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History & Economy: Communities Consider Dixie Hwy. Potential

August 14th 2017

History & Economy: Communities Consider Dixie Hwy. Potential (Crystal A. Proxmire, Aug. 14, 2017) Groveland Township, MI – An expert historic road preservation planner from Washington DC visited Oakland County at the beginning of August to take a look at the Dixie Highway corridor to share his views on how smart development could take place. […]

Entrepreneurs Invited to Bid on County Contracts, Use Business Resources

August 10th 2017

Entrepreneurs Invited to Bid on County Contracts, Use Business Resources (Crystal A. Proxmire, Aug. 10, 2017) Waterford, MI – Oakland County is open for business and a workshop Wednesday shared the multiple ways that county government can help local businesses succeed. From helping people get into the system for County contracts, to sharing free and […]

More Middle Housing Choices Coming to Ferndale

May 25th 2017

Part I: More Housing Choices Are Coming to Ferndale (Ferndale Mayor Pro Tem Melanie Piana, May 25, 2017, orig. May 18, 2017 at Meltropolis.com) Housing for All Ferndalians & Income Levels This is a two part blog post on the development growth spurt and new housing in Ferndale. In Part One: I explore why new […]

Ferndale Earns “Revelopment Ready” Certification

May 19th 2017

Ferndale Earns “Revelopment Ready” Certification (Crystal A. Proxmire, May 16, 2017) Ferndale, MI – Although Ferndale has been following “Redevelopment Ready” principles for years, they officially have joined the list of cities certified by the State of Michigan’s Economic Developmnent Corporation. After a rigorous process of evaluation, planning and implementing best practices, the moment of […]

Info Meeting on Taft School Property Redevelopment in Ferndale May 25

May 16th 2017

Info Meeting on Taft School Property Redevelopment in Ferndale May 25 (EVENT page) Ferndale, MI – Robertson Homes is hosting a meeting for those interested in learning more about proposed plans at the Taft School property which they purchased from Ferndale Schools.  The meeting will be on Thursday, May 25 between 6p-7pm at Ferndale Library, […]

Neighborhoods: Placemaking’s Building Blocks Symposium June 6

April 21st 2017

Neighborhoods: Placemaking’s Building Blocks Symposium June 6 (EVENT page) Birmingham: Announcing a symposium on Neighborhoods: Placemaking’s Building Block June 6 at the Birmingham Community House. Maurice Cox, the Planning Director for the City of Detroit, is our keynote speaker. Mr. Cox will discuss his recent master plans for Detroit’s neighborhoods, including his theory on “20-Minute […]

MML#6 – The Future of DDA and TIF Funding

April 13th 2017

MML#6 – The Future of DDA and TIF Funding (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 13, 2017) Lansing, MI – There are 640 TIF Authorities through the state, and sometimes their value gets questioned when budgets get tight.  As the Michigan Legislature discusses potential change to the Downtown Development Authority Act and other Tax Increment Funding (TIF) […]

Madison Heights and Orchard Lake Join One Stop Ready Program

March 27th 2017

Madison Heights and Orchard Lake Join One Stop Ready Program (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 27, 2017) Madison Heights, MI and Orchard Lake, MI  – Madison Height is now the 22nd city to join the One Stop Ready Program offered through Oakland County, closely following Orchard Lake who signed on last week. The program helps cities […]

MML#1 – Working Towards Complete Streets

March 23rd 2017

MML#1 – Working Towards Complete Streets (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 21, 2017) Lansing, MI – Civic leaders came together Tuesday to learn about topics important to local governments including “Complete Streets.” Representatives of Ferndale, Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo sat on a Michigan Municipal League’s Capitol Conference panel Tuesday to share what successes their communities have […]

Apartments planned for Main Street and I-696 in Royal Oak

March 16th 2017

Apartments planned for Main Street and I-696 in Royal Oak Royal Oak, MI – The odd-shaped lot at Main Street and I-696 in Royal Oak could soon house a five-story building with apartments, retail and parking, in a development called SoMa.  On Tuesday, the Royal Oak Planning Commission approved a special land use and site […]