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04/14/2015Detroit City Council Delays Vote on Red Wings Arena Again

April 14--The Detroit City Council once again pushed back a crucial vote needed to start construction of the new Red Wings arena, raising concerns from the developer that further delays beyond next week could jeopardize the arena's planned opening in 2017. The council voted 6-3 on Monday to postpone the vote on a rezoning proposal until next Tuesday's council meeting. More time is needed ...
04/13/2015Cross-state Transmission Line Developers Submit Plans to Ill.

April 13--Developers behind a cross-state transmission line project submitted plans to Illinois regulators for the portion of the line that crosses the state from Missouri to Indiana. Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners has been working for years on several large electricity transmission projects, including the 780-mile Grain Belt Express line. Clean Line aims to cash in on wind energy ...
04/13/2015New High-rise Apartments Planned for Kansas City's Crossroads District

April 13--Copaken Brooks and EPC Real Estate Group said today that they expect to begin construction this fall on the first-ever high-rise built-from-scratch apartment building in the Crossroads District. A 12-story, 125-unit tower, named ARTerra, is planned for 21st and Wyandotte streets. The project is slated to include a three-story parking garage and 2,000 square feet of retail space on ...
04/13/2015City Council Expected to Vote on Detroit Hockey Arena Today

April 13--The Detroit City Council is set to vote this afternoon on a rezoning request needed to start full construction of the new Red Wings arena. The vote was expected last week but postponed to ensure the request, which involves detailed architectural drawings and companion legislation, is properly written and without any technical errors. The council meeting is at 1 p.m. at the Coleman A. ...
04/14/2015Jeanne Gang-Designed Skyscraper Could be Third-tallest—or Fifth-tallest—in Chicago

April 14--The outlines of what could be Chicago's third-tallest skyscraper came into sharp focus Monday when the project's developers unveiled their latest plan for the riverfront tower -- a trio of interconnected high-rises that would bring stacks of undulating glass to the city's skyline. Backed by China's Wanda Group and Chicago's Magellan Development Group the new version of the tower ...
04/14/2015Plans Advance for 308-acre Business Park Near Kenosha, Wis.

April 14--A Chicago-area firm's proposal for a 308-acre business park near Kenosha has won its first approval. First Industrial Realty Trust Inc. wants to develop light industrial buildings on what is now farm land east of 88th Ave./Highway H and north of 38th St./Highway S, in the Town of Somers. The Plan Commission at its Monday night meeting recommended approval of First Industrial's ...
04/15/2015Construction to Begin on Long-delayed Wauwatosa, Wis., Hotel

April 15--Construction is to begin in May on a long-delayed hotel project at Wauwatosa's Innovation Campus development. Jacksonville, Ill.-based Hospitality Specialists Inc. is developing a 128-room Marriott Residence Inn about one block north of W. Watertown Plank Road, east of Discovery Parkway. It will take 15 to 18 months to complete the hotel, said David Gilbert, president of the ...
04/16/2015Petition Urges Milwaukee Officials to Commit More for Arena

April 16--An online petition calling on Mayor Tom Barrett and the city to make a significant investment in a new downtown arena does not have the support of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. The petition urges Barrett "to show leadership and make a significant investment in a new downtown arena." "If the (Milwaukee) Bucks leave it will be a black eye to Milwaukee. It will be ...
04/17/2015Blair Kamin: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Fights for Survival

April 17--The board of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency on Thursday assailed Gov. Bruce Rauner's push to eliminate the agency, saying the move could force some state historic sites to close and would hinder a program that has helped generate more than $1 billion in construction spending. "Governor Rauner and the General Assembly have a difficult task in trying to deal with the state's ...
04/17/2015Ill. Gov Faces Challenge With Proposed Lake County Tollway

April 17--Along with solving the state's budget deficit and pension crisis, Gov. Bruce Rauner has another multibillion-dollar decision on his to-do list: Whether to green-light the controversial extension of Route 53 through Lake County. County officials are urging that the Illinois Tollway adopt the long-debated project, which advocates say would alleviate acute congestion on county roads. ...
04/09/2015Engineering Firm Issues Report on Causes of Stains on St. Louis Gateway Arch

April 09--ST. LOUIS -- Mysterious stains on the surface of the Gateway Arch are caused from the monument's original construction, residue accumulation, and graffiti, according to an engineering report released on Thursday. But don't expect the dirt and stains to be swept away. A National Park Service official said on Thursday an overall cleaning of the monument is "not feasible." The report, ...
04/07/2015Lawsuit Threatened if St. Louis Helps Pay for New NFL Stadium

April 07--ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis University legal team has demanded the city of St. Louis reveal plans to use public money to pay for a new downtown football stadium, and schedule a public vote, or expect a lawsuit. The letter threatens to further cloud the financing of Gov. Jay Nixon's $985 million riverfront arena proposal, and hopes of keeping the National Football League in St. Louis. ...
04/06/2015Milwaukee Urban League Backs Public Financing for Bucks Arena

April 06--The Milwaukee Urban League announced Monday that it supports a downtown arena plan that is financed with both private and public funds. Ralph Hollmon, the league's president and CEO, said the proposed arena could have a significant economic impact on the city, region and state. In addition, Hollmon said, the Milwaukee Bucks "want to have significant minority hiring and contractor ...
04/07/2015Detroit Council Vote on Red Wings Arena Postponed Again

April 07--The Detroit City Council postponed an expected vote today on a rezoning request needed to build the new Red Wings arena. Council members explained the delay was needed to review documents attached to the proposal, some of which didn't arrive until late Monday. The council's second-ranking member, George Cushingberry Jr., said he has counted the votes and is "75% sure" the measure to ...
04/03/2015Federal judge denies rooftop owners' request, lets Wrigley renovations continue

April 03--Allowing the Cubs to continue with all of their renovations of Wrigley Field, a federal judge on Thursday denied a request by two nearby rooftop businesses for the Cubs to stop installation of their right-field video-board. The Cubs said this week the video-board won't be done until July, but the ruling avoids another setback for the team's $375 million overhaul of Wrigley Field. The ...
03/28/2015Chicago's Old Esquire Theater Sells for $176M

March 28--The former Esquire Theater, home to an upscale steakhouse and luxury designers, has been sold to a Spanish investor with an appetite for fast fashion. Ponte Gadea, the investment arm of the Spanish fashion mogul behind Zara, paid $176 million for the property at 58-104 E. Oak St., according to Cook County property records. The deal closed Feb. 26. The company bought the property from ...
03/31/2015Wis. Adds 7,500 Construction Jobs Over Past Year

March 31--Wisconsin was among 45 states and the District of Columbia to add construction jobs between February 2014 and February 2015, though it gave back some of the gain between January and February of this year, according to an analysis of federal data released Friday by the Associated General Contractors of America. Jobs tracked by AGC for this data are both union and non-union and fall ...
04/01/2015Prevailing Wage Repeal May Be Tucked into Wis. State Budget

April 01--Repeal of Wisconsin's requirement that workers on government projects be paid state-mandated wages may be added to the state budget rather than debated as separate legislation, its Assembly sponsor said Wednesday. Rep. Rob Hutton, R-Brookfield, told reporters that Republicans who control the Legislature are debating whether to add repeal of the state's prevailing wage laws to the ...
04/03/2015OPINTION: Illiana Tollway Findings Disappoint, Then Disappear

April 03--Illinois taxpayers spent $112,500 last year for a study to determine whether the proposed Illiana toll road would qualify for a key federal construction loan. But then-Gov. Pat Quinn didn't get the answer he was looking for, and the information ended up in a drawer, or a wastebasket, or something. This came to light thanks to reporting from Greg Hinz at Crain's Chicago Business. ...
04/05/2015Why Everyone Has Started Building a Detroit Hotel

April 05--Downtown Detroit's hotel market has for decades faced the same problem: How to attract guests year-round and not just during the auto show and other special events. Now, with downtown's revitalization picking up speed, hoteliers are betting big that there will be more paying guests to fill hundreds of more rooms. The city's hotel market is in the midst of a growth spurt as developers ...
03/29/2015Wis. Lawmakers Eye End to State's Prevailing Wage Laws

March 29--Wisconsin's Republican-run Legislature is poised to eliminate an 80-year-old requirement that workers on local and state government building and road projects be paid a prevailing wage set by the state. The Assembly sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Rob Hutton, R-Brookfield, said a majority of his GOP colleagues in both houses favor eliminating three state laws requiring payment of ...
03/30/2015Mo. Stuck With Crumbling Roads, Reluctance to Pay For Repairs

March 30--JEFFERSON CITY -- Just about everyone in Missouri politics agrees that the state badly needs an infusion of cash to fix thousands of miles of crumbling highways and scores of increasingly rickety bridges. Finding consensus on where that money should come from hasn't come so easy. Halfway through the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers have yet to coalesce around a plan to make up a ...
03/26/2015Detroit Red Wings Arena Developer to Address Parking Concerns

March 26--The developer of the new Red Wings arena is expected to resume discussions with the Detroit City Council today about construction of the arena amid concerns from some elected officials about where downtown visitors will park. A parking garage to be built next to the new Red Wings arena will house a fraction of incoming game traffic, pushing thousands of patrons to several existing ...
03/27/2015Mo. Utility Settles Lawsuit Over Water Well Contamination

March 27--Ameren Missouri has joined a group of companies that are keeping chemicals from polluting St. Charles' drinking water wells. The utility settled a lawsuit last month with several companies in charge of cleaning up contamination at the nearby Hayford Bridge Road Superfund site. Those companies -- Pfizer Inc., Mallinckrodt LLC, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Findett Real Estate Corp -- ...
03/24/2015Northwestern Mutual to Pour Foundation for 32-story Office Tower

March 24--Fifty cement trucks will be hauling loads to the construction site of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.'s 32-story office tower around the clock starting Friday as crews pour concrete for 27 consecutive hours to form the building's foundation. The company said the foundation pouring stage of the project begins at 7 p.m. Friday and is scheduled to end about 10 p.m. Saturday. ...

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