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People are getting fed up with the Michigan legislature’s reluctance to provide sufficient revenue for our system of highways, roads, and bridges. When today’s campaign season is over they want legislators to return to Lansing to hammer a viable program out and have it adopted before the end of this year. For encouragement the Michigan Chamber of Commerce has threatened a referendum. Passenger railroad service in Michigan and throughout America has suffered serious deterioration. We’ve heard about it from experts as well as anecdontally from passengers. Between Detroit and Chicago major delays are being caused by passenger trains forced into waiting to keep the tracks clear for freight traffic. It’s a infrastructure problem we may not be able to neglect any longer.  When does a positive public relations program for our construction industry really pay off? When it contradicts bad publicity caused by shysters ripping off home owners with bogus contracts and shoddy work. Finally, are you getting annoyed with the flinging of “facts” during a political debate — “facts” you have no way of confirming, much less placing into appropriate context? For correcting such disregard for the truth a suggestion is being offered.  Go To Dragline

Two Hotels Slated To Rise Near Canton Outlet Mall

Plans were approved last week by the Canton Township Board of Trustees for the construction of two hotels, replacing an old hotel that is soon to be demolished.  Full Story

Ann Arbor Planners To Weigh Woodbury Club Apartments

Tonight starting at 7 pm the Ann Arbor Planning Commission is to review the site plans as well as request for annexation and rezoning for the Woodbury Clubs Apartments complex, involving 282 units. Full Story

New Shopping Center Foreseen In Grand Rapids

Yesterday Lormax Stern Development Company, Bloomfield Hills, announced it had joined a new partnership to take over plans for a retail complex at Knapp Street and East Beltline Avenue NE proposed in Grand Rapids.  Full Story

Corps Of Engineering Prepares To Bid Dredging Contracts

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week posted a modified pre-solicitation saying it will probably requesting bids next month for maintenance dredging contracts on the Great Lakes.  Full Story

CAM Offers More CAMTEC Classes Through November

The Construction Association of Michigan has announced a number of classes to its CAMTEC schedule for November.  Full Story

Grand Rapids Planners To Study Founder’s Brewery Plans

At its Thursday meeting the Grand Rapids Planning Commission is to review the site plan for the expansion of the Founder’s Brewery on property located at 235 Grandville Avenue SW, 248 Williams Street SW, and 231 Bartlett Street SW.  Full Story

Public Hearing Proposed For Traverse City Front Street Project

Last night the Traverse City Commission was expected to approve a November 17th public hearing date for the five story, mixed use development building proposed by Federated Properties LLC at 124 West Front Street.  Full Story

AGC Of Michigan Re-Offers Two Lean Construction Units

On November 11th the Associated General Contractors of Michigan for its “Lean Construction has announced a full day of Lean Construction Classes, with Unit 3: “Lean Work Structuring” in the morning followed in the afternoon by Unit 4: “The Last Planner System.”   Full Story

Toll Brothers Meet With Ann Arbor Planning Commission

The Ann Planning Commission is scheduled tonight to review plans by Toll Brothers, Northville, to develop the Nixon Farm North and South Parcels in Ann Arbor Township for multiple unit residential construction. However the planning commission staff is recommending that annexation be approved with the project’s zoning request and site plans to be delayed.  Full Story

Michigan Flyer Plans Bus Terminal In Lansing Township 

Yesterday Michigan Flyer disclosed plans for redeveloping ten parcels of land in Lansing Township to support its bus service between the state capital and the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Romulus.  Full Story

Chinese Seek International Program At Oxford Twp. School

Plans are firming for a dormitory for international students on the campus of Oxford High School in Oakland County’s Oxford Township. Two public forums have been held and the Oxford Board of Education is scheduled to make a decision about the project at its Wednesday, October 22nd meeting.  Full Story

Planning Comes Together For Proposed Alpena Holiday Inn

At its meeting last night the Alpena City Council considered a request for a Commercial Rehabilitation Exemption Certificate to support the construction of a Holiday Inn Express Hotel. Full Story

Big Rapids Considers Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

Last night the Big Rapids City Commission considered a request to form a brownfield redevelopment authority, in part to deal with the pending demolition of the former Hanchett Manufacturing Building, located at 906 North State Street. Full Story

Beer Company Seeks Alpena Property For Craft Brewery

A brownfield remediation plan is currently being formed by the Alpena Authority for Brownfield Redevelopment to assist the Austin Brothers Beer Company to redevelop a 5.25 acre property at 819 and 821 West Miller Street into a beer brewery and tasting room.  Full Story

Speedway To Gain New Store Building In Grand Rapids

During its regular meeting tomorrow the Grand Rapids Planning Commission is scheduled to review a rezoning request necessary to allow the redevelopment of a Speedway gasoline station. Full Story