A sign of life? Project to bring North Peak Brewing to Bay City receives $1.5M in state funding
BAY CITY, MI - A project to restore two historic buildings in downtown Bay City and bring in a long-awaited brewery received a major boost of funding from the state. I am eager to see the finished product.”The news is another sign of life on a project to bring the North Peak Brewing Company to Bay City. In addition to the $1.5 million grant, the project has received support from the city of Bay City. This project will bring even more vibrancy to our downtown and help to continue the positive energy we are seeing in Bay City,” said Sara Dimitroff, Bay City economic development project manager. Company says yesNorth Peak brewery has even bigger plans for Bay City locationWhen is North Peak brewery opening its Bay City location?mlive.com
Part of Perry Road closing for 7 weeks, project to start April 11
ATLAS TWP., MI -- A stretch of Perry Road is about to be closed for seven weeks and the Genesee County Road Commission says the project that’s causing the closure is expected to start in mid-April. The county Road Commission announced Friday, March 25 that the work will begin on Monday, April 11.mlive.com
Army Corps funds $226 million of Brandon Road project to keep invasive carp out of Lake Michigan
Plans for the $858 million project include a technology gauntlet — an electric barrier, underwater sound, an air bubble curtain and flushing lock — to stop carp from swimming to Lake Michigan.chicagotribune.com
This crypto investor says he just lost $470,000 on a dog-inspired DeFi project
Brian Nguyen "unexpectedly woke up" on Friday to realize he lost nearly $470,000 on a $60 million crypto project that marketed itself in a similar way to other dog-inspired cryptocurrencies like dogecoin or shiba inu, which have surged in popularity lately.cnbc.com
Theaster Gates shows off Rebuild Foundation’s progress in Greater Grand Crossing: ‘We’re slowly rebuilding the necessary infrastructure so that artists can thrive.’
The artist's Rebuild Foundation is making progress at St. Laurence, a shuttered elementary school being transformed into an arts collaborative.chicagotribune.com
New splash pad opening at Grand Blanc park
GRAND BLANC, MI -- Residents in Grand Blanc will get to enjoy the rest of summer splashing around in the city’s new splash pad set to open Wednesday, July 14. The splash pad in Physicians Park, located at 218 Reid Road, right off Saginaw Road, was recently finished after a year of construction. The splash pad will open in the morning and close at dusk, or when the park closes. Construction of the splash pad took a year to install because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grand Blanc City Manager Wendy Jean-Buhrer told MLive-The Flint Journal. “We were supposed to have it last year, but of course we couldn’t have the splash pad running because of COVID,” she said.mlive.com
Construction of a new $240 million Provident Hospital building delayed again, this time pandemic is blamed
The plan to build a new $240 million facility for the historic Provident Hospital in Bronzeville has been delayed again, this time because of the coronavirus pandemic, the leader of Cook County’s hospital system said Thursday.chicagotribune.com
Beachgoers beware of construction planned on M-25 from Bay Port to Caseville this summer
CASEVILLE, MI - Vacationers will want to take some extra if they’re heading out to enjoy the beaches in Michigan’s Thumb due to a planned construction project. The project will take place on M-25 from M-142 near Bay Port to the south village limit of Caseville, and M-142 from Ewald Road to M-53. Another major MDOT project is underway Bay County. MDOT started a $29 million resurfacing and bridge improvement project in April on nearly five miles of Interstate 75 in Bay County. According to MDOT, the project will entail significant bridge improvements on the Parish Road bridge over I-75 and the I-75 bridge over Beaver Road, including deck replacements and steel repairs.mlive.com
Chicago statues of Columbus, Presidents Washington and Lincoln among commission’s list of 41 controversial monuments throughout city
“This project is a powerful opportunity for us to come together as a city to assess the many monuments and memorials across our neighborhoods and communities — to face our history and what and how we memorialize that history,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “Given the past year and in particular the past summer that made clear history isn’t past, it is essential that residents are a part of this conversation.”chicagotribune.com
Justice Department Joins Computational Antitrust Project at Stanford Law School
WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice announced today that it will participate in the Computational Antitrust project, hosted by the Stanford University CodeX Center and created by Professor Thibault Schrepel. “We look forward to being part of this valuable dialog about antitrust enforcement.”As part of the Computational Antitrust project, representatives from the Antitrust Division will participate in regular workshops and dialogs about how to integrate cutting-edge computational developments into antitrust law and policy. The Antitrust Division’s initial representatives will be David Lawrence, Chief of the Competition Policy and Advocacy Section, and Eric Dunn, an attorney in that section. The division’s participation in the Computational Antitrust project builds on several other initiatives announced last year to increase the division’s capabilities and engagement in emerging technologies relevant to antitrust enforcement. To learn more about the Computational Antitrust project and other participating agencies, please visit the project’s website.justice.gov
U-M awarded $10M in grants to address racial inequity
ANN ARBOR – The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative has awarded the University of Michigan two $5 million grants. Led by professors Stephanie Fryberg and Earl Lewis, the grant money will be used over the next three years to fund projects that address racial inequity. Fryberg is a professor of psychology and a University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor. Lewis is the Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies and Public Policy. In total, the Mellon Foundation awarded more then $72 million in grant funding for 16 arts, humanities and social sciences projects across the U.S.
I-375 project in Detroit: MDOT to host virtual outreach event, public hearing
DETROIT – The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will hold a virtual outreach event and in-person public hearing regarding the Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed changes on I-375 in Detroit. MDOT said the project extends from Mack Avenue to Atwater Street and “transforms the urban below-grade freeway into a street-level boulevard.” The virtual outreach event and public hearing will allow interested parties the opportunity to view potential changes and make formal documented comments. Virtual outreach event details:6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021Register here for virtual eventIn-person public hearing details:4-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021The 4-5 p.m. hour is reserved for senior citizens or individuals at high risk for COVID-19. All state guidelines for public health and safety will be followed, including wearing a mask, social distancing and not attending if feeling ill.Register in advance online or by calling 517-335-4381 to reserve a time. Additional information is available on the project website at www.Michigan.gov/I375study.”
Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit launches transparency project with U-M, ACLU
ANN ARBOR – Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit announced Tuesday the launch of the “Prosecutor Transparency Project” in partnership with University of Michigan’s Law School and the ACLU of Michigan. The project, which begins immediately, aims to uncover possible racial inequities by analyzing data surrounding decision-making by the prosecutor’s office. “We know systemic racism exists in all facets of society, and the Prosecutor’s Office is no exception. Finally, in consultation with researchers, the Prosecutor’s Office will identify metrics to track to ensure equitable treatment. He has spent years compiling and analyzing data from Michigan’s criminal justice system, was the data consultant for the CREW report and has served as Data Administrator for Michigan’s Criminal Justice Policy Commission.
Major construction on Oakland Drive completed
KALAMAZOO, MI — A project to repave Oakland Drive and add safety features that caused detours this summer is now in the final stage of completion, according to the city of Kalamazoo’s Public Services Department. Construction began in late April on the $4.1 million project that included a total reconstruction of a stretch of Oakland Drive, according project details. The work included a new pedestrian refuge island at the crosswalk at Maple and Oakland, as well as pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of Winchell and Oakland, the city said. Oakland Drive was repaved and water infrastructure work was performed during the project. Read more:Oakland Drive reconstruction with new pedestrian island set for AprilPortage deputy city manager will keep job, but face discipline after drunken driving arrestKalamazoo encourages families to practice Halloween safety amid the pandemicmlive.com
Plymouth high school student gets national attention for project spotlighting dangers of distracted driving
PLYMOUTH, Mich. – A Plymouth high school student is getting national attention for a project spotlighting the dangers of distracted driving. The project earned second place in a major national competition. Joel Feldman lost his daughter after a driver struck and killed her while she was walking in a crosswalk. He founded the End Distracted Driving, a nonprofit. He has used his grief to encourage young people to send a message to others.
City of Ann Arbor to offer free wood chips for residents Saturday
ANN ARBOR – Planning an outdoor project this fall that involves wood chips? The city of Ann Arbor announced it will be offering residents free wood chips for pick up on Saturday at five locations. The wood chips will be available through November, or until supplies run out. Wood chips are a great versatile material for outdoor use, including as mulch, path material, a base for playgrounds, chicken runs and more. Here are the locations for pick up:Veterans Memorial Park, 2150 Jackson Ave.Southeast Area Park, 2901 E. Ellsworth RoadAlmendinger Park, 655 Pauline BoulevardFurstenberg Park, 2626 Fuller Road721 N. Main St.✉ Like what you’re reading?
City O’Hare debt document indicates COVID-19 could delay huge airport terminal revamp
The project is in the early stages, “which has provided us the flexibility to stay on course and not make sudden decisions,” McGrath said. “On the contrary it has provided us some flexibility to move forward in a more efficient and economical way, as well as to assess longer-term impacts of the pandemic on traveler expectations.”chicagotribune.com
Renovation work restarts on iconic Detroit train station
DETROIT Restoration work is moving ahead at the Michigan Central train station in Detroit despite the economic fallout from the coronavirus. Work on the project stopped for seven weeks due to a statewide stay-at-home order aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. But crews are now in the middle of Phase Two of the project, which involves fixing the street structure and repairing masonry, the Detroit Free Press reported. Ford Motor Co. bought the iconic building just outside downtown in 2018 for research and development of self-driving vehicles. Reid said explicitly that, theres been no change to our plans involving the train station.