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December 2013 Archives

Detroit prepares for Lawrence Tech Building

A large downtown building project will commence soon when Midtown Detroit Inc. breaks ground on a 30,000-square-foot commercial building on Woodward Avenue and West Willis Street. The anchor tenant for the commercial property will be Lawrence Technological University.

Property owners end lease after allegations against tenant

Property owners leasing space to a spa that was allegedly involved in prostitution in Michigan has come to an agreement with prosecutors. On Dec. 20, prosecutors submitted the agreement, which ended the lease, to a Genesee Circuit judge. Previously, on Dec. 11, a county prosecutor received a temporary restraining order for the closure of the spa due to the prostitution allegations. The owners of the commercial property were not available for comment.

Possible compromise in Michigan property dispute

Plans for two apartment buildings in Eastown hit a snag when community stakeholders became concerned about the loss of commercial possibilities in the properties. Stakeholders included local community and business organizations, neighborhood residents, city planners and staff and real estate experts. A plan was submitted for residential space as well as ground floor retail space at the Wealthy Street sites.

Local commission approves plans for new Costco store

Costco is moving forward with plans for a new Michigan location after its plans were approved by local officials. The Oshtemo Township Planning Commission voted unanimously on Dec. 12 to approve plans for a new Costco store as the anchor of a new development that will include a mix of retail stores with leisure services and a balanced approach to space for both cars and pedestrians.

What should you include in your estate plan besides a will?

On our blog, we've discussed the importance of creating a will before it's too late. A will puts in writing who will take care of your minor children and who will get your assets in the event of your death. Having a will is very important. Depending on what you all want to include in your will, it is a relatively simple process to make one.

Can victims of domestic violence be evicted?

The Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan and the ACLU have requested that the Inkster Housing Commission cease its efforts to evict a pregnant woman from one of the apartments they manage. This landlord-tenant disagreement centers on the fact that the woman is being evicted due to domestic abuse.

Zoning laws could close Michigan car wash

Complaints from neighbors about noise from the customers and equipment of a Michigan car wash might force the business to drastically alter the way it operates. A decision by the local zoning board of appeals to not renew zoning variances granted in 2006 means that its automatic bays cannot be used. City officials were poised to shut the business down by revoking all of its variances, but the city attorney advised against doing so due to a lack of notice to the property owners.

Michigan development meets community resistance

On Dec. 4, a number of residents of Bay City, Michigan voiced their displeasure at a proposed development that would sit along the Saginaw River. The $8.6-million West Side project would serve as low-income housing for veterans and others, but construction disputes arose because some who already live in the area claimed that the development would increase dangerous conditions in the neighborhood.

How a trust can help distribute your wealth responsibly

One very important aspect of estate planning for many parents includes passing their inheritance to their children. Deciding how much inheritance to give your kids can be a difficult task, especially since many parents are unsure of how their children will manage their inheritance after they pass away.

Muskegon to temporarily handle Muskegon Heights zoning issues

The city of Muskegon Heights has found a way to handle its zoning issues temporarily by contracting them to the city of Muskegon. With the addition of a new drain commissioner, the city of Muskegon is prepared to handle all of the zoning problems facing its sister city, including rulings on purchases and sales.

In real estate, knowing a variety of laws is a must

The University of Michigan will pay $12.8 million for the Edwards Brothers 2500 State Street property, announced a University official recently. According to the announcement, if finalized the purchase will give the University flexibility in that the 16.7 acre property is adjacent to the University's athletic complex and near one of its parking lots. Sale of the property will allow Edwards Brothers, a printing company, to consolidate its remaining operations in Ann Arbor and save jobs in the County.

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