Sidecar Slider Bar was unanimously approved at the Birmingham city commission meeting on Monday, June 24, to take some of the space from adjacent Mexican restaurant Rojo in order for it to expand its seating. Sidecar Slider Bar and Rojo, 250 and 280 E. Merrill Street in downtown Birmingham, are both owned by Stephen Simon, and share a Class C liquor license and kitchen. By city ordinance, in order to change the configuration of the two restaurants, Simon had to request a spec
The contract with The Dailey Company to expand and renovate the Baldwin Public Library's Youth Services area was unanimously approved by the Birmingham City Commission on Monday, June 24, for no more than $1.9 million. The Dailey Company also performed the extension first phase renovation of the Adult Services area of the library in 2016 and 2017. The Youth Services renovation and expansion is the second phase of a three-part renovation of the library, with phase three antici
Fire and medical runs in Bloomfield Township have been increasing over the past 10 years, with 2018 leading the decade in the total number of calls for service, fire officials told the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees on Monday, June 24. Bloomfield Township Fire Department Lt. Kevin Bailey said the department had 6,340 total runs in 2018. Of the total number of runs, nearly half included concurrent incidents, or occurred when the department was responding to two or more
The introduction of a proposed ordinance amendment to address certain outdoor landscape elements and patio amenities was approved on Monday, June 24, by the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees. Andrea Bibby, deputy director of planning, building and ordinance for the township, said the intention of the amendment is to allow for some of the outdoor elements to be approved by the township without requiring residents to go before the zoning board of appeals (ZBA). Currently, t
With more contemporary designs in vogue, there have increasingly been requests for glass to be used for railings, balconies and porches in downtown Birmingham, leading city commissioners to approve its addition to the zoning ordinance at their meeting on Monday, June 24. Birmingham Planning Director Jana Ecker explained that numerous site plan reviews have come before the city's planning board requesting the use of glass railings, but under current zoning for the city's downt
The introduction of an ordinance to require special use permissions for tobacco stores, smoke shops, body art and tattoo studios was approved on Monday, June 24, by the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees. The ordinance, which was set for a public hearing at the board's July 22 meeting, would require those places of business to be at least 750 feet from schools, places of worship, public parks, residential neighborhoods and other youth-orientated activities. The proposed am
The city of Birmingham is hosting a master plan drop-in clinic from Monday, July 8, through Wednesday, July 10, for the public to provide input on the planning process. The master plan drop-in clinic will be held at 255 S. Old Woodward, in the same location where the master plan charrette was held in mid-May, from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day. Planning consultants from DPS Co-Design, who are working with the city of Birmingham on designing the new master plan, along with off
A Birmingham police officer driving by 220 E. Merrill Street around 2 a.m. Friday, June 21, heard yelling and obscenities coming from the Rose Room entrance at discovered a man screaming at the manager and bouncers at the nightclub below the 220 restaurant. The officer learned an ex-employee was attempting to fight with the manager and the bouncers at the Rose Room entrance, and arrested the man, a 32-year-old from Detroit, for disorderly conduct.