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10/28/2014State Approves Cash for Detroit Hotel Project

Oct. 28--A plan to turn the old Detroit Fire Department headquarters near Cobo Center into a boutique hotel took a big step forward today. The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $5.84 million investment in the project. The hotel project is estimated to cost $28 million and will create almost 100 jobs. The project will convert the former fire department headquarters and an adjacent vacant ...
10/29/2014Wis. Seeks Bids for Replacement of Aging State Transportation Dept. Building

Oct. 29--MADISON -- Gov. Scott Walker's administration is seeking bids on a nearly $200 million replacement to its aging Transportation Department headquarters on Madison's west side, with the state perhaps picking a winning contractor before the next governor is sworn in. But officials won't sign the agreement until after the swearing in. The state requested proposals from developers for the ...
10/29/2014Detroit-to-Chicago High-Speed Rail Plan: 110mph, 10 Daily Trips

Oct. 29--A completed high-speed rail corridor between Chicago and Detroit could boost round-trip passenger train service between the two cities from the current three daily trips to 10 by 2035 at speeds of 110 m.p.h., according to preliminary planning on the project. The higher speeds would also cut the 5 hour, 38 minute trip by almost two hours, and reduce 20 minutes from the leg that ...
10/26/2014S.E. Mich Sewer Overflows Hit 10B Gallons During Storm

Oct. 26--Almost 10 billion gallons of sewer overflows poured into southeast Michigan's waters in the historic August flooding, according to a Free Press review of data from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. That number includes more than 44 million gallons of raw sewage from sanitary sewers and almost 3 billion gallons from combined sewer and storm water systems, all untreated, ...
10/26/2014AECOM Blames Wayne County, Mich., For Failed Jail Project

Oct. 26--A design and engineering firm being sued by Wayne County for massive cost overruns at the new jail project is firing back, saying incompetence by county officials and turmoil among the county's staff are responsible for wasting millions of dollars and stalling the project for more than a year. In more than 700 pages of court documents obtained by the Free Press, lawyers for AECOM, the ...
10/24/2014EPA Approves Mo. Water Quality Rules

Oct. 24--New state water quality standards that added protections to thousands of miles of Missouri streams received federal approval Thursday in a major step toward ending decades of noncompliance with the 1972 Clean Water Act. The new Missouri rules were part of a sweeping overhaul of state clean water regulations that added specific pollutant limits to 90,000 miles of previously unprotected ...
10/23/2014$92M Restoration of Burnham-designed Detroit Skyscraper Almost Complete

Oct. 23--A new French-American style restaurant called the Grand Cirque Brasserie will open early next year in the newly remade David Whitney Building near Grand Circus Park, developers announced today. The latest of Detroit's architectural gems to be restored, the David Whitney Building was built in 1915 and designed by the firm of famed Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. The 19-story tower ...
10/22/2014Mo,, Ill. Drop in Energy Efficiency Rankings

Oct. 22--Missouri is among the worst-ranked states for energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, falling to 44th in the group's annual scorecard ranking. ACEEE's annual ranking is one of the more comprehensive energy efficiency policy surveys in the country. The study, released Wednesday, looked at 2013 conditions. Last year, when the study looked at ...
10/19/2014Aging Upper Mich. Power Plant's Fate Will Cost Region Millions

Oct. 19--Michigan's entire Upper Peninsula is facing an energy crisis. To ensure a stable power supply, a regional electrical power grid authority has ordered Wisconsin-based We Energies to keep running the nearly 60-year-old, coal-fired Presque Isle Power Plant it operates -- but wants to close -- near Marquette. And that's causing chaos. It has triggered a more than $8-million-per-month cost ...
10/15/2014Site Work Begins on Notre Dame's $400M Campus Crossroads Project

Oct. 15--SOUTH BEND -- The Fighting Irish home football season doesn't end until Nov. 22, but site preparation work has started around Notre Dame Stadium for the $400 million Campus Crossroads project. The areas immediately east and west of the football stadium are now surrounded by fences. Large trees are being removed and heavy equipment is being used to move dirt and break up concrete ...
10/16/2014$575M Renovation Project at Wrigley Field in Full Swing

CHICAGO (AP) — Construction equipment is starting to take big bites out of Wrigley Field's exterior outfield walls. The demolition of the famous bleachers at the historic ballpark in Chicago is part of a project to build a large electronic sign and six other outfield signs. Chicago Cubs spokesman Julian Green said Thursday that the affected walls won't be rebuilt for several weeks. He says the ...
10/16/2014Ill. Landowners Sue Over Fracking Delay

Oct. 16--Landowners in Southern Illinois are suing Gov. Pat Quinn and the head of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, saying the state's delays in issuing permits for horizontal hydraulic fracturing are unconstitutional. The Wayne County landowners, which are seeking class action status, leased their land to oil and gas developers in anticipation of fracking in the state, but the ...
10/16/2014Plan For Former Sears' HQ Takes Shape in Chicago

Oct. 16--On Chicago's West Side, massive structures that once housed Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s headquarters remain reasonably well-preserved but empty since redevelopment efforts a decade ago fell victim to the housing crash. Now, a financing agreement approved last week by the Chicago City Council is moving forward a $55 million plan to redevelop one of the stately brick buildings in part of the ...
10/15/2014No Fracking Without Court Order: Ill. DNR

Oct. 15--The director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources testified Tuesday that if state legislators do not act to set rules governing horizontal hydraulic fracturing the agency will not issue fracking permits "absent a court order to the contrary." The rules were on the agenda Tuesday of the 12-member Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, but the committee defered action until ...
10/10/2014Decision Expected Soon on Detroit Stadium Redevelopment

Oct. 10--City development officials are expected to choose soon between two proposals to redevelop the portion of the old Tiger Stadium site not being taken by the Detroit Police Athletic League. Detroit PAL reached agreement with the city recently to build its new headquarters and related facilities on the western and northern edges of the site while preserving the historic playing field for ...
10/12/2014Mich's Wind Energy Industry Soaring

Oct. 12--The shift to renewable energy sources in Michigan -- particularly wind -- has picked up in the past few years and could get more of a boost as the Obama administration seeks a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, advocates and utility companies say. That could mean more investment and more jobs to add to Michigan's modest energy sector profile of about 83,000 workers. ...
10/12/2014Rebuilding Boom Coming at Michigan Power Plants

Oct. 12--Efforts to battle global warming and climate change by limiting carbon dioxide emissions are likely to produce a massive building boom at Michigan power plants in years to come, potentially creating thousands of jobs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is refining its proposed clean air regulations that would require states to dramatically lower output of greenhouse gases over ...
10/07/2014St. Paul To Replace Snelling Ave. Bridge in 2015

Oct. 07--The utility work currently taking place along Snelling Avenue in St. Paul is just the beginning. As part of a lengthy road resurfacing project, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will demolish and replace the Snelling Avenue bridge deck over Interstate 94 next year, leaving the intersection closed for three months. The major bridge work will take place next spring between St. ...
10/09/2014Chicago Lawmakers Seek O'Hare Express Train to Union Station, McCormick Place

Oct. 09--Five aldermen well-versed in Chicago's transportation issues on Wednesday called for yet another study to examine the feasibility and cost of launching high-quality airport express train service for O'Hare International Airport, Union Station and McCormick Place. The proposal for the speedy, upscale service to be operated by Metra or Amtrak -- or possibly under a public-private ...
10/08/2014Chicago Hotel Development Vote Back On After Snag

Oct. 08--Chicago aldermen on Wednesday are set to consider granting zoning approval for a boutique South Loop hotel proposal that hit a bump over negotiations between the builder and a labor union that wants an agreement guaranteeing the right to organize hotel workers. McHugh Construction will present plans to the City Council Zoning Committee to build a 500-room hotel and adjacent six-story ...
10/07/2014Chicago Spire Bankruptcy Nears End, New Investor Emerges

Oct. 07--A bankruptcy reorganization plan for the company behind the Chicago Spire was confirmed in federal court Tuesday, as a new potential investment partner emerged in developer Garrett Kelleher's quest to complete the famously unfinished project. During a confirmation hearing in federal bankruptcy court in Chicago, attorneys for Kelleher's Shelbourne North Water Street and its financial ...
10/01/2014Microsoft Wind Farm Breaks Ground in Ill.

Oct. 01--A new wind farm that will supply power to Microsoft Corp. for the next 20 years broke ground Wednesday in Kankakee before a crowd of more than 100. The 175-megawatt Pilot Hill Wind Project is being constructed 60 miles outside Chicago along the border of Kankakee and Iroquois counties. The farm joins a recent trend by corporations looking to supply their power needs with renewable ...
10/03/2014Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Plans to Build Minn.'s Largest Solar Power Project

Oct. 03--The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is planning the largest solar power installation in Minnesota to date. The $25.4 million project, announced Thursday at an airport news conference that included Gov. Mark Dayton and explorer and climate activist Will Steger, is expected to generate nearly 20 percent of the airport's electricity after its completion in the fall of 2015. ...
10/02/2014Chicago Spire Bankruptcy Plan Wins Creditor Support

Oct. 02--The votes are in, and creditors tied to the Chicago Spire, the infamous project that has yet to be, like the proposed reorganization plan. All creditors authorized to vote on Shelbourne North Water Street LP's reorganization plan cast ballots in favor of the plan, according to a report filed Wednesday night in federal court in Chicago. The vote is a step forward in a complicated, ...
10/02/2014Ameren to Replace Two Mo. Coal Plants With Gas, Renewables

Oct. 02--Ameren Missouri predicts big additions of wind and natural gas to replace two coal plants it will retire during the next 20 years, and it expects to add another 10 megawatts of utility-scale solar by 2016. The utility's energy plans are part of a comprehensive generation plan it is required to prepare for regulators every three years. Its 2014 plan lays out the beginnings of a move ...

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