In a move to assist Birmingham restaurants during a trying economic time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Birmingham City Commissioners, at their meeting on Monday, August 24, unanimously approved a resolution that will allow them to continue offering outdoor dining throughout the winter, as well as allowing them to provide temporary enclosures against the weather.
Birmingham City Manager Joe Valentine explained, “We previously put before you a set a of initiatives to help our
In light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and related economic fallout, Birmingham City Commissioners approved extending free parking in the city's five parking structures from September 1 through December 31, 2020, and charging a one-time fee for permit holders of $100 to keep their permits, at their meeting on Monday, August 24.
Assistant city manager Tiffany Gunter said the ad hoc parking committee had met and reviewed the current parking situation in the city. On str
Birmingham City Commissioners on Monday, August 24, unanimously accepted a report from the city's public arts board on how art can enhance terminating vistas.
City planner Brooks Cowan explained that terminating vistas are identified in the downtown overlay district as buildings or structures that terminate a view with architectural features of enhanced character and visibility. The public arts board created a report which included an inventory of terminating vistas and rec
Birmingham's popular Luxe Bistro came before the city's planning board on Wednesday, August 26, seeking to amend its special land use permit and receive final site plan and design review approvals to expand into the adjacent former shoe store in order to enhance its functionality and add spacing between tables during the coronavirus pandemic.
Planning board members unanimously supported their requests, recommending approval by the city commission.
Planning director Jana E
The Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved amending its forfeiture fund budget, adding an increase of $53,000, at its meeting on Monday, August 24.
The original line item was expected to be $20,000.
The increase will allow for the Bloomfield Township Police Department to purchase new furniture for its dispatch center. The current furniture is in disrepair and falling apart, and the company no longer makes replacement parts, Jason Theis, township finan
Bloomfield Township Trustees on Monday, August 24, unanimously approved a new zoning ordinance which will permit basketball apparatuses and play structures in the township.
“If we’re a family community then we should do what we can to ensure that there is enjoyment for the kids in their own yards,” said supervisor Leo Savoie.
Previously, residents had to apply to the zoning board of appeals (ZBA) in order to install basketball hoops and play structures, as they were consi
An amendment to the development agreement for the Village at Bloomfield was unanimously approved by the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees at their meeting on Monday, August 24, permitting wall signage for a new Planet Fitness at the development.
Planet Fitness received approval from the Joint Development Council, which oversees the development of Village at Bloomfield, on June 17, to build a new 30,048 square foot gym at 1935 S. Telegraph Road. Redico is the developer a
Bloomfield Township Republican trustee candidate Don Valente, who had a warrant issued by the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday, August 18, will appear in 48th District Court on Friday, September 11, for theft of campaign signs valued at less than $200.
Valente, a retired attorney, has been accused of stealing 50 to 60 campaign signs during the primary election. The crime is a misdemeanor, punishable by 93 days in jail and/or $500, or three times the value of
A Bloomfield Township resident reported a handgun was stolen from the glove box of her car on Thursday, August 20.
Police responded to the 3000 block of Thornbrier Way, where the resident informed them that the day prior she had parked her 2016 GMC Acadia in the driveway, where it had stayed overnight. She left for work the next day and found the contents of the glove box on the floor of the vehicle gone, which had included a .357 Ruger handgun.
She said believed her veh
A man who left his truck behind the BP Gas Station onTelegraph Road in Bloomfield Township came back to find it stolen on Tuesday, August 18.
The victim told police that he had parked his 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck unlocked and behind the gas station, located at 4099 Telegraph Road, around 3 p.m. The windows were rolled down and the keys had been left in the cup holder.
After an hour-and-a-half, he came back and discovered his vehicle was missing.
The truck was later f