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In Dragline’s Bucket

Ignoring the hyperventilating drama of Brexit, in this Dragline we turn to recent developments in construction labor law. The first has to do with restrictions placed on employers who need to hire permanent replacement workers because of a strike. Those who work for a regular paycheck may believe employers should be prevented from ever doing so. But, as we’ve run our own business for going on 13 years now, we more fully appreciate an employer’s perspective. A system of checks and balances regarding strikes has been in place since 1938; why should it be unraveled? Meanwhile, in remanding a case concerning the new overtime ceiling recently established by the Obama Administration, the U.S. Supreme Court has questioned the process upon which the rule change was made. It may have been inappropriate. Finally, an expansion of what constitutes a “joint employer” by the National Labor Relations Board is being challenged in the U.S. Court of Appeals. In our view the new definition seems to be a snare designed to trap the unwary. Go To Dragline

Hinman Proposes 40 Story Grand Rapids Tower

Last Friday Hinman Company, a developer, property manager, and leasing firm headquartered in Portage, disclosed plans for a $90 million tower that can become the tallest building in Grand Rapids. Full Story:

AIA Sees Upswing In Its May ABI Survey

During May the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) compiled by the American Institute of Architecture rose from April’s reading of 50.6 to 53.1. Design contracts fell from 54.3 to 52.8.  Full Story

Ann Arbor’s State Theater To Gain Improvements

Plans for a major renovation of the historic State Theater at 233 South State Street near the University of Michigan campus were filed yesterday with the Ann Arbor Planning Commission.  Full Story

Marquette Township OKs Meijers Preliminary Plan

Last week the Marquette Township Planning Commission approved the preliminary site plan for a Meijer store and gasoline station complex to be built near the intersection of US-41 and Brickyard Road. Full Story

Kalamazoo College Prepares For New Natatorium

While the project location has changed, fundraising is continuing for a new natatorium at Kalamazoo College. Full Story

Monroe Officials Promote Fire Station Bond

Another public tour of Monroe’s existing Central Fire Station is to be held on July 16th as part of an explanation for an August 2nd bond proposal to finance a new one. Full Story

Alpena’s Water Plant’s Ceiling Fails

When workers arrived at the drinking water treatment plant for Alpena on State Avenue last week, they were in for an unwelcome surprise. Full Story

Love’s Travel Stop Delayed For Holland Township

Though it missed a May 16th deadline established by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for a wetlands mitigation permit, last week officials at Love’s Travel Stop said they are still interested in building a truck stop  in Holland Township. Full Story

Traverse City Reviews Workforce Housing Wednesday

Another open house meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 29th, on the master plan on workforce housing called Envision Eighth Street, on Eighth Street between Union and Barlow Streets, in Traverse City. Full Story

Seawall To Be Built On Stony Point Peninsula

The Frenchtown Township Resort Authority District in Monroe County has begun planning for a 2,200 foot long seawall to protect the shoreline along the Nelson Road side of the Stony Point Peninsula, jutting into Lake Erie. Full Story

Berrien County Jail Design Gets Underway

Early conceptual planning has begun on a currently estimated $5 million in improvements to the Berrien County Jail, with Bill Wolf, the jail administrator, saying nothing’s been locked in yet.  Full Story

Donations Accepted For New Marquette Beacon House

With a $150,000 pledge from former Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci, a capital campaign for a new Beacon House in Marquette has been launched. Full Story

St. Clair Shores OKs Senior Center Work

Last week the St. Clair Shores City Council approved the site plan for an expansion and renovation of the city’s Senior Activities Center expected to cost approximately $1.7 million. Full Story

Jim Brady’s Coming To Downtown Ann Arbor

Documents were filed yesterday with the Ann Arbor Planning Commission for a Jim Brady’s Detroit Restaurant at 209 South Main Street. Full Story

Sports Complex Plan Nixed By Macomb Township

Last week the Macomb Township Board of Trustees rejected a rezoning request from a conditional zoning request filed by a township firm — Elite Sports Ventures llc — for a sports complex to be built in three phases. Full Story