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09/15/2014Three Wayne County Officials Indicted Over Stalled $300M Jail Project in Detroit

Sept. 15--A grand jury indicted three people in the investigation into the Wayne County Jail fiasco. Indicted are former chief financial officer Carla Sledge; Steven Collins, a top Wayne County lawyer; and former construction manager Anthony Parlovecchio. Sledge and Collins are both charged with misconduct in office, a 5-year felony and willful neglect of duty, a one-year misdemeanor. ...
09/11/2014New St. Croix Bridge in Minn. Coming Together, Piece by Piece

Sept. 11--The new St. Croix River bridge is becoming the biggest show in Washington County. Every day, thousands of drivers gawk at the outdoor factory for bridge parts along busy Minnesota 36. Another temporary factory, the size of a jet hangar, has been created on Grey Cloud Island. Vertical supports for the bridge -- which will connect Oak Park Heights and Houlton, Wis. -- are now rising ...
09/10/2014Vikings: 'No More Wiggle Room' in Stadium Construction Schedule

Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The latest construction schedule for the Minnesota Vikings $1 billion stadium leaves "no more wiggle room," a team official said Wednesday. Minnesota Vikings vice president Lester Bagley told The Associated Press that the new "substantial completion" date of July 29 will be cutting it close. It has slid by a full month since an initial schedule was ...
09/09/2014Chicago City Council Approves Resolution Targeting Crude Oil Rail Shipments

Sept. 09--A joint Chicago City Council committee approved a resolution today calling on the federal government to impose more stringent restrictions on the shipments of crude oil by train than were proposed in July by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The action would put Chicago in the forefront of communities across the nation demanding tighter controls on the shipment of flammable ...
09/09/2014Detroit Council Rejects Land Sale for Detroit-Windsor Bridge

Sept. 09--The Detroit City Council today unanimously rejected emergency manager Kevyn Orr's proposal to sell a large section of land in southwest Detroit to the state for the new bridge to Windsor. The city's operations chief already has said Orr will approve the deal for $1.4 million, anyway, a power he has as emergency manager under Public Act 436. But the council's rejection exposed ...
09/10/2014Blair Kamin: Jeanne Gang to Help Plan Chicago Museum Campus

Sept. 10--The Chicago Park District has tapped acclaimed architect Jeanne Gang to help it develop a long-range plan for the Museum Campus, the district will announce Wednesday. The plan takes on added import because Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to give "Star Wars" creator George Lucas 17 acres just south of the lakefront campus for the filmmaker's proposed museum of narrative art. On the peninsula ...
09/10/2014Feds Give Detroit Rail $12.2M

Sept. 10--WASHINGTON -- With work continuing on the tracks that will one day make up the M-1 Rail streetcar line along Woodward Avenue in Detroit, word came Tuesday that the long-delayed project will get an additional $12.2 million in funding from the federal government. The funding -- which will come through what's known as a federal TIGER grant -- had been anticipated by M-1 officials, but ...
09/10/2014Firm Shaves $40M Off Price in Pitch to Finish Mich. County Jail

Sept. 10--The company overseeing the construction of the stalled Wayne County Jail is seeking a last-minute deal with county officials to finish the building and have offered to reduce the final price tag by $40 million, people close to the project told the Free Press. The move by AECOM Services of Michigan comes within days of finding out whether a one-man grand jury has detected criminal ...
09/10/2014Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority Seeking Bids for Services

Sept. 10--The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, the entity that will build a new government bridge between Canada and the Motor City, is seeking bids for suppliers to help it get organized. The Windsor Star was reporting this week that initial requests issued Tuesday, known as tenders, were asking for proposals and quotations on computer services, office space, website development, and more. ...
09/09/2014Righting an Architectural Wrong from the 1950s in Downtown Detroit

Sept. 09--It's been called the worst act of architectural vandalism in Detroit's history. But, at least in a small way, it appears to be on the way to being reversed. Back in 1958, a chunk of stone fell off a cornice of an older building at 1448 Woodward, killing an 80-year-old woman on the street below. The City of Detroit responded with a new ordinance requiring the inspection of all ...
09/09/2014Deal Reached to Overhaul Detroit Water Agency

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit water department would be turned into a regional agency with a 10-year limit on annual rate increases and an infusion of millions of dollars from the suburbs, under a deal the mayor and other officials announced Tuesday. Only two of the governing board's six members would be appointed by Detroit, but rate increases would need approval from five. The Water and ...
09/06/2014Detroit's Vacant Metropolitan Building Getting a Makeover

Sept. 06--Covered with vandals' graffiti and time's neglect, the Metropolitan Building stands sandwiched in between signs of progress in downtown Detroit. The Boll Family YMCA, the Detroit Opera House, swanky lofts, the newly built the Z parking garage and the under-construction M-1 Rail along Woodward are all just steps away from the grand building. But on Friday, on a debris-strewn balcony ...
09/06/2014Downtown Residential Developers Hop on Milwaukee Streetcar Plans

Sept. 06--When Milwaukee's new Avenir apartment development begins its marketing campaign, the project's Internet site will include a reference to the city's nearby planned streetcar route. It won't be a big deal, because developer Stewart Wangard doesn't want to overemphasize that point with construction yet to start on the streetcar. But the building's Park East location is within about two ...
09/08/2014Chicago Spire Developer Looks at Additional Financial Backers

Sept. 08--Chicago Spire developer Garrett Kelleher wants to widen his search for money that will get his company out of bankruptcy and potentially restart work at the famed hole in the ground near the city's lakefront. Kelleher's Shelbourne North Water Street L.P. admitted in court documents filed late last week that it and Atlas Apartment Holdings LLC have "throughout the last five months ... ...
09/02/2014Deadlines Near in Chicago Spire Bankruptcy Case

Sept. 02--The next chapter in the story of the Chicago Spire site will be written during the next few weeks, as creditors get their say in developer Garrett Kelleher's plan to exit bankruptcy protection and restart the project. During hearings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court last week, Judge Janet Baer approved the distribution of Shelbourne North Water Street LP's proposed bankruptcy plan to ...
08/31/2014Twin Cities Construction Boom Means Higher Bids for Cities' Improvement Plans

Aug. 31--Minnesota's largest park system got an unpleasant surprise this summer when it sent out bids for a job to expand one of its vast network of metro area trails. Only one contractor responded when Three Rivers Park District advertised its project for a 2.4-mile link on its Crystal Lake Regional Trail, far fewer than expected. And that one came in at $2.8 million, more than $1 million ...
08/29/2014Duke Energy Proposes $1.9B Indiana Power Grid Upgrade

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Duke Energy asked state regulators Friday to approve a nearly $2 billion upgrade of its Indiana electric grid, improvements the utility said would help reduce power outages by adding "self-healing" smart technologies to the grid. Duke is Indiana's largest electric utility, with more than 800,000 customers. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company asked the Indiana ...
08/30/2014Timeline Tight for Approval of Ill.'s Proposed Fracking Rules

Aug. 30--In combing through the more than 30,000 comments it received this year on proposed rules for a new fracking industry in the state, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources had its hands full. Some people want to ban fracking, which involves injecting fluids and chemicals at high volumes to crack open shale rock and unleash oil and natural gas. Others pointed out loopholes in ...
08/28/2014Red Wings Arena Project Starts Recruiting Detroit Contractors

Aug. 28--Detroit's planned arena district development took a step closer to reality today as the Ilitch Holdings team began briefing Detroit-based contractors on how they can participate in the project. Working with the City of Detroit, the Ilitch family's Olympia Development has set a goal of using 30% Detroit-based firms as contractors for the arena district and hiring 51% of construction ...
08/27/2014Ill. Fracking Rules to Become Public Friday

Aug. 27--Long-anticipated rules that would govern a new fracking industry in Illinois, are expected to become public Friday. Those rules could be approved as early as next month, opening the door to oil and gas drillers to apply for permits to begin drilling the state's shale rock in search of oil reserves. Lawmakers are hoping that an oil boom in the southern part of the state will fatten ...
08/26/2014Proposed $199-M St. Louis Bond Issue Put on Hold

Aug. 26--ST. LOUIS -- A proposed $199.5 million bond issue to fund infrastructure improvements in the city has been put on hold. Officials had hoped to put the real estate tax increase measure in front of voters by this month. Political disagreements pushed the item back to November, and now officials say it won't appear on a ballot until next year. Last month, an aldermanic committee gave ...
08/27/2014500 More Detroit Apartments Under Way

Aug. 27--Nearly 500 more market-rate apartments near Detroit's downtown moved closer to construction today as developers gamble that the area's growth in rental housing will continue. State development officials approved $12 million in Brownfield redevelopment financing today for three projects: the 290-unit Orleans Landing on the near-east riverfront; the 185-unit DuCharme Place in Lafayette ...
08/26/2014BRIEF: NYS Gives Gap Inc. $12M Tax Break to Expand in Dutchess County

Aug. 26--ALBANY -- Gap Inc. is getting $12 million in tax breaks from the state to spend $96 million expanding its distribution center in Fishkill in Dutchess County. The tax breaks will be in exchange for Gap adding 1,200 jobs at the 2.3 million-square-foot distribution center over the next five years. -- Larry Rulison
08/26/2014Mich. Landfill Suspends Receipt of Low-Level Radioactive Waste

Aug. 26--A Van Buren Township hazardous-waste landfill operator, slated to receive up to 36 tons of low-level radioactive waste from a Pennsylvania fracking company, announced Monday that it will suspend receipt of such materials from all oil and gas operations pending a review by the state. EQ, a USEcology company, made its determination as Gov. Rick Snyder announced plans to form a panel of ...
08/24/2014CEO of Detroit-Windsor Bridge Authority Says Procurement on New Span To Begin in 2015

Aug. 24--Michael Cautillo, 59, recently took over as president and CEO of the new Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, the Canadian entity that will build a new span between Windsor and Detroit. So far, he's a staff of one, but he'll be building his team soon to ready the massive effort to build the bridge, which barring unforeseen delays will connect the two cities about two miles downstream ...

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