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Southgate Tower may be redeveloped into apartments

SOUTHGATE – The tallest building Downriver, Southgate Tower, a long-vacant former bank office building, may be redeveloped into apartments, with ground-floor retail, pending approval of a zoning change by the City Council. The city’s planning commission has recommended the rezoning, which the council discussed during its Sept. 15 virtual meeting....
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Detroit remains far behind in reaching vaccination goal. One problem? Young people.

DETROIT — On a recent muggy Sunday evening, four Detroiters decided it was time to hang out again downtown. Khadeeja Abdulrafee, Aminah Doukoure, Santonio Williams and Steven Pharker, who had been friends for years, believed it would be a great day to party in the streets because everyone was off work the next day, Labor Day. While they walked up alongside Greektown Casino, the pack — all smiles, laughter and chatting while drinking alcohol disguised in traveling cups — seemed to have a lot in common.
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Macomb's Hackel to skip Mackinac confab, doesn't feel like talking Covid

Could the Mackinac Policy Conference — that annual hobnob of politicos, business leaders, and journalists on the island — be losing its currency? Perhaps. Two of metro Detroit's four top leaders are opting out of the confab this year, Crain's reports: Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter because he has something better to do in a new Pontiac auto show called Motor Bella, and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel because he finds the agenda set by the Detroit Regional Chamber too political. He tells Crain's he's unhappy to see it inspired by the pandemic, focused on public health and racial equity.
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Mayor Mike Duggan refuses to debate Anthony Adams as challenger blasts him

DETROIT (FOX 2) - It was a debate that never got off the ground. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan refused to go head-to-head with challenger Anthony Adams Thursday. In the past two election cycles, Duggan debated the late Benny Napoleon in 2013 and in 2017, faced challenger Coleman Young Jr. But Duggan's campaign says there will be no debate this time - and Adams, a big underdog, calls it cowardice.
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Rockin’ the Shores returns to St. Clair Shores on Saturday

An observation from a veteran rocker, the financial backing of a community-minded auto dealership and the planning expertise of an area production company came together a few years ago to start Rockin’ the Shores Beer and Music Festival. The popular event returns Saturday to the streets of downtown St. Clair...

Detroit program aims to help renters facing eviction with legal, financial aid

DETROIT – A new program that aims to assist Detroiters facing eviction was announced by city officials Friday. The Detroit Eviction Assistance and Prevention Program looks to help residents financially, legally or through job placement. The federal eviction moratorium, which had protected renters nationwide for about a year, ended in...

🔒Boomerangers: Even more young adults in Michigan living with parents

There is an increasing trend in Michigan of young adults moving back in with their parents, data shows. You’re probably already aware of the trend, but the data really spells out how much it has increased in recent years. This article first appeared in ClickOnDetroit’s “Data Drop” newsletter -- sign...
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Green Dot Stables, Ambassador Bridge company settle parking lot dispute

The legal battle between the owner of the Ambassador Bridge and a Detroit restaurant owner over land that was used as part of the eatery's parking lot is over. Attorneys for the Detroit International Bridge Company and Green Dot Stables said the two sides have reached a settlement agreement. They presented the agreement to Wayne County Circuit Judge Muriel Hughes on Friday.
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McLaren Macomb nears opening of Shelby Senior Behavioral Health Center

The growing need to meet the mental and emotional health needs of Macomb County’s senior population has prompted McLaren Macomb’s latest expansion to include the opening of a Senior Behavioral Health Center in Shelby Township. “There can be a disconnect between the physical health mental health,” said Theresa Chapman, program...

The attorney representing State Rep. Jewell Jones withdraws from case

DETROIT, Mich. (WLNS)—The attorney representing Democratic State Rep. Jewell Jones of Inkster has withdrawn from the case, according to WHMI. The state lawmaker was charged in a drunk driving case where he continued to violate his bond and was caught trying to smuggle a handcuff key into jail. Jones was in court Tuesday for violating his bond a third time after getting caught consuming alcohol and tampering with his alcohol monitoring tether.

DNR completes investigation of common carp mortality on Lake Orion

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has completed its investigation of the common carp mortality on Lake Orion in northeast Oakland County that occurred in mid-to late July. With the assistance of the Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory at Michigan State University, it has been determined and confirmed that the common carp fish kill was caused by koi herpesvirus (KHV - cyprinid herpesvirus 3).

West Riverfront Block Party: What to expect at Downtown Detroit event this weekend

DETROIT – It’s the last official weekend of summer, and Detroit is kissing the season goodbye with a block party. The West Riverfront Block Party, held along the Detroit River, will run from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 18. The admission cost is $5 and will get you access to live musical performances, 20 food trucks, sports themed games and a zip line, in addition to activities for children like crafts and bounce houses.

Support shelter animals when you check out this spooky Dearborn Halloween display

DEARBORN, Mich (FOX 2) - Support shelter animals when you stop by to see a ghastly Dearborn Halloween display. The Stachurski family has been decking out their Grindley Park Street home for more than a decade. Last year, they decided to put a box out to collect donations for the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit and raised $1,700 in two weeks.