserved aid for the city of Flint, to deal with its drinking water contamination, is hanging up adoption of the U.S. budget for fiscal year 2017. Flint’s need is so apparent, with thousands of its children showing lead contamination in their blood, that you’d think Congress would immediately saddle up and come to its rescue. Finally there are rumors coming out of Lansing that Governor Rick Snyder has drafted a major rewrite of Public Act 51. Reportedly he’s trying to change the way transportation tax revenues are distributed in Michigan. Go To Dragline

WSU Signs P3 For Major Student Housing Plan


Last Friday the Wayne State University board of governors approved a public-private partnership (P3) with Corvias Campus Living, East Greenwich, Rhode Island, to demolish, renovate, and build student housing on its campus, as well as manage it for 40 years. Full Story

October 4th Hearing Planned For Dargaworks Project

At its October 4th meeting the Traverse City Planning Commission is slated to conduct a public hearing on a rezoning request to enable a mixed use development to rise near the city’s warehouse district. Full Story


AIA Detroit Hands Gold Medal To Cobb

Last Thursday, during its 2016 “Celebration of Architecture” at Detroit’s Eastern Market, the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented its gold medal to Alan Cobb, president and chief executive officer for Albert Kahn Associates Inc., Detroit. Cobb was honored for his 40 year career in architecture and service on numerous committees for Detroit, on the state level in Michigan, and national level in Washington, D.C., promoting the AIA’s goals. Full Story

Hospital Plan Nearly Doubles For Adrian Area

Last week ProMedica, based in Toledo, Ohio, announced major expansion of its plans for a new hospital in Adrian Township, increasing its size from 145,000 to 280,000 square feet. Full Story

Charlevoix Taking A Focused Look At Its Schools

Starting at 6:30 pm on October 5th, the board of education for Charlevoix Public Schools will be conducting a public meeting on the results of a facility study of the district’s buildings. Full Story

Woodbridge Estates Project Out For Bids

Woodbridge-Phase IX

With an October 18th, 2 pm, bid date. bidding is underway for the Woodbridge Estates  Phase IX Senior Apartments in Detroit, under construction management provided by Slavik Building & Development, of Detroit. Full Story

EJ To Build New Foundry In Warner Township

Late last week, EJ — the 133 year old company known once known as the East Jordan Iron Works — announced plans to build a new foundry about  13 miles from its East Jordan headquarters, in Warner Township, near Antrim County’s Elmyra Township. Full Story

Hearing Coming Up For Munson Medical Tower

At its October 4th meeting the Traverse City Planning Commission is to conduct a public hearing for a proposed ten story tower to serve as the new Family Birthing And Children’s Center for the Munson Medical Center. Full Story

NMU Names Its Two Top Project Proposals

In approving its general fund operating budget last week, the board of trustees for Northern Michigan University disclosed plans for two important construction projects in its capital outlay plan. Full Story

Catholic Elementary School Planned In Traverse City

A new elementary school is being proposed in Traverse City by the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools. It’s expected to rise adjacent to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on a site addressed as 218 Vine Street. Full Story

Public Meeting Expected For Wenonah Park

A public meeting on the proposed master plan for the future development of Bay City’s Wenonah Park is expected to be held next month, following a planning session conducted last Friday. Full Story

Farmington’s Maxwell Training Center Is Sold

Last week Farmington Public Schools approved the sale of the former Maxwell Training Center to AC Acquisitions, llc, Southfield, for $1.2 million. Full Story

Charlevoix Community Pool Plans Renovations

The Charlevoix Area Community Pool will be conducting an October 5th meeting focusing on plans to renovate the 20 year old pool facility. Full Story

Otsego Hospital Planning Major Upgrades

The public portion of a capital campaign financing the construction of $13.1 million in renovation and expansion at the Otsego Memorial Hospital kicked off last week in Gaylord. Full Story

Improvements Coming Next Year To Camp Sea-Gull

During 2017 Hayes Township in Charlevoix County is expected to conduct a considerable number of improvements to its Camp Sea-Gull Park, bordered by Lake Charlevoix. Full Story

Suttons Bay Schools Considering Rec Center

Conceptual planning for a recreation center for Suttons Bay Public School is now turning toward a $14 million concept for renovating portion of the district’s middle school. Full Story

WSU To Start Design Of Hilberry Gateway Complex

At its September 23rd meeting the board of governors of Wayne State University authorized the university president to award contracts to commence the design of the Hilberry Gateway Performance Complex. Full Story