Regional development news round-up: Diners, parks, and rideshares

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

A 24-hour restaurant has opened in downtown Ferndale. The Daily Dinette is located at 280 W. Nine Mile Rd. The diner boasts beef ground fresh daily, breakfast sandwiches served 24 hours a day, and homemade doughnuts among its offerings. Espresso-based drinks and other coffees are also available.

Rochester College announced that construction on its Lake Norcentra Park project will begin this spring. Located on campus, the area surrounding the lake will receive pop-up concessions, bike parking and a repair station, boat and fishing access along the Clinton River, hammocks, seating and tables, and much more. Lake Norcentra Park will be open to the public.

A pilot rideshare program is being launched in Troy. SPLT and Magna International are partnering on the project, which will be offered to 1,700 of Magna's employees. Rideshares are coordinated through a smart phone app which uses factors like time of departure and location to arrange the car pools.

Nearly $20 million will be spent on renovations for affordable housing in Southfield. Located near the intersection of Civic Center Drive and Berg Road, McDonnell Tower Apartments and the tower and townhomes of River Park Place will receive improvements to the exteriors and interiors, as well as energy efficiency upgrades. A combined total of 407 units will be affected.

Watson Engineering, a full-service sheet and tubular metal fabrication company in Taylor, is constructing a new facility on Pennsylvania Road. The company will create 75 jobs and $8.3 million in investment once construction is complete. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has announced $1,091,033 in local and school tax capture for the expansion project.

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