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With today’s web based technology the sharing of information has never been easier. You don’t have to dig through filing cabinets and blueprint ranks. The Internet makes it convenient to copy huge amounts of information, almost instantanteously. Yet, judging from a bill currently in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been drafting highly costly rules while denying access to the data upon which the rules are based. Thus it can order things to happen without proven and understandable reasons. Remember the battle over Michigan’s adoption of “right to work” laws? A circuit court case to overturn them was not successful so now the battle has been appealed. Yet with unions not up in arms and staying away from touching it during the current political campaign, why even bother? Aren’t we afraid Republicans will be upset? Back in Lansing cost overruns are plaguing renovations to the home of minor league baseball’s Lugnuts. One of the cited reasons is a lack of skilled subcontractors for the project, driving costs up by as much as 27%. This makes us think tomorrow may be coming too quickly to Michigan.  Go To Dragline

Botsford Hospital Discloses Plans For Major Redevelopment

Plans for a $160 million expansion of Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills were unveiled today in a Certificate Of Need letter of intent filed with the state of Michigan.  Full Story

Five February School Bond Proposals Now Posted

Additional school bond projects for 2015, for a total of five, have been scheduled by the Michigan Department of Treasury for the February 24th ballot, bringing the total up to nearly $130.7 million.  Full Story

Clare May Be Michigan’s Next Spot For Walmart

Though plans have not yet been submitted to the city of Clare yet, this week Walmart disclosed its intention to build a 158,000 square foot “supercenter” on an unidentified city site.  Full Story

Detroit To Chicago Passenger Rail Discussed In Dearborn

Though funding for the project has yet to be identified, much less approved by Congress, federal transportation officials are considering the construction of a $2.37 billion to $2.98 billion “high speed” passenger rail line extending from Pontiac through Detroit and on to Chicago, Illinois. Full Story

Packard Square Set To Lift Off In Ann Arbor

This week initial funding of the long delayed Packard Square Project in Ann Arbor was announced, hopefully sending the estimated $53 million development off to a groundbreaking.  Full Story

Subcontractor Killed Wednesday In Trench Collapse

A trench collapse in Grosse Point Woods on Wednesday, October 29th tragically took the life of Leland G. Rumph, 59, owner  of Rumph Construction Inc., Sterling Heights.  Full Story

Royal Oak Grants I-696/Woodward Project An Extension

An extension has been granted by the Royal Oak Downtown Development to the joint venture of Vera Development, Southfield; CG Emerson Real Estate Group, Royal Oak; and Schostak Brothers & Company, Livonia for the development of the vacant I-696 and Woodward Avenue property, from Main Street westerly.  Full Story

Beer Brewery Makes Plans For Bridgman Area Production

The Lake Township Board of Trustees, near Bridgman, this week agreed to an offer for purchasing an old Michigan State Police post to a company that wants to turn it into a beer brewery and pub. Full Story

Old Detroit Fire HQ Gains Support For Hotel Conversion

This week an effort to convert Detroit’s historic and former Fire Department Building into a boutique style hotel garnered a $5.84 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based equity investment.  Full Story

Ford Airport In Grand Rapids Maps Out Project Plans

In approving its capital improvement plan for 2015-2020, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board of Commissioners in Grand Rapids indicated ground for its proposed Consolidated Checkpoint & Marketplace could be broken next year.  Full Story

Yankee Air Museum Gains Deed To Former Bomber Plant

This week the Yankee Air Museum formally announced completion of its purchase from the RACER Trust for of GM’s former Willow Run Powertrain Plant to serve as the museum’s principal building.  Full Story

New Owner To Continue Boss Snow Plow Line

An agreement has been reached to allow the purchase of Boss Products, manufacturer of the Boss Snow Plow in Iron Mountain, by the Toro Company of Minnesota.  Full Story

State Grants To Promote $281 Million In Construction

This week the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of a $50 million skilled trades equipment program for community colleges as well as economic development and community revitalization projects that will generate more than $281.6 million in new capital investment.  Full Story

New McDonald’s Restaurant Planned For Walker

At the Wednesday, November 5th meeting of the Walker Planning Commission site plans for a new McDonald’s Restaurant are scheduled for review.  Full Story

Downtown Grand Rapids Apartment Tower Wins MEDC Help

Local and school tax capture of $6,177,565 approved this week by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is expected to boost the 20 East Fulton Street apartments project, under development by Brookstone Capital of Midland.  Full Story

New Owner Plans Renovation For Ann Arbor’s State Theater

This week the Michigan Theater Foundation, the non-profit group that owns and operates the Michigan Theater of Ann Arbor, finalized its purchase of the nearby State Theater. It’s located at 233 South State Street adjacent to the University of Michigan main campus.  Full Story