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Ted Lindsay Celebrity Golf Outing
The 175 golfers who participated in the Ted Lindsay Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing at the Detroit Golf Club were joined by another 115 for cocktails, a silent auction ($14,000) and dinner following play. The program that followed Fr. Donald Worthy’s tribute to the memory of Joanne Lindsay and Dr. Jack Finley was emceed with good humor by Mickey Redmond and Ken Daniels. It had highlights. Austin, TX researcher Laura Hewitson, PhD. reported promise of early blood biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
oakland confidential CRACK IN THE DIKE : Appears staunch Republican Congressman David Trott (Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Troy), in his second term representing Michigan’s 11th District, isn’t still feeling the love for President Donald Trump . Politico reported that Trott shocked the room at a private meeting in late July when he voiced what many other Republicans were thinking, that the president had ...more»
After grappling for several years with a shortage of parking, and recognizing an opportunity to redevelop the site at Bates and where the N. Old Woodward parking structure is located, the Birmingham city commission on Monday, March 13, unanimously approved having city staff develop and send out a request for qualifications (RFQ) to solicit developers, engineers, architects and other interested firms in pursuing its redevelopment to include residential, commercial and retail while incorporating hundreds more parking spaces.
Birmingham Planning Director Jana Ecker noted that for the last several years city staff and the commission had been addressing parking and the shortage that has developed in the city as office space and its usage has changed. A couple of years ago the city looked at adding two floors to the Pierce Street parking structure, as it is the only parking garage with that capability, but parking demands in the city have changed, she noted, "and now the recommendations are that we move forward with the N. Old Woodward deck first." The existing parking lot would be demolished. She added that the city's master plan advises for the redevelopment of Bates Street, with a Bates Street connector going through the area behind the N. Old Woodward flat lot.
Rather than having potential developers come up with plans and their own concepts, the city hired noted Birmingham architect Victor Saroki to create conceptual options on how a public/private development could look that the city would prefer. Ecker said that RFQ "would allow for a two-step process, where we would send this out, and they would show how they qualify, what experience they have, their financial ability, how they could work with the government. Then we would pick a few to work with, and invite those to submit a RFP (request for proposal), and we could be very specific about what we want – the activation of the space and the streets. We recognize the economy goes in cycles, and we think this may be the best time to move forward, rather than wait another five years."
Saroki explained that he had come up with two main versions, each with an alternate plan. "It became pretty apparent that this location was the most optimum. It could yield a maximum amount of parking, it created a new street, and it provided the opportunity for new development opportunities, alongside the Willits Building, which is five stories; the Google Building at four stories, and Brookside Terrace, being built, at five stories."...continued on page 2
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