Week of 2.20.17

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Bates Street Society Dinner

The Community House Board of Directors welcomed 200 to the second annual dinner ($200, $250 tickets) honoring significant donors ($25,000 plus). It also saluted community Pillars of Vibrancy who were toasted at a preliminary champagne reception. The 2017 Pillars are: Culture - architect Victor Saroki and publisher of Downtown Publications David Hohendorf; Wellness - Richard Astrein and Beaumont Hospital President Rosanna Morris; Philanthropy - Lois Shaevsky and George Miller; Education - Margaret Matthes. They were eulogized by house CEO/President Bill Seklar and received tribute pins from past pillars before joining the dinner crowd.
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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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Two of three bistro plans move forward

At the Birmingham Planning Board meeting on Wednesday, February 22, two of the three proposed 2017 bistro candidates, Adachi and Whole Foods, had their final site plan and special land use permits moved forward to a future city commission meeting for final approval, while the third candidate, Lincoln Yard, was asked to come back on Wednesday, March 8, for more details, although planning board members were also supportive of the bistro concept....more>

Delayed Old Woodward road project

While Birmingham had anticipated beginning its major infrastructure improvements for Old Woodward in the downtown area starting in early March, the reconstruction of the roadway is now scheduled to begin in May, continuing through September, according to city engineer Paul O'Meara....more>

Custom homes project receives support

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....more>

Birmingham looks at municipal year ahead

The Birmingham City Commission held its annual long-range planning meeting on Saturday, January 28, where they discussed upcoming sewer projects, alley maintenance, a citywide master plan update, opportunities for more crosswalks on Woodward, the park's master plan, system updates for the police department, and how the shopping district is planning for upcoming road construction work in the city's downtown....more>

Proposed township subdivision shot down

A preliminary plat proposal to create five single family residential lots into a cul-de-sac subdivision from vacant property that front Franklin Road south of Hickory Grove Road, just north of Bloomfield Hills Schools' E.L Johnson Nature Center, was unanimously denied by the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees on Monday, January 23....more>

Rail District boundaries determined

An effort to clarify the boundaries of the city's Rail District to include the upcoming Whole Foods Market was unanimously approved by the Birmingham City Commission on Monday, February 13, but an effort to amend an ordinance to allow the use of an economic development liquor license at the site was shot down....more>

Two Birmingham stores to merge

Lark & Company, a general store concept in downtown Birmingham, will close and re-open as a larger and expanded Suhm-Thing, with the combined store featuring Michigan-centered merchandise along with the best of what Lark had carried, according to David Zawicki, owner of both stores. ...more>

Birmingham looking for volunteers

Birmingham city officials have announced openings on several boards and committees, representing a wide range of opportunities and interests. ...more>

Birmingham's BoConcept closes

BoConcept, a modern design furniture store founded in Denmark in 1952, which had a store in Birmingham at 670 S. Old Woodward Avenue, closed that location at the end of December....more>

Liquor licenses permitted for theaters

Birmingham city commissioners unanimously approved amending the city's liquor license ordinance to create a new category to allow liquor licenses in theaters in downtown Birmingham at their meeting on Monday, February 13....more>
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