Week of 4.24.17

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JVS Trade Secrets

“And life goes on,” said Connie Holzer, honorary chair and keynote speaker at the JVS Trade Secrets fundraising dinner. (It attracted record attendance - 560 @ $150 and up – to the Troy Marriott.) Holzer’s unique business experience did not even begin until her car dealer husband of 52 years died when she was 70 years old. Although the economy was in the dumps, she mortgaged the home where she had raised six children, got concessions from their 130 employees, and rebuilt the Tom Holzer Ford dealership into the 4th ranked regionally and 10th ranked nationally. “You are never too old to begin a new life,” she concluded. Women to Work recipient Kimberly Baker, whose fairytale life crashed when her husband went to jail for tax fraud, praised Judy Richmond and the JVS computer program. She attended it on a scholarship. “And now..because of people in this room... I can feed my kids,” Baker said, apologizing for her tears. The venue provided ample space to display the event’s traditional pick-your-own-prize raffle of 62 items, the main cocktail hour diversion.
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May 2017

MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO NOWHERE: A budget proposal by the Trump administration may be the final blow to plans for a regional mass transit system for southeast Michigan. A proposed Regional Transit Authority (RTA) millage failed in November 2016, when voters in Oakland and Macomb counties rejected the four-county millage, while passing in Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Deal was, it had to win in three of ...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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