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Work begins on new upscale senior living community in West Bloomfield

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Work has begun at the former Ealy Elementary School in West Bloomfield Township, to make room for a $23 million upscale assisted living and memory care senior community.

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Uplifting in store for Hawley Barn in Holly, long term vision on the way

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“It’s not going to fall over on my watch.”

Holly Township Supervisor George Kullis spoke about the Hawley Farm’s large red barn at 13409 North Holly Road. The 14-acre property – complete with two farmhouses, a barn, a chicken coop and an outhouse – had been purchased by the Township for $291,000 in the early 2000s and now is in need of repair and a plan.

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Pinnacle Homes opens Valencia Estates South in Novi

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Bloomfield Hills-based developer Pinnacle Homes today announced the opening of a new single-family residential home community, Valencia South Estates, in Novi. Located at 47458 Alpine Dr., south of 10 Mile and west of Beck Road, the community’s first phase includes 30 lots with new floor plans starting from 3,200 square feet.

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CycleBar Studio expands to Bloomfield Hills in November

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CycleBar, a cycling studio with three others locations in metro Detroit, will be open a new location in Bloomfield Hills in November. The 3,000-square-foot facility will feature classes, in-house and online custom-specific workout data, and instructors.

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Flagstar Bank and Oakland University partner to Deliver actionable economic data to broader audience

Flagstar Bank and the Southeastern Michigan Economic Data Center (SEMEDC), a unit of Oakland University’s business school, have teamed up to expand SEMEDC’s analysis of key economic trends and bring its insights to a broader audience.
 
As the presenting sponsor of the SEMEDC, Flagstar will share the center’s data through its own customer relationships, social, and other media. Flagstar’s sponsorship includes support for research by the university’s undergraduate business students.
 
“Flagstar serves a large and growing base of commercial customers,” said Drew Ottaway, Michigan Market president and managing director of lending for Flagstar. “We’re excited to bring these customers easy access to powerful economic data that they—and the entire business community—can use to drive growth in our local economy.”
 
The economic data center was started by OU Economics Professor Jonathan Silberman, Ph.D., who has developed indices to measure key trends specific to Southeastern Michigan. The SEMEDC looks at trends in the labor market, building permits, vacancies, consumer prices, population, and other categories. Silberman and his students just rolled out a new index focusing on the economic vitality of the region.
 
“The economic vitality index taps into the heartbeat of the economy by combining job growth, unemployment rate, real wage growth, and housing price changes into a single measure of economic vitality that directly impacts households,” Silberman said. “The most recent EVI for metro Detroit shows positive momentum led by housing price gains and a reduction in the unemployment rate. The EVI is available for 19 other cities and a 20-city average.”
 
Through the SEMEDC, Silberman also provides insights on the automotive industry, including timely topics such as Detroit’s lead ranking in autonomous technology patents.
 
About Flagstar
Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: FBC) is a $16.0 billion savings and loan holding company headquartered in Troy, Mich. Flagstar Bank, FSB, provides commercial, small business, and consumer banking services through 99 branches in the state. It also provides home loans through a wholesale network of brokers and correspondents in all 50 states, as well as 85 retail locations in 26 states, representing the combined retail branches of Flagstar and Opes Advisors mortgage division. Flagstar is a leading national originator and servicer of mortgage loans, handling payments and record keeping for $87 billion of home loans representing 402,000 borrowers. For more information, please visit flagstar.com.
 
About SEMEDC
The Southeastern Michigan Economic Data Center (SEMEDC) provides state-of-the-art information and analysis on economic, demographic and business trends in Southeastern Michigan. Data compiled from a wealth of sources is available all in one convenient site. As the real-world data changes, the data and displays are updated automatically, so the information provided is always current. The SEMEDC is part of the School of Business Administration at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

uBreakiFix plans expansion across Metro Detroit

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National technology repair company uBreakiFix, which has opened five metro Detroit stores in just over a year, plans additional expansion in the region in the next two years.

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Ferndale-based barber shop and grooming company expands with new Detroit location

Detroit Barbers, the Ferndale-based barber shop and grooming supplies brand, has expanded. With their first barber shop having opened in Ferndale in 2016, the company has since opened a second location in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood. And with it comes plans for even more expansion.

Detroit Barbers is owned by Royal Oak couple Chad and Jami Buchanan. Upon opening their Ferndale location, the company was met with immediate success, eventually leading to the build out of the second floor of their Woodward Avenue storefront to accommodate more customers. A second location seemed inevitable.

Fans of the Ferndale location can expect the same type of services at the Detroit location. Staples like hot shaves, straight razor shaves, beard trims, hot facials, the latest designs, buzz cuts, haircuts, and kid’s cuts are all available at the new location. With a large two-floor footprint in Corktown, the Buchanans are planning for an apothecary and coffee shop to be built on the second floor later this fall or winter.

"We're extremely excited that the support from the community has allowed us to expand," Chad says. "It's a real loyal and giving client base that's embraced us."

It's a natural progression for the company, he says, and one that's followed the historic corridor of Woodward Avenue, the spine of metro Detroit. It's an easy drive for the company's staff, about half of which will split time between barber chairs at the Ferndale and Detroit locations. The other half has a set clientele base that will keep them where they are.

"It makes it more interesting for them," Chad says. "A little change of scenery."

The Buchanans have more big plans for expansion, built around their employees. The company, which also manufactures different pomades, shave oils, and similar grooming products, will begin manufacturing products based on their employees' wants and needs. Each barber will have the chance to develop and formulate their products.

"These are things that the barbers use on a daily basis," Chad says. "This way they'll get to give their own two cents on how a product holds and smells."

Detroit Barbers in Corktown is located at 2000 Michigan Ave. in Detroit. The original location is located at 23236 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale.

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Thousands of jobs, billions of investment headed for Pontiac, developers say

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Pontiac's leaders say the city is on the verge of making major strides toward a comeback as a major economic hub in Metro Detroit.

The city's resurgence, however, won't be based on an over reliance on auto manufacturing this time, and instead supported by a series of developments and corporate moves diversifying its economy.

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Bluewater in Southfield expands to provide exhibition development

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Southfield-based technology experience company Bluewater has announced the formation of Bluewater Studio, the company’s new environments and exhibition arm. Bluewater Studio will provide clients with an integrated approach to their strategy, creative, development, and production of creative cultural experiences and spaces.

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Michigan ranked second for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness

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An Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness Index compiled by global professional services network PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) ranked Michigan second nationwide behind Georgia based on a weighted score of category and subcategory rankings including labor, infrastructure, industry, economy, cost, tax policy, and geopolitical risk. Rising six rankings after falling to eighth place last year, Michigan’s improvement was attributed to the state’s strong performance in the economy, infrastructure, and cost categories.

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Toyota's commercial truck division builds Novi headquarters

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Toyota's commercial truck division broke ground in Novi earlier this month on a $19 million U.S. headquarters.

Hino Trucks and Hino Motors Manufacturing, which specializes in medium-duty trucks, will consolidate several departments, now based at facilities in Novi and Farmington Hills, after the two-story, 124,000-square-foot building underway on 12 Mile, near Taft, is completed, which is expected to be late next year.

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Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak opens new Emergency Center

Southeast Michigan’s most preferred Emergency Center is expanding to improve its patient and family accommodations and meet the growing need for emergency care. The new Emergency Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, opening Aug. 31, features private rooms in a patient and family-centered environment that better supports Beaumont’s delivery of high-quality emergency care.

The four-phase, 125,000-square-foot, $120.8 million expansion and renovation project will be complete by the end of 2018.  At that time, the Emergency Center will have 73 private adult rooms, 20 semi-private, 10 private behavioral health rooms and 16 private pediatric rooms. During the first phase of the renovation, portions of the former center will remain in use, but 53 new private adult beds will be available for patients. The renovation also includes four expansive trauma care bays and an area offering expedited care for patients with minor injuries and illnesses.

Fifty-four new, private medical observation rooms on the lower level of the center will allow caregivers to monitor, treat and test patients admitted to the Observation Unit. There is also a new rooftop medical helipad for direct, easy access to Oakland and Macomb counties’ only Level I adult trauma center and Level II pediatric trauma center.

Beaumont looked across the country for the best ideas in designing the center, also consulting with patient and family advisors on the new center and its accommodations.

“We wanted to provide a patient and family-centered environment with accommodations and amenities that better support the high-quality emergency care that consumers have come to expect from Beaumont,” said Rosanna Morris, president, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. “The Emergency Center is our front door and is often the first impression patients have of Beaumont. We want their stay in Emergency to be a positive experience.”

Amenities and accommodations in the new center
In the new center, private rooms with glass doors and walls provide quiet accommodations for patients and family members. The center’s “Beau to Go” café offers hot food and refreshments in a family lounge, keeping families closer to patients. Communication boards in patient rooms provide caregiver and plan of care information. Cellphone charging stations are among the amenities recommended by patient and family advisors.

There is natural lighting via skylights and comforting artwork for a healing environment. The entire center is designed to meet the needs of our patients, in particular our senior patients, including contrasting colors, easy-to-read signage, elevated toilets and grab bars.

Growing to meet community need
“When the expansion and renovation is fully complete, we will have doubled the size of the Emergency Center,” said Terry Kowalenko, M.D., chair, Emergency Medicine, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak and Professor and Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. “Emergency patient volume at Beaumont, Royal Oak continues to grow. Since 2011, we have seen a nearly 12 percent increase in patient visits. We are expanding and renovating in phases so that we don’t disrupt care for our community. This means that some patients will continue to be served in the older, existing areas until our renovations are complete at the end of 2018.”

A future phase also includes a newly renovated pediatric emergency center with special accommodations and amenities for children and their families.

Technology and process improvements
Dr. Kowalenko added, “The new center is also designed to bring diagnostic testing closer to or at the bedside to enhance patient comfort and convenience, as well as safety and efficiency of care.”

MRI and CT imaging is located right inside the center and there will be more point-of-care testing available at bedside including portable X-rays, echocardiograms and Doppler ultrasounds to test for blood clots.

Other improved messaging technology allow caregivers to share vital patient information, such as test results, with each other and physician offices.

Beaumont’s construction and design partners in the project include: architect and engineer Harley Ellis Deveraux of Southfield; construction manager Barton Malow of Southfield; and design architect FreemanWhite of North Carolina.

Beaumont’s Royal Oak Emergency Center is among the highest volume centers in the country with 130,902 visits in 2016.
Beaumont Health also offers emergency services at its seven other hospitals in Southeast Michigan and at a freestanding emergency center in Canton.

Auburn Hills wins prestigious urban planning award

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We’re thrilled to report that the City of Auburn Hills has been selected to receive the 2017 Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice by the Michigan Association of Planning for its work on its Age Friendly Action Plan.

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Gifts expand pediatric disease support at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak

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In support of the recent opening of a new Proton Therapy Center at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, the hospital group announced that gifts from two local families will support an expansion of family-centered facilities and services for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and blood disorders at Beaumont Children’s health center.

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Stefanini announces office relocation in Southfield and opens its first innovation center in U.S.

Stefanini, a $1B global IT provider, moved its corporate office in Southfield to a new address: an open-space concept which is more aligned with Stefanini’s values.  The new office reflectsStefanini’s collaborative process and promotes open communication among different departments. In addition to being the headquarters for Stefanini North America and Asia-Pacific, the new Southfield office also boasts the first Innovation Center in the U.S. 

According to Spencer Gracias, CEO of Stefanini North America and Asia-Pacific, the inspiration for the new office was based on making innovation a priority. The company designed an open-space concept with furniture, lights and colors specifically chosen to stimulate creativity, communication and the exchange of new ideasthrough design thinking methodology. “We believe that investing in a more creative and innovative atmosphere is crucial to the environment,” said Mr. Gracias.

First Innovation Center in the U.S.
The innovative culture will be reinforced within the Global Innovation Center, which is located in the same facility. The Global Innovation Centers are part of a worldwide Stefanini initiative that has enabled the company the ability to embrace emerging technologies and industry standards using design thinking methodology. “Through the Innovation Centers, located inBrazil, Romania, Singapore and, now, in the United States, Stefanini is aiming to create value for its customers that earns their lifetime loyalty,” said Mr. Gracias.

In addition to benefiting employees, the new office will reinforce innovation within the community and embrace the company’s partners. “As a result, Stefanini is positioned strongly as a company that views innovation as a priority, enjoying all the benefits of new trends and providing solutions aligned with the specific business needs of its clients,” affirmed Mr. Gracias.
 
The new Stefanini Southfield office address is:
27100 West Eleven Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48034
All of Stefanini’s phone numbers and fax numbers will remain the same. 
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About Stefanini North America
For nearly two decades in the United States, Stefanini has been helping midsize, large and global enterprises increase the efficiency of their IT operations while also leveraging information technology to power their businesses. Our offers include efficient, cost-reducing and effective services (IT infrastructure outsourcing, end-user computing outsourcing, application management services and mainframe modernization). In addition, we offer business-empowering services (mobility, analytics, big data consulting, SAP consulting, SharePoint, portals and collaboration services).  

About Stefanini 
Created in 1987, Stefanini is a $1B global IT provider of business solutions with locations in 39 countries across the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia. With more than 22,000 employees, Stefanini provides onshore, offshore and nearshore IT services, including application development services, IT infrastructure outsourcing (help desk support and desktop services), systems integration, consulting and strategic staffing to Fortune 1000 enterprises around the world. The corporate global headquarters is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the European headquarters in Brussels and the North American headquarters in metropolitan Detroit.

Further information is available on the company’s website, www.stefanini.com.
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