Its a jewel of a neighborhood that has held its own for as long as I can remember, good housing stock to boot along with a slip or two for your own boat or rent it out. When I was a kid I used to drop a line in the canal at the end of the street catching little bluegills....those were the days:) If you have the opportunity to buy or rent there jump on it. I'd say that the only detractor to the location is some sketchy parts up closer to Freud and Jeff.
The former AAA Building at 139 Bagley will be demolished supposedly beginning this week. The AAA Building was severely damaged from a fire started by acetylene torch sparks from the cutting of steel beams during the demolition of the Statler Hotel which surrounded the AAA on two sides. Legal disputes kept the property in limbo in the eight years since.
Removal the AAA is seen as a precursor to the construction of Village Green's planned Statler City Apartments which would be built on the block where the Statler Hotel stood and the AAA still stands. Village Green has been given the city-owned portion of the block for one dollar and is in negotiations to obtain the AAA site.
The 2014-15 school year could bring an additional [the first 10% occurring in 2011] 10% wage reduction for DPS employees. And while no schools will close this year, 24 schools will be shuttered beginning in 2015-16.
Among the challenges DPS officials face: The budget they crafted earlier this year included $14.8 million in expected revenues from a county-wide school millage that voters turned down Aug. 5. District spokeswoman Michelle Zdrodowski said in an e-mail that the newplan offers the most conservative projections and estimates available.
In the spirit of other good threads about what we'd like the downtown of 2020 to look like, and what sort of new small businesses are in demand in the city, I wanted to simply list some major employers located outside the City of Detroit who should be targeted for a move to the central city. Some may be more inclined than others. Some may have solid reasons for having a suburban campus, based on what they do. But I feel strongly that many can and should move to the central city, and that such a move-- as with Quicken and Compuware-- grows the pie and changes the growth vectors and perception of the city (it would be nice to boast of having over 10 Fortune 500s in the city) and the region. It goes without saying that each such move would heat up the city's housing market, increase central city population, spur retail development, and increase transit usage/demand (including regional transit). Dan Gilbert has allegedly attracted at least a few other businesses, and he reportedly constantly lobbies others in his local rotary club, so to speak, to come on down. Well, here are some more he can go after, and all of us too, using our collective, if small, influence:
Penske Automotive Group- #194 on Fortune500. Bloomfield Hills. The boss seems invested in changing the city…but his corporate HQ is a missing piece in the equation. TRW Automotive- #165 on Fortune 500. Livonia. Kelly Services- #468 on Fortune 500. Troy. Lear- #177 on Fortune500. Southfield. Masco Corp- #323 on Fortune 500. Taylor. Visteon- #351 on Fortune 500. Van Buren Twp. BorgWarner- #352 on Fortune 500. Auburn Hills. The Detroit Pistons Basketball Club- Auburn Hills (previously Detroit-based). Chrysler Group LLC- Auburn Hills (U.S. HQ)…has opened a small space in Dime Bldg. Flagstar Bank- Troy. Meadowbrook Insuance Group- Southfield. Largest business insurer based in MI.
And then there is this company called Ford.
Thoughts? Additions? Seems to me that many of these companies have impediments, such as owning their 'house' and likely not being able to find a buyer, like Chrysler or the Pistons. Others, who lease, should have more flexibility. Any insight as to which of these companies leases, or owns property that could be easily sold, would help.
WJBK is reporting that the embankment of I-75 in Hazel Park near Nine Mile has collapsed. They had pictures showing exposed underground utilities as well as a service drive that was sagging down toward the freeway.
I think we'll understand the full scope of things tomorrow morning, but I've seen significant flooding reports from many different areas online, especially some of the inner-ring suburbs.
I've got several friends in Huntington Woods that are measuring the water in the basement at 3-4 feet.
My parents in Clawson reported 6-8 inches of water in their basement. My parents also reported that water from higher ground areas was actually coming up out of the sewers into their streets. Also in Clawson, I'm seeing a lot of pictures of folks with water up to their houses.
I have several friends that work in Detroit and live in Troy and Lake Orion. They reported it took five hours to get home.
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