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New visitor center and administrative building break ground at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford estate

A groundbreaking was held at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 14. The event celebrated the construction of two new buildings on the grounds of the historic estate and drew officials from the organization, architects from the SmithGroupJJR, and members of the Ford family.

The Grosse Pointe Shores estate, built in 1927 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2016, was once the home of Ford Motor Company magnates Edsel and Eleanor Ford. Today it serves as an education and arts center on the shore of Lake St. Clair.

The groundbreaking kicked off the construction of two new buildings on the site, a 40,000 sq. ft. visitor center and a 17,000 sq. ft. administrative building. The buildings were designed with sustainability in mind, with the administrative building designed to LEED Platinum standards and the visitor center designed to LEED Gold standards.

The administrative building is on track to become a net-positive energy building, says Vice President of Communications for the estate, Ann Fitzpatrick. The excess energy produced would then be re-directed to the new visitor center.

"We kind of outgrew our original visitor center. We were always bumping into each other. It limited our offerings," says Fitzpatrick. "This is going to allow us to expand our programming with an improved environment. The new restaurant alone is going to be its own attraction."

The new restaurant, which will face Lake St. Clair and offer outdoor seating in the warm weather months, is just one of the planned improvements. A new visitor center means more room for historic exhibitions and art shows. And a new administrative building allows staff to move their offices from the historic estate, allowing for the preservation of said building.

This construction is phase two in the implementation of a site master plan developed in 2012. Infrastructure upgrades, including improvements to the stormwater runoff and electrical systems, were completed in 2015.

The new administrative building and visitor center are on track to be completed by spring 2019.

The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is open to visitors during construction. It is located at 1100 Lake Shore Rd. in Grosse Pointe Shores.

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Barn for sale: Oakland County seeks buyer for historic Ernst Barn

A barn that dates back to the 1850s -- and possibly even older -- is for sale in Oakland County.

The Ernst Barn, so named because of its location on the former Ernst Greenhouse property at Waterford Oaks County Park, is the subject of a Request for Proposals put out by Oakland County Parks and Recreation. 
 
No longer equipped to continue caring for the historic building, OCPR is looking for someone that can give the barn the attention that it deserves.

In considering proposals, OCPR Executive Officer Dan Stencil says that his department wants to find a buyer committed to restoring the barn and, ideally, one that could keep it in Waterford, or at least in Oakland County.

"The barn is part of our agrarian history," says Stencil. "Historically, there have been a lot of farms in Oakland County, and it's important to have assets like these preserved."

The RFP has already received several inquiries, he says, and could result in the barn being repurposed for commercial uses, restored as a storage facility, or something else entirely.

"The sky's the limit on how an asset like this can be re-purposed."

The barn is in relatively good shape, considering its age, and holds up structurally. It's a two-story barn believed to be built in the Antebellum period, in the year 1850 or even earlier. It mixes two early barn architectural styles, the English barn style, the first type of barn to be built in the United States, and the Bank barn style, a Midwestern offshoot of the English style.

"It's important that Oakland County residents understand where we came from so we can better understand where we are going," Stencil says.

Interested parties can email Andy J. Krumwiede at krumwiedea@oakgov.com for more information on the Ernst Barn. RFPs are due mid-September.

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Welcome to downtown... Southfield? It's coming

An RFP is due for developers this Friday, April 21, to transform the city of Southfield. 
 
Southfield is seeking to transform an 8.15-acre parcel into a pedestrian-friendly, traditional downtown, something the city has never seen. Planned in the middle of the 20th century, Southfield embodies a suburban era of design where cities were built for the automobile and not people.

Terry Croad is Director of Planing for the City of Southfield. Since joining the city in 2010, he's made it his mission to help transform the city center into a more urban, walkable destination. 
 
He started with a series of small steps; things like filling in gaps in the sidewalk around the municipal center, making Evergreen Road more pedestrian friendly, and installing bike racks and improved bus stops. The increased pedestrian activity from those efforts has helped convince city leaders that a change was possible and vital for Southfield.

"It wasn't an easy sell five to seven years ago," says Croad. "But the improvements made over the last couple of years have changed many of the naysayers and doubters into believers."

The RFP put out calls for the construction of EverCentre, a high-density, mixed-use district that incorporates a pedestrian-friendly Complete Streets infrastructure at the corner of Evergreen Road and Civic Center Drive. 
 
Plans call for multiple-story buildings of mixed residential and office use with retail on the ground floor, creating a more traditional downtown setting complete with a streetwall built right up to a sidewalk filled with outdoor seating. There's also plans for a new park with entertainment programming among its features.

That's not all Croad and his team are working on. Southfield is launching a bike share program by mid-to-late June, with 22 bikes spread out over five to seven locations, including the municipal center and Lawrence Tech campuses. A bike and greenway trail is also being built, with landscaping to be installed this spring. The trail will run along Northwestern Highway. Croad likens it to the High Line Park in New York City.

"We're in competition for young talent," says Croad. "Entrepreneurs used to locate around natural resources and transportation centers. Now they go to where the human resources are, where people want to be."

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Coffee, groceries and high-end condos: Regional development news round-up for August

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.

The Red Dot Coffee Company, a family-owned coffee shop, celebrated its grand opening in Northville this month. Located in an old house at 505 N. Center St., Red Dot buys its coffee beans from Mad Cap Roasting Company in Grand Rapids. Co-owner Arlita Ibach tells the Observer & Eccentric newspaper, "We weigh out our beans and grind them at specific settings based on the type of coffee and amount of humidity throughout the day to make sure that we consistently have high-quality coffee."

The historic Rochester Elevator Co. building has stood in the same spot in downtown Rochester for 136 years but that all could change soon as developers seek to build a new condominium building on its site. 42 condominiums priced between roughly $500,000 and $1 million make up the Residences at Water Street development, which would replace the Elevator building. The team of developers has been in talks with the city to disassemble and reassemble the historic building at a site of the city's choosing. The developers would pay for the project.

Westborn Market opened its fourth grocery store, this one in an old post office building in downtown Plymouth. The repurposing of the old post office preserves the building, which dates back to 1935. Westborn is a Michigan-based grocer and is big on Michigan-based products, purchasing its produce from Eastern Market nearly every day of the week. Among the historic building features preserved include original wood and terrazzo flooring, post-office boxes, woodwork, and the Plymouth History mural by Carlos Lopez.

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Future of Northland Center in Southfield to be discussed at public meeting

Concerned citizens and curious onlookers alike are invited to attend a public input meeting for the redevelopment of the Northland Center site in Southfield. 
 
The shuttered mall—once America's largest—is scheduled to come down and a new development is expected to rise in its place. The public input meeting is to allow residents the opportunity to let the city and developers hear their opinions on what should happen with the 114-acre site.

The public input meeting is being held Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Southfield Public Library Auditorium, located at 26300 Evergreen Rd. A similar forum was held June 22.

Northland Center is sentimental for many across metro Detroit. The mall, which opened in 1954 and closed in 2014, had many features in addition to the stores, including unique works of art and even a nuclear fallout shelter. One of those works, the Boy and the Bear, was saved by a fundraising campaign that received more than $55,000 in donations.

Jerry Naftaly, a former mayor of nearby Oak Park who says that, during his childhood, the mall was his family's downtown, wrote a book about Northland Center. In an interview published in July, he told Metromode's Maureen McDonald that, "The last mall manager took me on a tour of the tunnels that once served as pathways for truck deliveries to Northland stores, including places for storage and 484 rooms of varied sizes. There were old mannequins, computer junk, purses and shoes, and an anonymous letter from a guy who squatted a month down under the mall." 
 
The tunnels and the bomb shelter on the lowest level will add to the demolition cost, which the city estimates at $8 to $10 million.
 
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Representatives from architecture, engineering, and planning firm OHM Advisors, commissioned by the city to create a master plan for the redevelopment, will be on hand at the public input meeting. They will also present their latest thinking on the Northland Center site.

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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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Public art competition in Rochester's Lake Norcentra Park opens polls to the public

Local officials, take note. If you want to stir up the passions of the populace, hold a public art competition. That's what BT Irwin is proving in the community of Rochester.

In their efforts to activate Lake Norcentra Park, a 14-acre park located on the Rochester College campus and along the Clinton River Trail, a panel of local artists and city officials have whittled down submissions for a 1,600 sq. ft. mural along the trail to just three finalists. Now, it's up to a public vote to determine which of the murals will be put in place.

BT Irwin, project manager for the Lake Norcentra Park redevelopment, is pleased with the process so far. He says the public art competition has gotten the community involved in reimagining the park, something he expected when first coming up with the idea. Good art will do that, says Irwin.

Community members haven't been shy about approaching Irwin to let him know which mural deserves to be selected for installation. It's out of his hands now, however, and up to the community and the public vote. Over 3,000 votes have been placed since online polls opened just one week ago. For Irwin, it's a can't-lose situation. No matter which piece is selected, Lake Norcentra Park and its surrounding communities benefit.

"What's happening in Lake Norcentra Park is an effort to transform 14 acres of land that's been largely unused for decades," says Irwin. "We want people to claim ownership of the space and make it their own. One way you can do that is through public art."

Lake Norcentra Park is 14 acres and includes bluffs, wetlands, and woodlands throughout its landscape. Rochester College recently partnered with Chief Financial Credit Union to improve the park, which is open to the public. It is located at 800 W. Avon Rd. in Rochester Hills.

Voting is open and available through July 8 at www.rochestermural.org.

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Leon & Lulu nears completion of expansion into historic Clawson Theater

The wife-and-husband team of Mary Liz Curtin and Stephen Scannell, co-owners of Leon & Lulu in downtown Clawson, have nearly completed their redevelopment of the historic Clawson Theater. 
 
They are converting the historic theater, which itself was converted from a theater to light industrial uses in the early 1960s, into a cafe, custom framing shop, and furniture showroom. Curtin expects to open in two to three months.

The redevelopment is a natural extension for Leon & Lulu, the popular furniture, clothing, gifts, and more shop that opened in the old Ambassador Roller Rink building in 2005. 
 
It's been a big redevelopment, too. Curtin says the old Clawson Theater building needed just about everything one might imagine, including new plumbing, electricity, HVAC system, roof, and more.

The theater floor was flattened long ago after it closed in the 1960s. But Curtin and Scannell are restoring a bit of history with a refurbished theater marquee to hearken back to the days of the old Clawson entertainment district. Both the roller rink and theater buildings, separated only by a shared parking lot, were built in 1941.

According to Curtin, Clawson residents used to call the theater "the Show," so the new building will be called "The Show at Leon & Lulu." 
 
The back will contain additional showroom space for furniture from the main shop as well as a custom framing workshop. Up front will be Three Cats Cafe, a place for shoppers to come take a load off after they've finished shopping at Leon & Lulu.

"We think it will complete the shopping experience," says Curtin. "It will be a place for a little sustenance, maybe some live music and a glass of wine. There will be pastries, cookies, and espresso in the morning, salads and quiches at lunch, hors d'oeuvres at night. It will be like the old days where there was a fabulous restaurant inside a department store."

For Curtin, The Show at Lulu & Leon completes the story, providing a center for the community. She says they've never wanted to franchise the Leon & Lulu brand. But they do want to improve the location in downtown Clawson. It's about more than the merchandise, she says. It's an experience.

"What we really sell is happiness and fun."

Leon & Lulu is located at 96 W. 14 Mile Rd. in Clawson.

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Rochester company deconstructs, not demolishes, old homes

As is often the case for successful entrepreneurs, one business begets another. That's certainly true for Robert Bloomingdale, whose recently established Rochester Salvage & Supply most likely wouldn't have happened had it not been for his other booming business, Bloomingdale Construction.

Rochester Salvage & Supply specializes in reclaiming, repurposing, and reusing materials from deconstructed older houses. Bloomingdale Construction builds a lot of its houses in downtown Rochester, a town with plenty of old houses and virtually no empty lots, says Bloomingdale. That's where he got the idea for Rochester Salvage & Supply.

"We demolish a lot of older homes in the process of building new ones," says Bloomingdale. "I always felt bad about sending old, vintage materials to landfills. Now, we save what we can."

Rather than demolish the old houses, Rochester Salvage & Supply now methodically deconstructs them. Materials like shingles and siding are sent to be recycleda cost the company pays out of its pocket. Others, like salvaged lumber, are repurposed into furniture, and other items that can either be sold individually or built into the new homes constructed by Bloomingdale.

Bloomingdale contends that deconstructing a house costs more than twice as much as demolishing one. And paying for materials to be recycled isn't making him any money. But the reclaimed materials trend is a hot one right nowsomething Bloomingdale credits to HGTV shows and other media as having fosteredand he has been astonished by the feedback and interest he has received since announcing the formation of Rochester Salvage & Supply this past April.

For now, Bloomingdale says his goal is "to not lose money." It's a month into the new business and he's learning as he goesafter all, his business has been building homes, not deconstructing them. But he already has plans to expand Rochester Salvage & Supply from its base in Rochester to begin deconstructing homes in Pontiac. The business has had prior involvement in that community, donating materials to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore there and working with the Power Company Kids Club.

Rochester Salvage and Supply operates out of a warehouse on South Street in Rochester, though Bloomingdale prefers customers interested in reclaimed materials make inquiries via email. Reach him at robert@bloomingdaleconstruction.com.

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Walsh College celebrates $15 million expansion

Walsh College is celebrating the grand opening of a $15 million, 55,000 sq. ft. addition to its main campus in Troy this Friday, May 20. 
 
A two-story Success Center is the academic focus of the investment made by the business college. Renovations to existing facilities are also among the improvements. They include more classroom spaces and improved electrical access for smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

The addition is designed to enhance students' business communication skills, including written communication, public speaking, and executive presence. On the second floor, a modern open office-style area with collaborative spaces and meeting rooms will be available.

The new features are many. There is a Mother's Room for nursing students and staff, a Veteran's Room for active duty and veteran students, and ten new student study rooms. There's a new space for Student Services, an Alumni Room, and a Student Organizations Room. A 40-seat auditorium, Cyber Lab, and Testing Center have also been added. The new Fireside Student Lounge and a cafe offer students places to unwind.

"Students and employers expect high quality from our programs. These outstanding facilities reflect that quality," Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO Walsh College, says in a statement. "We look forward to building our legacy for excellence well into our second century."

The improvements occurred on Walsh College's main campus in Troy, in which it occupies 30 acres at the intersection of Livernois and E. Wattles roads. The business college was founded by accountant Mervyn Walsh in Detroit in 1922, where it operated out of the Capitol Theatre Building—which is now the home of the Detroit Opera House. Walsh College left Detroit for Troy in 1970, where it has been located ever since. The school now has additional locations in Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron.

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Effort to green up urban Macomb County takes root

Macomb County residents with an affinity for trees, shade and the outdoors have reason to celebrate as officials announce a new program designed to increase tree canopy coverage south of the Clinton River.

The program, Green Macomb Urban Forestry Partnership, is an initiative of the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development and is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Forestry Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division.  ITC Holdings provided matching money to secure the grant.

According to officials, the initiative focuses on communities south of the Clinton River because they have the highest population density in the county while simultaneously having the lowest tree canopy coverage. Warren, Sterling Heights, and Clinton Township, some of Michigan's largest cities, are locatedat least in partsouth of the Clinton River. The targeted area also has some of the county's oldest infrastructure and its sub-watersheds are heavily impacted by urbanization.

Plans for the affected area include the systematic implementation of a coordinated green infrastructure strategy to improve economic vitality, quality of life and ecological integrity in the affected areas. Green infrastructure uses plants and soil to help filter and purify stormwater runoff while creating habitat and greenspace.

Meanwhile, the city of Utica, itself nestled along the Clinton River, is hoping to invigorate its commercial and industrial districts through the creation of a five-year master plan. Area business owners are invited to attend a public input workshop from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12 at the Utica Public Library.

Proposals include extending downtown, zoning ordinance reviews and continued focus on recreation and water assets.  Says John Paul Rea, director of the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development, "Public input is essential for developing a realistic and achievable plan for the future of one of Macomb County's most historic and vibrant cities."

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Rochester College park project seeks artist submissions

Area artists are being encouraged to submit their proposals for a 900-sq. ft. mural to be included in a public space redevelopment project on the campus of Rochester College. The winning artist will receive a cash prize of $2,500 in addition to the opportunity to create the mural.

The mural will be painted within Lake Norcentra Park on the north side of the Rochester College campus. The college is currently revamping the park located at an intersection of the Clinton River and Clinton River Trail. In addition to the mural, which will encompass two walls facing the trail, improvements to the park include bike parking and a bike repair station, boat and fishing access and improved public space and programming.

"Thousands of people will pass by the mural every day during the warm weather months, and this is our way of welcoming them in and inviting the public to make Lake Norcentra Park their own," BT Irwin, director of the Lake Norcentra Park Project, says in a statement. "It's a meeting place for the entire Rochester community to enjoy and reconnect."

Mural submissions are open from April 18 to May 27 and are accepted at www.rochestermural.org. A 13-person jury will choose three finalists in June. The winner of the mural contest will then be decided by a public vote. The mural is set to debut in September 2016.

Organizers say that the mural should represent the Rochester region. They're also looking for vibrant and colorful designs that will catch the eyes of passersby.

Lake Norcentra Park is 14 acres and includes bluffs, wetlands, and woodlands throughout its landscape. Rochester College recently partnered with Chief Financial Credit Union to improve the park, which is open to the public. It is located at 800 W. Avon Rd. in Rochester Hills.

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Regional development news round-up for April

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.

The city of Pontiac celebrated a big groundbreaking this month as construction begins on the redevelopment of the historic Strand theater. Re-branded as the Flagstar Strand Theatre of the Performing Arts, the 895-seat theater will open in fall 2016 after $20 million in renovations. The downtown Pontiac venue will be host to live music, theater, and comedy, organizers say. The Strand opened in 1921 and has been closed since the mid-1990s.

"[My brother] Brent and I looked at the Flagstar Strand Theatre project as an opportunity to continue the forward progress of the reinvention of the city of Pontiac, particularly downtown Pontiac," Kyle Westberg, co-owner and general contractor of the building, says in a statement. "We are blessed to be put in a position to reopen this historic facility, provide new jobs to the community and kickstart economic development. Downtown Pontiac is destined to be the arts, culture and entertainment district of Oakland County and we feel the Flagstar Strand Theatre will be the anchor of this district."

Center Line received the largest single investment in the city's history, this according to City Manager Dennis Champine. Sodecia USA, a global Tier 1 automotive supplier, was considering leaving Center Line for a new location before the city offered it an Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption, persuading the company to stay and establish its North American headquarters there. Portions of the current Center Line campus will be demolished to make way for a 66,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility and a 27,600 sq. ft. three-story administrative office tower.

Cranbrook Academy of Art was ranked the sixth highest fine art graduate program by the U.S. News & World Report.

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Craft Salon opens in downtown Royal Oak

A new salon has opened in Royal Oak and its co-founders are working hard to ensure that it caters to everyone. Punks and lawyers, blacks and whites, men and women -- all are welcome customers, the co-founders say.

Craft Salon opened March 22, offering the gamut of hair, makeup, and facial waxing services. The owners, Sarah Markel and Natasha Vranic, have been in the industry for about a decade each, meeting at another Royal Oak salon along the way. Markel says that Vranic had been wanting to open her own salon for a while before Markel agreed to join the venture. It's a natural partnership, she says.

"We collaborated on some projects and we found that we work together really well. And we fight even better," says Markel. "It's productive. We fight like sisters. We balance each other out."

The pair characterizes their own style as gothy -- "like Beetlejuice at a cocktail party," says Vranic. But she and Markel employ people with a wide range of styles, ensuring something for everyone. They challenge themselves and their staff to be well-rounded and versatile.

"We're always educating ourselves, pushing ourselves to be better and stay up on all the latest trends," says Vranic. "We're creative people capable of any type of clientele."

Craft Salon is located in an old 1920s farmhouse, just blocks from Main Street. The building was a salon in a previous incarnation, though some things had to be fixed. Markel says that the fact that the business is in an old house makes everything immediately comfortable, with lots of windows and the warmth of wood floors.

Markel and Vranic encourage appointments to be made via text message, which can be made at (248) 990-4169.

Craft Salon is located at 522 E. 11 Mile Rd. in Royal Oak. It is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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International building supply company to build new headquarters on Schoolcraft College campus

Masco Corporation, the home improvement and building product company, is relocating its corporate headquarters from one part of Wayne County to another. The company will build a 91,220 sq. ft. development on the campus of Schoolcraft College in Livonia, leaving its previous home in Taylor.

The development group, Livonia-based Schostak Brothers & Company, teamed with Schoolcraft College to secure the deal. The new headquarters has a spring 2017 target opening.

The new building will be significantly smaller than the company's current building, a 415,606 sq. ft. facility on Van Born Road. Jeffrey Schostak, Schostak Brothers & Company vice president and director of development, says that what the new facility loses in square footage, it makes up for in state-of-the-art improvements.

"We are proud to partner with Schoolcraft to transition Masco to this innovative and fantastic facility for their daily operations," Schostak said in a statement. "The design will provide functional space for Masco’s employees and will be aligned with their commitment to excellence."

While it's unclear what will happen to Masco's current headquarters in Taylor, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has taken on the project, working with Masco to find a suitable reuse of the 415,606 sq. ft. facility.

Masco is known for designing, manufacturing, and distributing home improvement and building products, ranging from paint to spas, bath and shower fixtures to cabinets. Some of its most well-known brands include Behr, Hansgrohe, Milgard, and many others. Its CEO and president, Keith Allman, characterizes the move to a new headquarters as an important step, one that will create a more collaborative environment for Masco employees.

The new Masco Corporation headquarters will open in the spring of 2017 on the main campus of Schoolcraft College, which is located on the west side of I-275 between Six and Seven Mile roads in Livonia.

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