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New yoga studio in Ferndale started by long-time teacher

Caren Paskel, a well-known figure in the local yoga industry, is striking out on her own with a new yoga studio in downtown Ferndale.

Paskel long held a leadership position at the local chain Yoga Shelter, which is co-owned by her brother Eric. She's calling her new venture EnSoul Yoga. It opens Saturday, October 8. An official grand opening won't be held until the first week of November, when Paskel will celebrate with DJs and vendors.

For those familiar with Paskel's style of teaching, EnSoul will be an extension of what she taught in the past. Paskel believes in a style of yoga that stretches the mind as well as the body, and not just during the class period. She says it's a yoga that keeps working well after a session is over.

Whatever nerves Paskel had when considering starting her own yoga studio have dissipated leading up to EnSoul opening. Originally planning on a now-scrapped Royal Oak location a year ago, she's since had that time to promote EnSoul as she readies the new Ferndale space. She's well known in the local yoga scene and has been offering pre-opening specials and Groupons leading up to the opening, all of which have been going fast, she says.

"We're off to a really good start," says Paskel. "This is pretty invigorating and exciting for me. It tells me I'm doing the right thing. People are coming."

She believes that the move to Ferndale has been the right thing, too. She says the downtown stretch of Nine Mile Road is very community-driven, with lots of neighboring business owners stopping in to say hello. "The vibe there is really awesome."

EnSoul Yoga is located at 210 W. Nine Mile Rd. in Ferndale.

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Cafe and specialty gift shop opens in downtown Flat Rock

Just steps from the Huron River is downtown Flat Rock, a small downriver community with a population just shy of 10,000. It's there where a new shop and cafe has opened up, the Blue Heron Trading Company.

Having celebrated a mid-September grand opening, the Blue Heron Trading Company is gearing up for the fall and holiday seasons. Located inside is a cafe with coffee and teas, cozy with a fireplace and leather couches. Blue Heron is also a specialty gift store, offering Olivewood bowls, vintage aprons, jams, sauces, and more.

Blue Heron is owned by the husband and wife team of Mark and Alisa Maul. Both California natives, the Mauls moved to Flat Rock in 2001. They say they had no idea what to expect when they moved here, though they've become big Flat Rock boosters since. Mark and Alisa are both involved in the Downtown Development Authority and the City Planning Commission for Flat Rock.

The Mauls see Blue Heron as a way to help revitalize downtown Flat Rock.

"Our newest business venture began with the desire to meet the needs of Flat Rock residents with a place to gather and shop while instilling a sense of community pride," says Alisa.

The couple also own Home Source Property Management, a rental management company.

With the holiday season fast approaching, the Mauls plan on offering a variety of holiday products. Also planned are after-hours events, including cooking demonstrations, chocolate-making classes, artist and author meet-and-greets, and more. The first, a pallet painting class, will occur in mid-October.

Blue Heron Trading Company is located at 26217 E. Huron Dr. in downtown Flat Rock. Its hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.

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New bus routes, barber shops: September development news round-up

Reflex eases bus transit

Metro Detroit bus riders commuting between Detroit and its suburbs had their lives made a little bit easier this month as they will no longer have to transfer buses at the city/suburb border along both the Woodward Avenue and Gratiot Avenue bus routes. The new service is called Reflex and it's the result of a partnership between Detroit Department of Transportation, Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, and Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.

[Michigan Chronicle]

Mediterranean street food biz expands

The Joe Vicari Restaurant Group is prepping for a sizable expansion, adding four more restaurants to its portfolio. The group is planning on building three more 2941 Street Food locations. The fast-casual Mediterranean eateries will open in Detroit, Birmingham, and Auburn Hills with the first two locations opening within the next two months. The group is also planning on a new Joe Muer Seafood location in the Kingsley Inn in Bloomfield Hills.


Mystery gift cards...sign me up!

At Home, a furniture and home decor store, has opened in Bloomfield Hills. On Oct. 1, At Home will hand out mystery gift cards to shoppers. It's the sixth Michigan location for the Texas-based company.

[The Oakland Press]

Detroit Grooming Company grows

Detroit Grooming Company, the Ferndale-based personal care product line, opened their first barbershop on Woodward Avenue in Ferndale this past spring. The company recently expanded operations into the second level of its Ferndale storefront and is also opening a second barbershop in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood.

[Model D]

Walk to end Alzheimers

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter, headquartered in Southfield, is hosting their annual Walk to End Alzheimer's at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit this Saturday, Oct. 1. Registration for the two-mile walk begins at 11 a.m. A 12:30 start-time follows the opening ceremony at noon.

[Alzheimer's Association]

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Crowdfunding campaign launched for Rochester park

Lake Norcentra Park, located along the Clinton River Trail on the campus of Rochester College, has received a large share of attention from local officials for much of 2016. Improvements were first announced this past February, and the park has benefited from extensive placemaking programming since, including a public art competition that selected local artist Christine Gibson's submission for a 1,600 sq. ft. mural along the trail.

Now the 14-acre park and the nearby 46-acre College Woods are the subject of a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign to further improve the public spaces. Should organizers raise $50,000 by the Oct. 22 deadline, a $50,000 matching grant will be provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority's Public Spaces Community Places initiative. The crowdfunding campaign is being hosted on the Michigan-based Patronicity platform.

"Families at the college have known this place for decades and it’s special to a lot of them. Anything worth loving is worth sharing. We think it’s time to open Lake Norcentra Park to our neighbors in the community so it can become special to them as well," Rochester College VP of Development, Finance and Operations Tom Rellinger says in a statement. "We hope the park is a great asset to active lifestyles, education, and preserving nature in the Rochester region for decades to come."

Planned improvements include concessions, a picnic garden, public art installations, benches, hammocks, green space, bike parking, a bike repair station, interpretive signage, ADA-compliant pedestrian trails, boat access to the Clinton River, fishing access to the Clinton River and Lake Norcentra, a community activity center, art, food, and music programming, and K-12 educational programming.

In total, 60 acres of green space, woodlands, and wetlands will see enhancement and preservation efforts. Lake Norcentra Park is accessible from downtown Rochester via the Clinton River Trail.

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Michigan craft beer tasting event continues to grow in Milford

Now in its eighth year, the Brewed in Michigan beer tasting event in Milford Township has expanded yet again, working to accommodate repeat customers as well as the newcomers they bring along with them. The event has regularly sold out over the course of its eight years.

Tickets for Brewed in Michigan, which occurs Friday, Sept. 16 at Bakers of Milford in Milford Township, are available online and at the time of the event, until they sell out. Entry includes a souvenir tasting mug, 12 drink tickets, six food taste tickets, and one raffle ticket. The beer tent will feature live music from Power Play Detroit.

One way Brewed in Michigan has responded to the increasing popularity of the state's craft brewery scene is to focus on smaller, more local breweries and not the larger, popular ones like Bell's Brewery of Kalamazoo, Mich. 
This year, Brewed in Michigan is hosting newcomers like breweries like the Drafting Table in Wixom, the Draft Horse in New Hudson, Kickstand in Commerce Township, and Third Monk in South Lyon. Some of the breweries being featured haven't even opened their doors yet.

For Brewed in Michigan co-chair Rick Kirchner, the event is a reflection of how people's drinking tastes have changed over the past decade and the ever-rising popularity of Michigan craft beer. It's fun, he says, to see the diversity of the crowd they attract, from 20-somethings to 60-somethings, white collar to blue collar, and "all makes and models."

"When we first started, you had to have more of the simple beers, more introductory and traditional flavors. But now people are more willing to try new things," says Kirchner. "I like to see people mixing it up with new types of beer."

Michigan-made wines and hard ciders will also be available.

There will be shuttles driving around downtown Milford to ease parking congestion. The LaFontaine car dealership will also be on hand, providing cars and drivers to take home any festival attendees who may have enjoyed a little too much of the Michigan beer.

The event is sponsored by LaFontaine Automotive Group and Bakers of Milford. It is organized by the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Brewed in Michigan occurs Friday, Sept. 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Bakers of Milford, which is located at 2025 S. Milford Rd. in Milford Township. The beer tent will remain open until midnight with a cash bar provided by Bakers. Tickets are available online.

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New athletic fieldhouse to open in downtown Port Huron

While students at St. Clair Community College started their fall semester this past Aug. 22, they'll have to wait just a few weeks longer for their brand new fieldhouse to open.

On Monday, Oct. 3, the SC4 Fieldhouse will officially celebrate its grand opening. Events include a ribbon cutting from noon to 1:30 p.m. and a 6:30 p.m. basketball game with the Harlem Wizards, a show performance team.

The SC4 Fieldhouse is a 25,000 sq. ft. sporting arena, community center, and the future home of the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame. A main competition court for basketball and volleyball is cross-cut by three additional courts for tournaments. Seating capacity will open at 1,500 with an additional 500 seats to be added at a later date. An elevated walking track is also planned later down the line.

For SC4 President Dr. Deborah Snyder, the Fieldhouse isn't just a new gym in downtown Port Huron.

"The SC4 Fieldhouse is more than just a state-of-the-art new facility for our student athletes. It is a community asset that we can all take pride in," Dr. Snyder says in a statement. "This facility is the first of its kind in the Blue Water Area and will host a variety of activities that bring the community together."

In addition to the college's own sports competitions, SC4 hopes the Fieldhouse will draw college, high school, AAU, and youth athletic tournaments, cheerleading and dance competitions, and more. The Fieldhouse will also host SC4 sports camps for area youth.

Four National Junior College Athletic Association basketball tournaments have already been confirmed for March of 2017 and 2018.

The SC4 Fieldhouse is located in the former McMorran Pavilion in downtown Port Huron.

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Macomb County's Resource Fair promotes financial independence—on four wheels

From first-time homebuyers to entrepreneurs, unregistered voters to job seekers, the Healthy Lifestyle and Financial Empowerment Resource Fair will be a veritable one-stop spot for getting things done in Macomb County. Free and open to the general public, the Resource Fair occurs Thursday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Macomb County Family Resource Center in Mount Clemens.

The Resource Fair is a partnership between Fifth Third Bank and Macomb Community Action, an agency that works with Macomb County to address poverty and improve independence.

One of the many options for fair-goers includes the Fifth Third Bank Financial Empowerment Mobile, a.k.a the "eBus," a mobile classroom complete with computers and satellite technology. At the eBus, attendees will be able to view their credit reports and go over them with professionals, visit a certified credit counselor, receive down payment assistance information for first-time homebuyers, and perform online job searches.

"We are committed to empowering our community through financial education. The eBus allows us to serve people where they live and work and partner with agencies like Macomb Community Action to provide the knowledge and tools to help take control of their financial futures," says Loretta Humphrey-Cruz, community economic development relationship manager at Fifth Third Bank.

Many additional services are available at the Resource Fair. Macomb Community Action is providing a free lunch and Gleaners Community Food Bank will perform a cooking demonstration. MSU Extension will contribute budgeting, money management, and financial empowerment services and resources. A bounce house and face painting will be among activities geared for children.

Macomb County itself is also providing some services at the fair. The Treasurer's Office will be on hand to answer questions about tax foreclosure and tax delinquent properties. The Macomb County Health Department will provide free health screenings. And the Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds will be on site, helping Macomb County residents with birth certificates, death certificates, business registrations, marriage licenses, veteran ID cards, voter registration, concealed pistol license applications, and real estate deed requests.

The Macomb County Family Resource Center is located at 196 N. Rose St. in Mount Clemens.

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Ferndale doggie day care business caters to small dogs

Liz Blondy has seen it firsthand, that look of anxiety creeping over a dog owner's face as they go to board their three-pound Yorkie and a 120-pound shepherd walks through the door. Often it's the owners of small dogs, and not the small dogs themselves, that are afraid of the bigger breeds of dogs. It's why Blondy created Tiny Town, a day care and boarding facility specifically designed for small dogs.

Blondy is the owner of Canine to Five, the dog day care and boarding businesses located in Detroit and Ferndale. She opened Tiny Town this past June. It's a facility reserved for dogs 20 pounds and under. While it's located in the same building as the Ferndale Canine to Five, Blondy characterizes Tiny Town as a completely separate business.

The play area is designed for small dogs. The kennels are designed for small dogs. The small dogs receive more hands-on attention from a staff that is specific to Tiny Town. Blondy even has an HVAC system set so the small dogs can't sense the large dogs. And a separate entrance limits those anxiety-inducing encounters between small dog owners and the big dogs themselves.

"I'd say Tiny Town is about 50 percent for the dogs, 50 percent for the owners," says Blondy.

While space is currently unavailable for a Tiny Town at the Detroit location, Blondy says that she's working with a bank and architect to build an addition to that building.

Tiny Town will be hosting a free play date on Sep. 11 that will be open to the public. This Friday, Aug. 26, Canine to Five will help celebrate National Dog Day at the Shinola shop in Midtown, where they'll be providing complimentary nail clippings for friendly dogs—emphasis on the friendly, says Blondy.

Tiny Town is located at 1221 E. Nine Mile Rd. in Ferndale.

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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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Public input sought for Oakland County's Highland Recreation Area

Highland Recreation Area and Haven Hill are receiving attention from public officials, planners, and citizens interested in both the future and past of these protected pieces of Michigan wilderness.

Phase 2 of the General Management Plan for the Highland Recreation Area is being developed and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks & Recreation Division is asking the public for their input. The DNR wants to know what recreation opportunities people are looking for in the Highland Recreation Area. The plan will also assist the DNR in protecting and preserving the park's natural assets.

Highland Recreation Area is a 5,900-acre site located east of Highland Township. Year-round recreation activities include hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and horse riding trails. Fishing and boating occur on four different lakes while three recreation areas currently offer opportunities for picnics, horseshoes, volleyball, and swimming.

Visit the DNR website for more information on the public input sessions.

On Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, Oakland County is holding a Planners Gathering at the Edsel Ford Barn located at Haven Hill. A walking tour and presentation on the history and legacy of Michigan's state parks and recreation areas will be conducted, examining what took place to establish these public lands and what is necessary to preserve them for future generations.

Haven Hill, a 721-acre state-managed Natural Area, is a uniquely unspoiled tract of land located within the Highland Recreation Area. Haven Hill boasts each of southern Michigan's principal forest types, from tamarack to cedar, beech-maple to oak-hickory.

The land was once the private property of Edsel and Eleanor Ford, where they built an estate that still stands today. Following Edsel's death in 1943, the land was sold to the state of Michigan in 1946. Eventually management was transferred to the DNR. The land has been largely left undisturbed for nearly 75 years.

Registration for the event is located here.

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Harrison Township road fix spurs $56.6 million in investment

A promised fix to a Harrison Township road has paved the way for major business and jobs investment by a Chinese automotive firm. That path, Executive Drive, runs parallel to I-94 between the Interstate and Selfridge Air National Guard Base and services over a dozen businesses in an adjacent industrial park.
One of those businesses is Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, a Chinese automotive interiors supplier. Once local officials confirmed plans to rebuild Executive Drive for the first time in its 43-year existence, Yanfeng committed a $56.6 million investment in renovating a vacant building along the roadway; officials expect the investment could generate up to 519 jobs for the Macomb County site.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and a host of area business leaders and local and state officials gathered Wednesday, Aug. 10 for a ribbon-cutting, celebrating the official re-opening of the road.

"Executive Drive is a prime example of how the growth of private industry can spur strategic investment in our infrastructure," says Hackel. "Working alongside Yanfeng (Automotive Interiors), our transportation service providers, economic developers and our community partners, we were able to modernize this key industrial roadway."

Built in 1973, Executive Drive has seen few improvements over its 43-year-long lifespan. The resulting deterioration had construction crews tearing up the road and starting over. Beginning April 4, 2016, crews removed the road to its base and installed new infrastructure before rebuilding Executive Drive. An enhanced drainage system replaced the old one and nearby fire hydrants and the municipal fire suppression system received upgrades. A continuous sidewalk was also installed.

The Executive Drive reconstruction received funding from both the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Macomb County Department of Roads. MDOT awarded a $1,634,640 Transportation Economic Development Fund grant while Macomb County committed an additional $700,560 to the project.

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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.
Read more about Northland Mall >>>

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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New workforce development opportunities available, thanks to regional partnerships

Metro Detroiters looking to pursue careers in fields as varied as nursing, machining, IT work, and more are being offered a new path to job training and workforce development, thanks to a recent partnership between Focus: HOPE and a handful of local educational and business organizations. Two Oakland County institutions, Oakland University and Oakland Community College, are among the organizations offering training for Focus: HOPE participants.

The Steps for Success Program, a partnership between OCC, Focus: HOPE, and the Detroit Regional Chamber Fund, offers students continued academic and social support throughout their schooling. Students attend the first semester of school at the Focus: HOPE campus and transition to OCC for their remaining courses. A Focus: HOPE Student Success Coach/Case Manager will follow the student throughout their studies, offering tutoring services, workshops, and additional support.

Steps for Success is available to current and newly enrolled students at OCC as well as students already involved with Focus: HOPE.

For students wanting to get into the nursing field, Focus: HOPE has partnered with Oakland University for a workforce training program. Focus: HOPE's program, the Machinist Training Institute, is also currently forming new classes. That program has graduated hundreds of students into the manufacturing and automotive sectors.

To qualify for any of the programs, students must pass both math and English assessments administered by Focus: HOPE.

More information is available through Focus: HOPE by website, email, or (313) 494-4300.

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Orion Township auto plant ranked eighth in nation for renewable energy usage

Workers at the General Motors Orion Assembly plant are readying the Chevrolet Bolt EV for its debut, and they're doing so in one of the nation's top facilities for renewable energy usage.
Orion Assembly was recently ranked eighth among users of renewable energy generated onsite among a group formed by the U.S. EPA, the Green Power Partners. It's news that fits for the Bolt EV, GM's new all-electric vehicle.

According to the company, 54 percent of the General Motors Orion Assembly plant is powered by clean energy. GM accomplishes this by capturing and using the methane gas emitted from a nearby landfill, turning the decomposing garbage into energy. Renewable energy accounts for $1 million in savings a year for the plant in Orion Township.

In addition to utilizing methane gas from a nearby landfill, Orion Assembly also sends energy back to the grid with its 350-kilowatt solar array. While it has a goal of promoting using 125 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020, the company says it will have already exceeded that goal before the end of 2016.

The plant also cuts down energy costs through its three-wet process, where three layers of paint are applied before running the Bolt EV for just one trip through the drying oven, rather than three. 

"EPA applauds Orion Assembly for its innovation in generating green power from an onsite landfill gas energy system and for taking a leadership position on the environment," says James Critchfield, manager of the Green Power Partnership.

The Green Power Partnership is a program launched by the EPA in 2001, encouraging companies to embrace renewable electricity through technical assistance and recognition. According to the EPA, green power is that of the highest environmental benefit.

In 2013, Orion Assembly met the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry when it lowered its energy intensity by 67 percent, avoiding 42,758 tons of CO2 emissions.

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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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