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13 acres in Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge to be redeveloped into residential, retail, and office space

A large redevelopment project that straddles the cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge is one step closer to reality, thanks to the recent approval of brownfield tax credits from the Michigan Strategic Fund.

In an area more recognizable for its industrial past, a 13-acre site anchored by the vacant building at 660 E. 10 Mile Rd. will be transformed into a mixed-use campus featuring a marketplace, brewery, beer garden, and more.

Five remaining buildings on-site will also be rehabilitated, featuring office space, retail space, fitness center, and, in keeping in the spirit of the site's past light industrial life, a fire suppression company.

The project will also feature the construction of 75 new residential units.

"Iron Ridge is an exciting project that transforms a contaminated, defunct site into a shared gathering place for two communities -- Ferndale and our neighbors in Pleasant Ridge," says Jordan Twardy, Ferndale's Community and Economic Development Director.

"The mix of uses creates a sense of place that connects residents with unique places to dine and shop, and given its location near I-696, it will function as a unique gateway destination to both communities."

The development team behind the mixed-use campus, Iron Ridge Holdings LLC, was able to secure $3,531,500 in local and school tax capture for the alleviation of brownfield conditions at the site. Announcement of the County of Oakland Brownfield Redevelopment Authority receiving MSF approval for the brownfield tax credit was announced Tuesday, Oct. 24.

According to officials from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Iron Ridge redevelopment will, "Reactivate a group of vacant or underutilized industrial and residential parcels into a vibrant mixed-use campus, bring new housing to the city of Ferndale and will increase density and economic activity in the area."

Officials expect the project to create 200 new jobs and generate a total capital investment of $32 million.

Got a development news story to share? Email MJ Galbraith here or send him a tweet @mikegalbraith.

Digital marketer HelloWorld to move to Southfield

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HelloWorld, a digital marketing company, has signed an 11-year lease at the Southfield Town Center in Southfield. The company will relocate by the end of the year from its current space inside a former brewery in Pleasant Ridge.

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EPrize Becomes HelloWorld

The Pleasant Ridge-based online promotions company ePrize is changing its name to HelloWorld to reflect its recent expansion into mobile marketing, live event activities, and other service-based platforms. 

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Woodward Ave. transformation revealed

Plans to redesign Woodward Avenue between Detroit and Pontiac into a thoroughfare that will be prepared for mass transit as well as welcoming to bikers and walkers are being aired on public access cable channels in Oakland County.

Some of the organizations behind the plan, the Woodward Avenue Action Association, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and the municipalities that line the avenue, are looking for public feedback as local, county and state officials get behind the Complete Streets plan.

Steven Huber, a spokesperson for Oakland County, says the plan could transform Woodward into a scenic thoroughfare in ways to promote business and usability.

Engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff came up with a redesign of the 27-mile stretch of road in a master plan that's believed to be one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

The planning and public feedback are moving at a faster pace as Oakland County and several municipalities work to prepare for the arrival of light rail on Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

The idea is to unite metro Detroit through a major corridor that's easy to travel, to stimulate transit-oriented development, and to create jobs.

Source: Steve Huber, marketing and communications officer, Oakland County
Writer: Kim North Shine

Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership to hold public open house in Pleasant Ridge October 11

Your hometowns want to hear from you! The Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership is hosting a public open house for residents and businesses on Thursday, October 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center, 4 Ridge Road in Pleasant Ridge.
 
Sustainability refers to the ability of communities to thrive while preparing for the prosperity of future generations by balancing environmental, economic, and community concerns. The communities are seeking citizen feedback on existing and potential future actions the community can take independent of local government to address the economy, community, and environment. Information on existing or needed community groups, programs and resources is sought.
 
Five Woodward Avenue communities, in conjunction with Oakland County, have launched a partnership to examine sustainability issues. Berkley, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Huntington Woods were selected to participate in the project based on their history of collaboration. The partnership seeks to engage a diverse cross-section of the community, including environmental, business, social services, health, and educational institutions. The goal of the group is to develop a plan which will help the communities work together and leverage shared resources for a sustainable future.
 
Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services will provide $25,000 of in-kind services to match a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to facilitate a South Oakland Multi-Community Sustainability Partnership. Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. and WARM Training Center are consultants on the project. Oakland County has also been working with the cities of Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills and Rochester to develop a Tri-City Sustainability Partnership since 2011.
 
This is the second of several public forums for the project. The project is scheduled to be completed by March, 2013.

For more information on Oakland County Collaborative Local Government Sustainability Planning Projects, see the Facebook page “Oakland County Sustainability”  http://www.facebook.com/sustainplan or www.AdvantageOakland.com.

$30,000 grant aimed at improving Woodward Avenue

The Woodward Avenue Action Association was granted $30,000 from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to develop a "Complete Streets" master plan that will make Woodward Avenue more accessible and friendly to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. 

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Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership to hold public open house in Pleasant Ridge March 27

Your hometowns want to hear from you! The Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership is hosting a public open house for residents and businesses on Tuesday, March 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center, 4 Ridge Road in Pleasant Ridge. The communities are seeking citizen feedback on topics like economy, education, environment, government and community that the five communities can address together to be more sustainable. Sustainability refers to the ability of communities to thrive without diminishing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
 
Five Woodward Avenue communities, in conjunction with Oakland County, have launched a partnership to examine sustainability issues. Berkley, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Huntington Woods were selected to participate in the project based on their history of collaboration. The partnership will engage a diverse cross-section of the community, including environmental, business, social services, health, and educational institutions. The goal of the group is to develop a plan which will help the communities work together and leverage shared resources for a sustainable future.
 
Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services will provide $25,000 of in-kind services to match a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to facilitate a South Oakland Multi-Community Sustainability Partnership. Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. and WARM Training Center are consultants on the project. Oakland County has also been working with the cities of Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills and Rochester to develop a Tri-City Sustainability Partnership since 2011.

This is the first of several public forums planned. The project is scheduled to be completed by September, 2013.

For more information on Oakland County Collaborative Local Government Sustainability Planning Projects, see the Facebook page “Oakland County Sustainability” or http://www.oakgov.com/peds/program_service/sustain.html.

Woodward Avenue Communities Launch Sustainability Partnership

Five Woodward Avenue communities, in conjunction with Oakland County, have launched a partnership to examine sustainability issues. The five communities of Berkley, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Huntington Woods were selected to participate in the project based on their history of collaboration."I applaud these 'Woodward 5' communities for undertaking this partnership," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "With limited economic resources at our disposal, it is more important than ever that communities find innovative ways to collaborate."

The partnership will engage a diverse cross-section of the community, including environmental, business, social services, health, and educational institutions. The goal of the group is to develop a plan which will help the communities work together and leverage shared resources for a sustainable future. Sustainability refers to the ability of communities to thrive without diminishing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services will provide $25,000 of in-kind services to match a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to facilitate a South Oakland Multi-Community Sustainability Partnership. Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. and WARM Training Center are consultants on the project. Oakland County has also been working with the cities of Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, and Rochester to develop a Tri-City Sustainability Partnership since January 2011.

The project is scheduled to be completed by September, 2013.

For more information on Oakland County Collaborative Local Government Sustainability Planning Projects, see the Facebook page "Oakland County Sustainability" or visit their website.
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