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Rose Cancer Center construction on schedule for winter completion

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Beaumont Health officials said construction is on track to transform the hospital’s Rose Cancer Center.

“The new cancer treatment center canopy and vestibule exterior work is scheduled to complete in mid-October,” Beaumont Construction Project Executive Art Eckert said in an email.

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Michigan's first Best Western Premier Hotel coming to Southfield, new Epicurean Group restaurant

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New Zealand-based Kiwi Hospitality Detroit, which acquired the former Holiday Inn of Southfield last year, will convert the 16-story circular tower along Telegraph Road into the 202-room Best Western Premier Southfield Detroit hotel along with an Epicurean Group restaurant called the Nomad Grill. A top brand in Europe, it will be the first Best Western Premier hotel in Michigan.

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Paradise Park adds banquet facility in Novi

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Paradise Park in Novi continues to expand its offerings to the public.

Its newly-constructed banquet facility offers an additional 5,000 square feet of luxurious event space, with a patio, two fireplaces and a full-service bar, offering the perfect setting for events and socialization. Menu options range from gourmet to casual, with or without private bar service.

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Oxford brewery on track to open this fall

Everything is falling into place for HomeGrown Brewing Company, a brewery we first wrote about in Oct. 2015. The downtown Oxford brewery has announced that it is on its way to a fall opening. Construction is currently underway on the building, the former Veterans Memorial Civic Center on Washington Street.

The brewery has also released its inaugural beer menu including a Cream Ale, Belgian Wheat, Australian-hopped IPA, Brown Ale, and a Stout.
 
The sixth and final beer style on the permanent beer menu is a combination between an Amber- and a Wheat-style beer. John Powers, head brewer and owner of HomeGrown, calls the hybrid beer a Whamber Ale. Its inclusion on the menu is a result of an online poll the company had, asking their fans and Facebook followers which beer should make the permanent menu. The Whamber Ale won.

Powers says the poll was designed to make the craft beer world less exclusive.

"We will absolutely be offering creative experimental seasonal brews, like a chocolate coffee porter in winter and a spiced pumpkin ale in the fall, but our flagship beers will really concentrate on the fundamentals of brewing a solid pint," John says in a statement.

As for the building itself, renovation work on the old Veterans Memorial Civic Center has revealed some historic details hidden away years ago. Original brickwork, wood flooring, and an arched window were all revealed during demolition. Powers says the brewery is working to feature the historic details into their design.

A food menu is also planned, complementing a large dining area, sitting room, and beer garden. An event hall will be upstairs.

HomeGrown Brewing Company is located at 28 N. Washington St. in Oxford.

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Ferndale vegan restaurant expands hours, offers lunch and carry out

The restaurant business is healthy in downtown Ferndale and that's certainly true for GreenSpace Cafe. The plant-based vegan restaurant, which opened its doors for cocktail and dinner service in December of 2015, is now featuring a lunch menu every Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The restaurant is co-owned by Dr. Joel Kahn and his son Daniel, who are focused on offering fresh, non-GMO, and organic ingredients in their plant-based vegan dishes. Even the juices and signature cocktails feature fresh ingredients. Dr. Joel Kahn is a cardiologist and long-time vegan who often performs public speaking engagements, extolling the benefits of healthy eating.

The new GreenSpace lunch menu features some dinner favorites like the house-made nut cheese board and the superfood salad, which includes quinoa, radish sprouts, hemp hearts, and more. Also available for lunch is the farro lentil burger and tomatillo gazpacho and masoor dahl soups.

"The menu will offer the vibrant vegan fare our customers love, including new items along with some of our greatest hits, but more casual, and in lunch-sized portions," says Dr. Joel Kahn.

The GreenSpace menu changes with the seasons. This is because the Kahns shop at local farmers markets for many of their ingredients, shaping the menu around which fresh foods are in season. Cooks avoid excessive amounts of salts, oils, and sugars and don't use kitchen equipment like fryers and microwaves to prepare the dishes. No animal products are used at GreenSpace Cafe. Cocktails are made as healthy as possible, using fruits, botanicals, and raw juices to make the drinks.

GreenSpace Cafe is located at 215 W. Nine Mile Rd. in downtown Ferndale.

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Froude names Novi facility as global headquarters

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Froude Inc., a technology company that creates engine testing systems for the automotive, gas turbine, aerospace, marine, and industrial markets, has named its Novi-based support and manufacturing center as its global brand headquarters.

Froude Engineering Limited, located in Worcester, England, has also been named as a second manufacturing and support center.

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Automation Alley helps startup groups

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Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology business association, has announced it has made investments to support several technology startups across the region.

The tech business association invested $22,000 into QuipzOR, a Bloomfield Hills-based startup that provides a more efficient solution for pre-surgical collaboration between hospitals, physicians and surgical device company representatives.

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TTi Global of Rochester Hills opens auto service center in Afghanistan

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Lori Blaker, President/CEO of TTi Global announced the opening of the firm’s first retail automotive service center and training center in Kabul. The firm has plans of opening additional facilities in Kabul and other major cities throughout Afghanistan.

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Public input sought for downtown Farmington master plan

An update to the Farmington's Downtown Master Plan is imminent. It's the first update since 2009 and the Downtown Master Plan 2016 Steering Team is asking for public input as they seek to improve and grow downtown Farmington.

An online survey requests the opinions of citizens and other stakeholders on a range of topics, from pedestrian safety to business growth, art installations, and public parking. The online survey closes Wednesday, Aug. 10.

For those preferring an informative in-person session, a community gathering and open house will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mike Greer Photography space at 33316 Grand River Ave. on Tuesday, Aug. 9. It's an opportunity for interested parties to get a preview of current design concepts.

Annette Knowles, Farmington's Downtown Development Authority Executive Director, says that the public input stage is important, giving stakeholders and citizens both better understanding and ownership of the process.

Mayor William Galvin, also a member of the Farmington DDA, says that the most recent master plan resulted in real progress. 
 
"Ordinances were updated. Streetscapes were installed. Studies were completed. Now, it’s time to coalesce those resources in a plan that will grow the downtown economy and tax base," he says.

The City of Farmington and the Farmington DDA retained OHM Advisors to complete the master plan. The Livonia-based architecture, engineering, and planning firm has worked on projects throughout the region, state, and country. Recent projects include the redeveloped city hall in nearby Westland and a redesigned freeway interchange at M-52 and 26 Mile Rd.

A 15-member committee of city officials and local stakeholders is supervising the project.

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Automotive group to build new headquarters and tech center in Auburn Hills

The state of Michigan and the City of Auburn Hills beat out South Carolina in a bid for the FEV Group and its 750 jobs. 
 
The German powertrain and vehicle design engineering company will build a new North American headquarters in Auburn Hills. Currently already located in Auburn Hills, the company considered a move to South Carolina before a combination of a grant by Michigan and property tax abatement by Auburn Hills helped to convince FEV Group to build its new state-of-the-art facilities in the city in which it currently resides.

The company employs approximately 500 people at its current Auburn Hills facility. FEV Group will hire an additional 250 employees once the new headquarters is built. The promise of 250 new jobs led the state of Michigan to award the company a $1.2 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

The new building itself will serve not only as a headquarters but also as a tech center and engineering services facility. More than $27 million will be invested in the development.

The FEV Group is just one of several businesses to recently receive incentives from the Michigan Strategic Fund,  which was announced Tuesday, June 28. In total, the businesses receiving incentives are expected to create approximately 878 jobs and $85 million in private capital investments, says the state.

"The commitment by these companies to grow and create jobs in Michigan will strengthen our communities and fuel more and better jobs for our talented workforce," Gov. Rick Snyder says in a statement. "Today’s investments in Michigan and its people show that our efforts are making our state a desirable location for businesses to locate, grow and thrive."

FEV Group was founded in Germany in 1978. The company founded FEV North America in California in 1985 before moving that headquarters to Michigan in 1988.

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Regional development news round-up for June

It's been another busy month for development news in metropolitan Detroit. Let's catch up on some more development stories from the past four weeks.

Small for-profit businesses in the city of Pontiac are being encouraged to apply for Pitch 'N Pontiac, a small business competition that awards cash prizes and pro bono business consulting services. Seven finalists will be selected for a Pitch event on Aug. 31 where the $5,000 grand prize will be awarded as well as $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 29 at 5 p.m. Non-profits and franchises are not eligible for the contest.

Ten Oakland County communities were recognized for their vibrant downtown areas, each receiving perfect "10 out of 10" scores from the National Main Street Center in Chicago. The towns were rated on a range of criteria that included community support and historic preservation. Receiving perfect scores were Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Franklin, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Ortonville, Oxford, and Rochester.

In Wixom, a new facility is being built by TREMEC Corporation, creating 133 jobs and $54 million in total investment. The manufacturer of high-performance vehicle transmissions is receiving a $731,500 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant and the city of Wixom is offering property tax abatement.

Also receiving a Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant is Karma Automotive, which is being awarded $450,000 from the state for establishing an automotive engineering and purchasing hub in Troy. The company, which designs and manufactures luxury hybrid vehicles, will create up to 150 jobs and a $3.6 million investment. The city of Troy is providing the company marketing and promotional assistance as part of the deal.

A Peregrine Falcon chick hatched on the 11th floor of the Old Macomb County Building. Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel named the bird Grace, after his first-grade teacher and as a nod to all educators.

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Community Choice Credit Union adds branches as it grows

Community Choice Credit Union is a financial institution on the rise, and it's plainly visibly from the new branches it's building.

The Farmington Hills-based financial institution opened a new branch, which it calls a member center, in Northville earlier this spring. It's also in the process of building a new branch in Shelby Township that it expects to open in October. There are also plans to build another branch in Canton next year.

"We have to look at where our membership lives and works," says Alan Bergstrom, senior vice president of retail development & chief marketing officer for Community Choice Credit Union. "So we decide to add member centers to make our credit union more convenient and accessible for our members."

Community Choice Credit Union got its start in 1935 and has grown steadily since then. Anyone who lives in Allegan, Genesee, Kent, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Ottawa, St. Clair, Washtenaw, or Wayne counties can become a member. It currently has 75,000 members after adding 19,000 in the last year.

Mergers have made that growth possible. Community Choice Credit Union merged with two smaller credit unions (Nupath and East Side Credit Union) last year, adding a handful of branches and more than 10,000 members. The larger credit union now has 16 branches and a staff of 240 people after adding 60 people last year.

Community Choice Credit Union has also significantly grown its bottom line. It went from being a $570 million credit union last year to an $800 million credit union this year, and it's expecting similar growth this year.

"We have grown pretty rapidly," Bergstrom says.

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

West Bloomfield's Cauley Ferrari to expand and remodel dealership

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West Bloomfield Township-based Cauley Ferrari, the only authorized Ferrari dealership in Michigan, will expand and remodel its store along Orchard Lake Road.

Originally 14,000 square feet, the new facility will cover 51,000 square feet and feature a two-story showroom and expansion of its indoor vehicle storage capacity. Other improvements include a new service write-up aisle, a collision repair center, a detailing center, and an extra indoor vehicle storage area.

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German-based auto supplier invests $15M in engineering complex in Rochester Hills

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Jenoptik, a German-based global automobile manufacturer of metrology and laser machines, has broken ground on a $15 million technology campus in Rochester Hills to better support its engineering, production, sales, and services in North America. The company plans to open the new facility next spring.

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Oakland County gets $600,000 EPA grant to assess and clean up contaminated brownfields sites

Oakland County has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will help local communities assess and clean up brownfields sites for future economic development.

The Assessment, Revolving Loan and Cleanup grants are awarded to communities deemed underserved and economically disadvantaged, including neighborhoods where environmental cleanup and new jobs are most needed. The grant is among more than $55 million awarded to 131 communities across the United States.

“This certainly is a big step for Oakland County,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Unfortunately there are a number of brownfields sites that should have been cleaned up a long time ago. This continues the momentum we’ve begun in developing these sites.”

The county partnered with Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Pontiac and Southfield as well as PM Environmental in seeking the grant. It is the fifth time the county was awarded an assessment grant, which totals $2.85 million, said Bradley Hansen, a business development representative who administers the county brownfields program.

Local developments that have benefited from previous brownfields grants include the Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts in Pontiac ($24 million investment); Emagine Royal Oak Theatre ($14 million investment); and Motor City Harley-Davidson in Farmington Hills ($6 million investment). The funds are expected to last for about three years.

Residential property values near brownfields sites that are cleaned up increased between five and 15 percent and overall property values increase within a one-mile radius, the federal government said. There are an estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites in the United States.?
 
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