Week of 3.20.17

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Art of Fashion & Research

Seventy guests ($150 ticket) convened March 9 at Neiman Marcus for the luncheon and fashion show sponsored by the Lighthouse Group to benefit the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids. During the pre-luncheon champagne reception, they socialized, perused designer apparel in the third floor salons and had make-up applications by stylists from Guerlain, Trish McEvoy and Le Métier de Beauté. After lunch, two passions were on display during the presentation before the fashion show. The first was Carol Van Andel’s for the cutting edge research, collaborations and education (cancer and Parkinson’s disease) that occurs at the institute founded 20 years ago by her in-laws. She concluded her description of the initiatives and the researchers with “...I don’t have a job, I have a dream.” The second was NM style adviser Ken Dewey’s fervor for fashion. He called the show a passion play in three acts which he named Take It to the Max, The Now of the New and The Games People Play.
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oakland confidential

March 2017

MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA: Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson (D-Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) may have picked a fight with the wrong person in power when she called out county board chair Mike Gingell and vice chair Mike Spiz , both Republicans, during board swearing-in ceremonies on January 11. "She seemed determined to create dissension," said a fellow commissioner. "She ...more»
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Custom homes project receives support


By Lisa Brody
News Editor
02/10/2017 - A proposed planned unit development site plan for 22 custom homes on 18 acres on Long Lake Road in Bloomfield Township, which used to belong to the Bloomfield Hills School district, was unanimously recommended to proceed to the board of trustees by the township's planning commission, on Monday, February 6.

The property was sold by the school district in late June 2016 to to S. Lyon builder/developer Hunter Pasteur Homes for $3.5 million. The Wabeek land, as it was known, is located on Long Lake Road, just west of Franklin, and is just over 18 acres, undeveloped, and was zoned residential. The district owned the property since 1971, and determined it had no use for the property, and decided to sell it as part of the district master plan.

Patti Voelker, township director of planning, building and ordinance, said the planned unit development will be created as two cul-de-sacs with a common wooded open space area, made up of about two acres that will become a park for residents, with a walking trail that links to the township's safety paths. In addition, a 20-foot buffer would be created along the western and southern boundaries of the development, with evergreen and other trees, to supplement the existing trees on the property.

A landscaped 50-foot greenbelt along Long Lake Road will be compatible with existing vegetation on the roadway, Voelker said, as well as providing privacy to the development, which is to be called Baron Estates. The entrance to the development will be constructed of limestone.

Randy Wertheimer, president of Hunter Pasteur Baron Estates, presented the planned unit development site plan, which he said will include a maximum density of 1.7 dwellings per acre, with homes running about 3,800 to over 6,000 square feet each. He anticipates they will sell for $1.5 million and up, depending upon custom features. Hunter Pasteur Baron Estates will build some of the homes, while there will be an opportunity for other builders as well.

Planning commission member Neal Barnett said, "It will be very pretty there. The developers spent a lot of time thinking of how to do this."

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