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06/30/2015Wis. High Court Upholds Rule Allowing Wind Farm Construction Without Extra Studies

June 30--The state Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the state Public Service Commission in a case involving rules the agency wrote to govern construction of wind farms in the state. In a 5-2 decision, the court upheld lower court rulings that determined a housing impact report did not need to be prepared before the PSC submitted its wind tower siting rules to the Legislature. State law ...
06/29/2015Price Tag on K.C. Convention Hotel Rises to About $311 million

June 29--The projected cost of Kansas City's proposed downtown convention hotel has increased to nearly $311 million, up about $9 million from an earlier estimate, according to documents filed with the Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Commission. That increase is largely due to rising interest rates and a requirement for increased bond reserves, development attorney Mike Burke said Monday. ...
06/29/2015Mo. Hospital To Break Ground on $135M Expansion

June 29--Mercy Hospital Jefferson will break ground Monday on a $135 million project that mainly focuses on adding a new three-story patient tower. The project will make way for all private rooms at the 251-bed facility in Crystal City. Construction will include reconstruction of the front of the hospital to improve patient and visitor access and other extensive remodeling, according to ...
06/29/2015Display Provides Glimpse into Detroit Arena District

June 29--With Detroit's new hockey and events arena under construction, the Ilitch family that will operate the venue has opened a preview center to promote its vision for the entire arena district. Located in the northeast corner of Comerica Park, the 10,000-square-foot center features scale models of the new arena and surrounding district to provide "a fully immersive experience of the ...
06/29/2015In Ruling on Mich Suit, Supreme Court Shoots Down EPA Power Plant Rules

June 29--WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in favor of the state of Michigan's challenge to federal environmental rules regarding mercury and other emissions from power plants, saying the EPA must take costs into account when deciding if such rules are appropriate and necessary. The court split 5-4 in favor of the challenge of the rules, in which Michigan and 22 other states ...
06/25/2015New Chicago Aviation Chief: O'Hare Expansion Is Only the Beginning

June 25--Modern airports from Atlanta to Denver have been "stealing traffic" from O'Hare International Airport, a loss O'Hare can halt only by being more competitive and attractive to fliers, the city's new aviation chief said Wednesday. Outdated management of facilities at O'Hare, misguided attempts by the airlines to jam more flights into the airport during the busiest travel hours and a ...
06/24/2015Mich.'s Largest Solar Project May Signal Shift in Thinking

June 24--DTE Energy aims to develop its largest solar project in Michigan yet, generating up to 50 megawatts, to add to its growing renewable energy portfolio. The new project is expected to be in southeast Michigan and online by the end of next year. "DTE is the largest investor in solar in the state," Irene Dimitry, a DTE vice president, said Tuesday. "The development of a new solar project ...
06/18/2015Mich.'s Largest Egg Producer Plans $43M Expansion

June 18--Here's some eggs-ellent news for Ionia County: Herbruck's Poultry Ranch, the largest egg producer in Michigan and the 13th largest in the U.S., is planning a $43-million expansion. The capital investment also translates into 50 new jobs, according to the Ionia County Economic Alliance, the Grand Rapids-based economic development organization The Right Place and the Michigan Economic ...
06/14/201510 'Dinosaur Buildings' in Detroit in Need of Saviors

June 14--So much has happened to downtown Detroit real estate the past four years that some might assume there are few derelict buildings left to renovate. Yet amid the latest construction activity around Capitol Park and celebrity-studded grand openings on Woodward Avenue, there's a deep roster of big empty buildings and high-rises in need of saviors. Call them downtown's "dinosaur ...
06/16/2015Downtown Convention Hotel Could Be Game-changer for KC

June 16--For nearly a decade, boosters have said that a new convention headquarters hotel was the final project needed to make Kansas City a top-tier convention destination. The lack of that hotel has been cited as a reason Kansas City lost big SkillsUSA and Wal-Mart conventions, is ignored by other large meeting planners and couldn't lure the 2016 Republican National Convention. Now that ...
06/15/2015Year After Opening, Wis. Biomass Plant Offline Six Months

June 15--The $306 million power plant We Energies opened near Wausau to burn wood waste and saw mill scraps didn't run for six straight months from December to late May, as some key plant components were being repaired. The power plant, on the Wisconsin River in Rothschild, is under warranty, and early this year was the best time to address issues for the long term, the utility says. But in ...
06/12/2015Mo. to Study Public-Private Financing of Capital Projects

June 12--JEFFERSON CITY -- The state of Missouri is preparing to select a consultant to look into financing major capital projects through public-private partnerships. But exactly what might be built with the new financing model is a mystery. Six companies submitted bids last month in response to a "request for proposals," or RFP, issued by the state Office of Administration. The RFP says the ...
06/11/2015Action on Mich. Roads Moves to Senate

June 11--LANSING -- Now that the House has passed a $1-billion roads package, the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee said Thursday he'd like to see senators pass parts of the House plan as quickly as possible while they continue work on their own comprehensive roads plan. But Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, said he's not enthused about some of the bills that are part of the roads ...
06/14/2015Mo. Regulators Face Hard Choice Over Renewable Energy Highway

June 14--An uncomfortable decision looms for Missouri regulators, one that pits state property rights against the renewable energy that would help in the fight against climate change. For five years, Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners has worked to win approval for the Grain Belt Express transmission line in the states it would cross: Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The ...
06/08/2015Green Roof Part of Effort to Divert Milwaukee Stormwater Downtown

June 08--Workers and visitors at the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.'s 32-story office tower under construction downtown will be able to look down on a broad patch of green. More than one-third of the roof of a Commons building to be built next to the tower will be covered with perennial and annual plants to absorb at least 36,400 gallons of water in a storm. The flow will be diverted ...
06/11/2015Toyota Breaks Ground on $126M Mich. Tech Center Expansion

June 11--A groundbreaking to expand the Toyota Technical Center near Ann Arbor is further evidence that Michigan is one of two North American pillars for the Japanese automaker in North America. Toyota is investing $126 million to add two more buildings to its complex in York Township. One will be a prototype facility for vehicle development; the second is a supplier center. The powertrain ...
06/10/2015Alternate $2.6B Pipeline Route Would Cross Central Minnesota

June 10--An alternative route for the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline under consideration by state officials would bring the pipeline across Central Minnesota, including parts of Todd, Morrison, Benton and Mille Lacs counties. Last week, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved a certificate of need for the $2.6 billion, 612-mile Enbridge Energy project, which would deliver light ...
06/11/2015Construction in Mo.'s St. Charles County Tops 3.6M Square Feet

June 11--Boosted by a 1.3-million-square-foot facility next to General Motors' assembly plant in Wentzville, construction proposed or underway in St. Charles County tops 3.6 million square feet. That's according to a mid-year report released Wednesday by the Economic Development Center of St. Charles County. NorthPoint Development LLC plans to build the warehouse and subassmbly facility next ...
06/10/2015Commission Approves 313-unit Housing Project Near UW-Madison

June 10--Downtown Madison is getting another huge mixed-use project. The city Plan Commission on Monday night approved a 12-story project proposed by developer Core Campus with 11,740 square feet of commercial and flex space, 367 apartments, and parking for 152 cars, 66 mopeds and 408 bicycles at 510 University Ave. Core Campus would also preserve the front facade of a two-story building at ...
06/05/2015With Energy Legislation Stalled, Ill.'s Electricity Future Up for Grabs

June 05--For months, Illinois has been locked in a struggle over the future of its power market -- from the role nuclear energy will play on the electric grid to how customers will be billed to whether solar and wind will gain a greater foothold in the state. The players angling for an edge in the state's multibillion-dollar electricity economy include Chicago-based Exelon Corp., which wants ...
06/09/2015Madison, Wis., Will Continue Negotiations over Massive Redevelopment Plan

June 09--Encouraged by progress so far, Madison's finance committee on Monday supported more exclusive negotiations with JDS Development and Exact Sciences Corp. on the massive Judge Doyle Square redevelopment Downtown. The city's powerful Board of Estimates encouraged more talks after JDS publicly offered a new approach to some elements of city investment in the redevelopment and the board ...
06/08/2015Renovations Planned for Chicago's Willis Tower

June 08--Willis Tower is set to get more retail and entertainment options and reconfigured office space for tenants, following the acquisition of Chicago's iconic skyscraper by Blackstone Group. A team that will take on the repositioning of the 4.5 million-square-foot tower was announced Monday. The Telos Group will retool Willis' 3.5 million square feet of office space, with the goal of ...
06/04/2015Mich. Senators Meet Behind Closed Doors to Develop Roads Plan

June 04--LANSING -- While a special House committee passed a plan Wednesday to begin addressing Michigan's crumbling roads and bridges, the state Senate Republicans began meeting behind closed doors Thursday to develop their own version of a roads fix. In several private retreats over the next few weeks, Senate Republicans, who hold a 27-11 majority in the chamber, will look at three areas: ...
06/05/2015Right-to-work Proponents in Mo. Legislature Face Uphill Battle

June 05--JEFFERSON CITY -- The summer months could prove trying for Missouri lawmakers hoping to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a controversial "right-to-work" measure. Nixon on Thursday vetoed the bill that would bar workers from being required to join unions and prohibit unions from collecting fees from nonmembers, calling the bill a threat to unionized workers and wages. "For ...
06/04/2015Kansas City to Require Owners of Large Buildings to Report Energy Consumption

June 04--Kansas City will join 13 other cities nationwide in requiring owners of the city's largest buildings to monitor and report their energy consumption within a few years. Over the strenuous objections of some major property managers and developers, the Kansas City Council voted 12-1 Thursday to require the energy and water use measurements, which are much like mileage disclosures on ...

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