Fire rages through shopping mall in Moscow suburbs

Fire engulfed one of the largest shopping malls near Moscow early on Friday, emergency services said, leading to the collapse of part of the structure, which complicated firefighters’ efforts to douse the flames. The conflagration spread over an area of about 75,000 sq ft in the Mega shopping centre in Khimki near the Russian capital, authorities said. One person died in the fire, authorities say. Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said it was looking into the cause of the fire. The head of the Moscow region’s emergency services agency said it appeared the blaze was the result of safety regulations being violated during repair work on the building. Mega had been home to a large number of Western retail chains before the companies’ departure from Russia in the wake of the Ukraine conflict, including one of the first IKEA stores in the Moscow area.
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First Alert Weather: Friday temperatures fall into the 40s

We are starting this morning off clear and cold, but that's pretty normal for December 9th. This will lead to a seasonably chilly day, with lots of sunshine, and a high of 45. For tonight, skies will remain clear, and temps will be cold. We're expecting of low of 34 in the city, with widespread 20s in the suburbs. Our far northwestern zones may even drop into the teens. Saturday looks to be a day that features more clouds than sun, with a high of only 43. Our focus then turns to Sunday into Monday, as we have a Yellow Alert in place for that timeframe. Overall, it looks like a mostly rain event for the city and points south and east, but it is becoming more likely that our northwestern suburbs will see some accumulating snow. Our weather team will be closely monitoring this situation, as it is subject to change.
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The Big Bolingbrook small business putting the personalized touch on holidays gifts

CHICAGO (CBS) --- There are many small businesses in the Chicago area, and many are very busy this holiday season.A company in the southwest suburbs started really small, in the founder's basement. And now, it's offering ways to make gifts and year-round products very "personal."This is "Personalization Mall's"  365,000-square-foot warehouse in Bolingbrook, where workers are adding that personal touch to hundreds of thousands of holiday gifts.Year-round, you can order names and initials on everything from cutting boards to blankets and pillows. But the company's vice president of marketing, Jeff Chun said the holidays are hot!He showed us some best sellers."Our...
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Polar Plunge: Arctic chill to sweep into DC by mid-December

While the work week is ending with seasonal temperatures, heaters will soon be working overtime across the Washington metro area. If you think the month has been off to a mild start, you are right. The average temperature at Reagan National Airport so far this month is 1.6 degrees above average. The warmest day was Dec. 3, topping out at 62 degrees.

Houston tackles illegal dumping issues; study reveals high rates of local subsidence

Illegally discarded trash fills a drainage ditch in Independence Heights. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact) On the Dec. 9 episode of the Houston Breakdown podcast, Community Impact editor Shawn Arrajj discusses how a U.S. Department of Justice investigation is putting a spotlight on illegal dumping and cleanup practices in Houston. Also, reporter Asia Armour shares findings from a University of Houston study that revealed serious subsidence issues in several Houston suburbs, including Katy.

Survey: Americans Can’t Afford to Move and Struggle to Stay in Current Living Situations

A majority of Americans agree “the American dream of owning a home is dead” because of affordability issues, according to “The State of Real Estate” survey released by The Harris Poll Thought Leadership Practice. The survey found a majority of respondents dream of owning a home of their own but feel costs are making homeownership unattainable.
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Budish cites successes in final State of the County address

As his final term nears a close, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish delivered his seventh and final State of the County address Dec. 9. In the virtual address, Budish provided the community with a review of his eight years in office, from accomplishments, challenges and how he worked to lay the foundation for the future. He focused in on five major steps.

Multifamily Construction Maintains While Single-Family Slows

Even though the National Association of Home Builders reports a marked decline in single-family construction, multifamily continues to flourish, especially in suburban markets. NAHB’s Home Building Geography Index for Q3 reported large metro suburban counties saw apartment construction increase from a growth rate of 18% up to 27.5%. Construction in...
Building Design & Construction

What's old is new: Why you should consider adaptive reuse

While new construction allows for incredible levels of customization, there’s no denying that new buildings can have adverse impacts on the climate, budgets, schedules and even the cultural and historic fabrics of communities. While any responsible architect will design buildings to minimize these impacts, there is no avoiding them entirely.

10 Best Places To Live In Texas

Texas is a great place to live in the US, with tons of job opportunities and options to suit first-time buyers, renters, students, families, and couples looking to start one. These authentically-Texan cities and towns make everything seem accessible within the immense state. The populous cities are really worth the hype of living large, while smaller towns offer respite amidst a sunny atmosphere and access to boundless outdoors.

Eden Prairie City News

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Council unanimously approved the 2023 budget, which will result in a tax levy increase of 4.5%. This translates into a 7% annual increase in the City property tax for a median single-family home valued at $513,200. Eden Prairie’s City tax rate remains among the lowest when compared to the 15 comparable metropolitan area suburbs of similar size. Its 2023 tax levy increase is also among the lowest in the metro area.

Camden Property Trust’s $155M leap into build-to-rent

Camden Property Trust, a national powerhouse in the multifamily market, is investing an estimated $155 million in single-family rentals, building 400 new homes across two communities in the Houston suburbs. Camden Long Meadow Farms, a 200-home, build-to-rent community, is being constructed at 5300 Berkeley Knoll Circle in Richmond, south of...

The suburbs are about homeownership but some property owners see more money in rental units

The American suburbs revolve around single-family homes. But, in recent years some property owners see more money to be made in converting housing units into rentals. Here is a recent example from Arlington Heights, Illinois:. Interra Realty, a Chicago-based commercial real estate investment services firm, announced this week it brokered...

6 Environmental Factors To Consider When Building A New Home

A recent cultural shift in the world of architecture has resulted in more and more home builders and home buyers alike seeking to develop residences that stand in harmony with their local landscape rather than seeking to work against the natural world. But there are a fair number of benefits to designing your modern home with the environment in mind, including reducing the risks of weather damage which may see you claiming on our home insurance, and boosting the comfortability of your home’s interiors by ensuring that your home is actually built specifically with your local climate in mind, potentially reducing their household spends on heating and other utilities.

Local Football Players Prep for Final High School Game

Saturday night’s Minnesota High School all-star game caps the 2022 Minnesota prep football season and will feature several local players. The North Roster includes Cordell Wilson of Armstrong, John Barrow of Cooper, Magnus Wright from Champlin Park, Wayzata’s Chase Ullom, Osseo teammates Bryce Hawthorne and Jerome Williams along with Maple Grove’s Tanner Albeck, Jacob Kilzer and Crimson head coach Matt Lombardi, who is head coach for the North.