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Brighton An area developer is working with city officials to make a proposed state-of-the-art athletic club a reality.

Warren Mail carriers trained to deal with dogs on their route.

Pontiac State grant gives the city money to tear down as many as 270 rundown neighborhood structures.

Westland Household hazardous waste collected free in Wayne County

Grosse ile Feds study deer control at the Grosse Ile Airpprt.

Grosse Pointe Woods There have been isolated incidents of rat sightings in Grosse Pointe Woods. According to city building official Gene Tutag, the sightings have taken place mainly in the city's northwest quadrant.

Romulus Republic Bancorp founder seeks state OK to open thoroughbred facility near airport in '08.

Clay Twp Clay seeks bids for new hall roof.

Genesee County Access road to idyllic chain of fishing ponds chained off.

Ann Arbor With an eye on the environment Farmers encouraged to join water pollution prevention program.

Farmington Hills Hospital plans to save historic Botsford Inn.

Oakland County Developers of the long-awaited Bloomfield Park project on Telegraph north of Square Lake Road have released a list of tenants for the project, which is under construction.

Fowlerville Economy cuts piece of village's past: Fowlerville Lumber Co. to close after 100 years

Tyrone Twp Township insists seven horses on five-acre plot must go, but owner says state law is on her side.

Macomb County County to put $19 million into sewer: Project will extend line to Lenox Twp. to open up development along Gratiot.

Milford Builder offers $15K in brick, limestone to repair Shutter Shop, whose facade was built in 1880.

Gibraltar One great horned owl is dead, and environmentalists warn that an oil spill left to fester at an apparently defunct steel plant has become a "death trap" for nearby wildlife.

Livonia Wonderland site replaced with a 40-shop complex.

Huron Twp Preservationists have won a reprieve in their fight to save a vacant building that served for years as the township hall.

Southgate Heightened school violence across the nation is prompting three Downriver school districts to take unusual preventive measures to avoid local problems.

Michigan For the first time since 1983, census estimates released today reveal Michigan lost population this year as job-seekers sought paychecks across the country.

Michigan-Canada When Canada and the United States approved the first version of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in 1972, the running joke in Cleveland was that anyone unlucky enough to fall into the Cuyahoga River would decay rather than drown.

Traverse City Environmentalists: "Stop Great Lakes damage before it happens" -- About five years before zebra mussels launched their invasion of the Great Lakes in the mid-1980s, Canadian researchers warned it was coming.

Dearborn Warren Avenue to get $1.5M in upgrades.

Charlevoix Nuclear waste powers disposal struggle: Michigan, U.S. and Canada face lengthy storage issues.

Toronto Canadian environmental group claims billions of gallons of untreated urban sewage and toxic effluents that flow into the Great Lakes each year are threatening a critical ecosystem that supplies drinking water to millions of people.

Troy Ordered out of his home: debris, junk led to rodent problem

Oak Park Residents rejoice with rebuilt roads.

Grosse Pointe Woods 75-ton landmark school house to get a new home in Pointes.

Charlevoix Park at ex-nuke site on hold.

Fort Wayne Renovating history: Students revamp a home at Historic Ft. Wayne

Shrinking Market? Michael Eckerman thinks it's a great time to buy a house "because there has been a dip and a perception that real estate is just crashing and burning," he said.

Mortgage Rates Fall Mortgage rates around the country fell this week, with rates on 30-year mortgages sinking to their lowest level in 10 months.

Brighton Engineers seek to improve traffic flow for congested I-96, Grand River interchange in fast growing area.

Shelby Twp Van Dyke may not be known as a walkable thoroughfare, but Shelby Township hopes to make it a bit more pedestrian-friendly with the creation of a Downtown Development Authority.

Warren Law targets run-down apartments: Complex owners must pass mandatory city inspections and pay a fee for biennial license.

Mt. Clemens Construction has been completed on the front gate renovations at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township.

Wayne County Grosse Ile Township officials rejects Wayne County's offer to buy toll bridge for $1 dollar that connects it to Trenton.

Wayne County Buyer has hope for former hospital's future.

Shelby Township State adds inspectors to boost wetlands protection.

Ann Arbor In the next two years, almost 800 residential units will be available for living in downtown Ann Arbor, a city of 110,000. Demand appears to be keeping pace despite high unemployment and a softer housing market. Of the 353 units in five projects, more than half have been reserved or sold.

Brandon Twp Library's hot, mad at construction firm, over leaky boiler system.

Framington Officials are looking into the costs of building downtown ice rink to attract more families.

Macomb County Dispatch center poised for big upgrade.

Brooklyn A controversy over alleged overcharges from contractors has slowed Brooklyn water-meter installations to a crawl.

Lenawee County Moving Albion house is no easy job.

Flint Fight expected over Cultural Center's request to tear down historic homes.

Mundy Twp Board denies rezoning for Dollar General store.

SE Michigan Augusta, York, Ann Arbor, Salem and Northville townships to join the city of Ypsilanti and Superior Township in exploring the possibility of forming a regional police authority in eastern Washtenaw County.

Ann Arbor The long-awaited Kingsley Lane project in downtown Ann Arbor is facing another delay because of slower sales than developers had hoped for.

Roseville Lawn signs draw protests.

Fowlerville Village officials approve final site plan; Wal-Mart Supercenter will open in 2008.

Green Oak Twp Mall gets a thumbs-up.

Northville Plan for former Northville Psychiatric Hospital site stirs residents.

Huron Twp Group gets chance to save old factory.

Detroit Neighbors delighted the city won't sell land to developers.

Brighton City officials are asking for residents, business owners to submit project ideas for 2007-13 funds.

Fowlerville Monitoring costs at closed Hogback Road dump rise to $117,350.

Harrison Twp Tired of being a "dumping ground" for sewage, Harrison Township is getting tough about cleaning up its streams and rivers that flow into Lake St. Clair.

Oxford Village may seize parcel for parking; State Supreme Court may allow the village to take control of land from private owners.

Pontiac Grants step up the fight against blight, devotes $358,000 to demolish structures.

Northville Northville plan shapes u; public to comment on a proposed development at ex-psychiatric hospital.

Livonia Livonia Mall officials turn to plans B, C: Deal with Sears falls through, stalling open-air center.

Ecorse City plans to hire up to 15 officers in a move to lop overtime costs, identify top prospects.

Rural Michigan Urban dwellers, suburbanites flock to farms to experience country way of life.

Detroit A long-awaited welcome: Mexicantown center to greet city's visitors.

Detroit River Anglers and environmentalists celebrate cleaner Detroit River. Whitefish tell story of water quality.

Brooklyn Bread lovers can bask in the smell of fresh-cooked loaves five days a week now that the Stone Hearth Breads & Bakery has reopened its doors.

Swartz Creek Residents challenge senior center tax.

Ann Arbor M-14 ramps at Barton to stay open.

Livingston County Townships snatch up open space.

Pinckney Sewer, water rate hikes irk homeowners.

Brighton MDOT researching how to relieve congestion on stretch from Brighton to Ann Arbor.

St. Clair Shores Flagstar plans brownfield project for vacant site.

Farmington Building histories sought.

Southfield Evolution for Nine Mile: Study suggests a hamlet to boost Southfield.

Oakland County County holds line on property tax.

Westland Neighbors unite against condo plans to build 40 homes in area.

Wayne County County leads southeastern Mich. in development, but area's economy is still hurting.

Traverse City Indians to upgrade, build $80 million complex at Turtle Creek.

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Lapeer After months of wrangling with a California insurance company, owners of the gutted Michael's Restaurant told city commissioners they hope to begin rebuilding soon.

Lansing The chief of the Michigan Association of Realtors says it plans to conduct voluntary tests to see if real estate agents treat customers differently depending on their race.

Howell 125 year old Opera House seeks grant to move ahead on repairs.

Pinckney Residents here will be getting more than $100,000 in refunds on their sewer bills, but no one is quite sure when.

Huron Twp Township hopes to revitalize villages.

Michigan $23.5B bill aims to restore Lakes. Experts say U.S. doesn't have money to pay for cleanup due to costly Iraq war, deficit, debt.

Detroit Wayne County deed logjam will cost you: Delays make scams easier, hurting home buyers who don't know if they have a clear title.

"Homes sold by a Realtor capture a higher price," and here's why

Ann Arbor Council OKs 9-story tower.

Lennox Twp Mickey Ludeman resents the stench and noise that drift from the caravan of Canadian trash trucks that rumbles through Lenox Township every day.

Detroit Vacant buildings in Detroit: A loan, a lot, a lawsuit.

Detroit Undercover buyers turn up bias in house hunt.

Howell New plans and the possible extension of a $1.1 million grant could breathe new life into the Victoria Station project.

Sterling Heights Residents sue for sinkhole damages.

Chesterfield Township considers new uses for 103-acre windfall from scaled-back Selfridge.

Selling Michigan Over 1 million acres of Michigan's upper peninsula forestland have been sold.

Southfield The Berkley City Council and Huntington Woods City Commission have both signed resolutions in support of Southfield's fight to save Catalpa Park.

Sterling Heights Sterling Heights was awarded a federal grant for $143,000 to improve landscaping along sections of Schoenherr and Metropolitan Parkway.

Port Huron The $3.3 million condo project in southern Port Huron has expanded and the land-acquisition issues plaguing it have been resolved

St. Clair County Springtim load limits on St. Clair County roads ends today.

Loch Erin Control structure device to lower the lake level in winter to reduce shoreline damage and erosion is nearing completion.

Clawson If you hate constantly stopping for red lights in Clawson, some members of the city council have a plan for you.

Royal Oak Royal Oak Lanes closes after 62 years.

Jackson County Letters are going out this week to residents in Summit Township, the city of Jackson and village of Concord in an effort to locate abandoned wells.

Jackson The city's blight ordinance is being tweaked to include twigs and other debris associated with toppled trees.

Flint Twp Grand Trunk Railroad has abandoned a 2.2-mile stretch of track that cuts through the heart of the township's retail district.

Dexter A critical needs list for the Dexter school district is generating debate and criticism from some parents who see it as a precursor to a millage request.

Washtenaw County Ann Arbor Township has signed its first land deal to purchase the development rights to farmland since its PDR millage was passed by township voters in November 2003.

Downriver For electricity, Wyandotte to test wind.

Livingston County For many townships in Livingston County, one of the most critical challenges of continued population growth is keeping up with the increased need for fire protection.

Shelby Twp Volunteers restore Packard pride: The former Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township will be included in a new effort to recognize Macomb County's contribution to southeast Michigan automotive history.

Mount Clemens Tackling blight: Kathleen McQuitty has spent thousands of dollars over the years to beautify her home on Moross.

Farmington Shiawassee Park is going to get a little sprucing up.

Wayne County Officials will start foreclosure proceedings as early as this week on roughly 9,500 properties whose owners missed Friday's deadline to pay overdue taxes.

Lake Orion The financially strapped Lake Orion Community Schools district is doing everything from lowering thermostats in hallways to increasing athletic fees and spacing bus stops farther apart to conserve fuel to avoid cuts that would impact classroom learning.

Independence Twp A developer pushing a big-box store near Interstate 75 and Sashabaw Road is offering township officials a compromise plan that calls for housing and smaller retail stores instead.

Troy Residents want more walking and biking trails, outdoor skating rink, dog park and small community parks and gardens, according to a recent survey of nearly 1,000 residents.

Detroit Resident dies from generator exhaust after DTE shuts off power for non-payment.

West Bloomfield An executive of the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain will head the $310 million Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, set to open in 2008 in Oakland County. Gerard van Grinsven, 45, lacks experience in health care, but Henry Ford Health System believes his upscale-hotel management background makes him well-qualified to run a hospital catering to the wealthy.

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Shelby Twp Single mom tears down mobile home infested with black mold.

Jackson Some city property owners can expect to be socked with assessments ranging from $276 to $10,807 for road projects slated this summer.

Lenawee County Albion's historic Mary Sheldon Ismon House, a city landmark for 107 years, has been renovated and is ready for public use.

Jackson Residents prevailed in round two of a rezoning dispute, leaving the developer to threaten legal action.

Jackson Heat help warms hearts and homes.

Ann Arbor The Ann Arbor residents whose pit bull attacked a neighbor in August cannot have any dogs on their property for the next 10 years, except for a small terrier/mix named Honey, a judge has ruled.

Green Oak Twp Some residents fear the Michigan Court of Appeals could dismiss a lawsuit against the state Department of Natural Resources that claims a gun range at Island Lake Recreation Area violated Green Oak Township's noise ordinance.

Livingston County Two want to enliven old mansion

Howell Council, real estate group clash on rental inspections.

Howell Twp The township's latest effort to bring municipal sanitary sewer and water service to an area in the southeast section of the township has prompted some residents to consider moving.

Macomb Twp Farmer won't yield in land fight.

Ray Twp Airport's hangar plan worries residents

Rochester Karen Sadovsky says she is excited about a plan to build a town square on the spot where she and her husband have lived and run their folk music shop for nearly 25 years, although it would mean shuttering her business.

Waterford Twp Township officials want to turn the struggling Summit Place Mall area into a destination that will revive the commercial district and create a money-maker for the township.

Wayne County Wayne County Treasurer Raymond J. Wojtowicz is expecting an 11th-hour rush of homeowners seeking to pay property tax bills dating back to 2003.

Inkster A long-touted residential redevelopment project that will erase the last vestige of World War II housing projects in the city has ripened from deals and ideas to bricks and mortar

Gibraltar The doors of the Detroit Steel Co./Detroit Cold Rolling plant closed years ago, but environmental concerns continue to plague the city.

Howell A Howell-based developer will be using a national auction firm to sell off 55 properties worth about $15 million to reduce inventory due to Michigan's tepid real estate market.

Berkley Standing by while its neighbors Royal Oak, Ferndale and Birmingham revitalized their downtowns, Berkley has decided it's time to reinvent itself.

Trenton Theme restaurants, shops, entertainment and horse-drawn carriages could transform the quiet, riverfront landscape at Elizabeth Park, as the county seeks to make the 162-acre park a magnet for visitors and families.

Detroit Since moving to the city in 2001, Ashley Atkinson has planted more than 3,300 trees, 16,600 perennial flowers, 20,500 shrubs, 50,000 vegetable plants and 16,000 packets of seeds. You could say she is an enthusiastic gardener.

Saline Pundits have long maintained that there are just two seasons in Michigan¬ówinter and road construction.

Port Huron Clinton Township developer gets warning on city deal: "Correct errors or we'll do it for you"

Riga Township Midwest Grain Processors' ethanol plant in Riga Township is on scheduled to open next January.

Jackson Project in rundown area designed to empower its residents.

Michigan Foreclosure business booms: The state's slumping economy has waylaid most industries. But it's boom time for the field mortgage service business.

Genoa Twp Manager says charter status will protect it from encroachment by any other communities.

Macomb County Developers clear way for parks: Three projects will give some land back to 'park-poor' and nearly built-out Clinton Twp.

Oakland County Invasive plants meeting their match in county parks.

Wayne County Time is running out to save homes: It's a distinction no one wants, but Wayne County may soon bolster its dubious title as the nation's capital of home foreclosure.

Trenton County drops $43M bond issue for work at waterfront site; the city OKs 'less risky' deal.

Highland The Highland Equestrian Conservancy is working hard to preserve green space in the township, which is officially designated an "equine" community.

Lake Orion Restaurant in Lake Orion rises from ashes of '04 fire.

Westland City officials are ready to again consider requiring routine code and safety inspections of apartments and other rental properties.

Warren Sue Cole acknowledges that plenty of unkempt homes and yards in Warren need immediate attention

Detroit Vacant properties targeted by feds. Housing department vows to do more checks

Detroit Mayor's pal may get $8 million city deal.

Algonac Algonac pins its hopes to improved strip mall.

Leoni Twp Residents kick around rec ideas.

Richfield Twp Russellville Ballroom's demise OK'd: Over 60 years, it swung to the sounds of Tommy Dorsey and Guy Lombardo and rocked to the likes of Grand Funk Railroad and Foghat.

Holly Lake level has resident drowning in red ink.

Mt. Clemens Piled outside the Public Works Department garage in Mount Clemens is the result of more than two years' worth of efforts to rid the city of diseased ash trees.

Chesterfield Twp The I-94 corridor in Chesterfield Township may become a hub of construction in the months ahead as ground is broken on two major projects.

St. Clair Shores Overhaul will put a new face on city's hub.

Lyon Twp Developers wishing to build and make the most of their investment opportunities in Lyon Township are bumping into rezoning roadblocks and running to the courts for help.

Hazel Park Attention developers: Elder suburbs in Oakland County are open for business.

Waterford The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday rejected a request to consider buying a 22-acre park in Southfield that some fear could be staked with a "for sale" sign if it isn't protected.

Wayne County Five-and-a-half years after a massive downpour caused raw sewage to back up into their basements, thousands of Wayne County homeowners will finally see some cash. $8.4M total payout will cover only a portion of water damage caused by inadequate drain systems.

Taylor New Telegraph Road/I-94 ramps smooth traffic flow

Livonia A portion of Seven Mile will soon get a much-needed face-lift.

Wayne County Wayne County's population slipped below 2 million for the first time since 1940, continuing a long slide made worse by the state's increasingly-painful economic status, according to figures scheduled for release today.

Washington Canadian trash haulers may be charged inspection fees, levees of up to $45 million dollars, at the border.

St. Clair County Downtown makeover plan will include resort, casino.

Ann Arbor Not all city residents dream of someday moving to the country, but those who live in Ann Arbor opened their wallets to ensure that farmland surrounding the city will always be there.

Jackson County The county has lost more than 55,000 acres of farmland in the past 25 years and Willis "Woody" Wittenberg doesn't want to add his 500 acres to the list.

Linden With decisions from several key communities hanging in the balance, supporters of the Southern Lakes Planning Initiative are still hoping to persuade Fenton Township to drop its opposition to the venture.

Flushing Chris Marsh doesn't think it's an exaggeration to say roads in Flushing Township are some of the worst in Genesee County.

Ann Arbor A $2 million road improvement project on Wagner Road originally slated to begin in early summer may be postponed indefinitely as a result of difficulties acquiring rights-of-way and temporary grading easements from private property owners, officials said.

Superior Twp A study shows limited sewage capacity could stop a proposed 985-home project north of Geddes Road and reignite the debate of allowing development in the area.

Warren Neighbors feel duped over development.

Farmington Hills A property developer has a purchase agreement to buy the land that most people recognize for its high wrought iron gate and somber gothic architecture at 12 Mile and Inkster in Farmington Hills.

Plymouth Twp Growning church rankles its neighbors.

Macomb Twp John Brennan saw housing starts in his township boom over the past decade and take some of the pinch out of the struggling state economy.

Howell Swamps and open space on the city's south side could turn into homes and big-box retailers in the next few years.

Harrison Twp Selfridge Air National Guard Base is in the midst of a building boom aimed at modernizing the base and making it more secure for military and visitors.

Lyon Twp Eighteen acres of property on the northeast corner of 10 Mile and Milford roads have become the center of conflict between Lyon Township and a local developer.

Livonia More than a decade ago, parents in gas masks picketed in front of the old Cooper School on Ann Arbor Trail over contamination found in the soil.

Brownstown Twp Homeowners complain Brownstown Twp. failed to make builders live up to residential codes.

Port Huron Two developers met Friday's deadline to submit development proposals for Port Huron's waterfront city hall.

Livingston County Layoffs in the Building Department are another sign of the ongoing slump in the housing market locally.

Jackson County With all the lakes, ponds and streams in Jackson County, it seems like everybody is no more than a few minutes away from hitting the water for some wet, summer fun.

Flint To the naked eye, two houses on the city's south side looked like the other boarded-over abandoned homes in the neighborhood.

Ann Arbor A new watchdog group is being formed to encourage neighborhood involvement in watching over the ongoing groundwater contamination cleanup from the former Gelman Sciences plant.

Macomb County His name was forged on a phony deed, and the Waterford man wants his house back.

Lapeer The Mill Creek battle could continue longer as officials in Lapeer and St. Clair counties try to decide how much each county should pay for the project.

Harrison Twp Water pumper is boon for marsh: The fringes of Metro Beach Metropark in Harrison Township can provide an idyllic setting for homeowners, but their proximity to the scenic marshes could put those homes in danger.

Fenton Twp The type and number of permitted animals has pitted neighbor against neighbor in a rural section of the township.

Jackson A building permit is typically seen as a sign of progress, but it's a declaration of disdain in one neighborhood.

Ann Arbor Residents question roundabouts.

Saline The Saline Planning Commission has unanimously approved a preliminary site plan for the Village Marketplace and Lofts project, an $8 million, mixed-use project that has caused a ripple of excitement for the future of downtown.

Ann Arbor Neighbors of Ann Arbor's previously proposed 315-unit South Pond Village housing project say they'd like to see at least part of the 48 acre property turned into a park.

Commerce Twp Beaumont Hospital has announced plans to build a new health care facility in Commerce Township, creating 200 jobs and intensifying the competition in western Oakland County among new or newly expanding places where suburbanites can get medical care.

Detroit With public outrage mounting over the possibility that the Detroit Zoo may shut down, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's administration resuscitated a plan to save it on Tuesday.

Ferndale With nowhere else to go, the city is building up. City revamps zoning laws to spur construction.

Pontiac 1) City officials say they'll get a new appraisal on the Silverdome, then seek bids and create a new redevelopment plan. 2) Politics have killed the last remaining offer to redevelop the Silverdome, days before it is mothballed for good.

Auburn Hills Rec center is nearly finished -- $5.5M facility, due for opening in May, features five times the recreation space.

Canton Twp About 100 residents turned out for Wednesday night's Board of Trustees meeting, many of them opposed to the possible sale of a municipal golf course to a developer to build a high-end retail center

Brighton A local developer has successfully cleared a major hurdle in his plans to construct a new, two-story building in downtown Brighton.

Saginaw Bay While state environmental policymakers embark on a quest for funds to clean the Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay, they aren't sure yet what that cleanup would entail.

Howell Land negotiations stall downtown project: Developer is trying to reach deal to acquire key parcel on Court Street for hotel, shops and offices.

Warren High school wants to relocate to Warren site sought for controversial development proposal.

Michigan For Sale Bush administration plans to sell $1 billion in public lands -- Largest sale of its kind since 1905 would help pay for rural schools and roads.

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Brooklyn Residents who regularly drive Jefferson Road to get to work in the morning will have to find an alternative route in the following weeks as work crews begin sewer construction.

St. Clair County Area landlords who include gas utilities in the cost of rent said they are struggling to cover high heat costs but fear the consequences of charging more every month.

Vassar Expanding Tuscola County's airport could translate into jobs.

Saginaw County Taymouth Township residents want to shut down a newly opened mental health crisis center they claim allows patients to wander the streets and pose serious safety concerns.

Saginaw County Landlords could avoid punishment for tenants smoking in their buildings under the latest revision of a hotly contested proposed smoking ban in Saginaw County.

Jackson County Jackson County will likely lose one of its two dozen golf courses this spring.

Metamora The Metamora Land Preservation Alliance has launched a Web site to provide information on the attempt by the Boy Scouts of America, Detroit Area Council, to mine gravel on the D-Bar-A Scout Ranch, said David Skelly, alliance president.

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Genesee County Local builders, frustrated by burdensome frost and weight restrictions, called on road commissioners Tuesday to ease rules that they say cost them money and hurt the economy.

Ann Arbor City plans get price tag Memo puts costs of downtown changes at about $2 million.

Livingston County Putnam Township chooses builder for new hall.

Livingston County Outdated roads demand fixes.

Mt. Clemens City officials say 23% water rate hike is necessary to cope with state-ordered cut of $577,000 deficit.

SE Michigan Ex-Southfield mortgage firm VP sentenced in fraud: A 41-year-old Beverly Hills mother of three who was a vice president at a Southfield mortgage firm that cost investors and a Detroit pension fund $256 million after its collapse was sentenced to two years in prison

Westland City rings up surplus once again despite hard times.

Pontiac Farewell, white-topped dome.

Detroit City burns $3.2 million on needless leases -- Monthly rent, utilities on 8 police buildings cost as much as the salaries of 40 cops.

Novi For sale: A 21,363-square-foot suburban Detroit mansion with a bowling alley, movie theater and 60-foot water slide has gone on sale for $11.25 million. Larry Wisne, the businessman who built it eight years ago for at least $18 million, never lived in it. Learn about the advantages of hiring a buyer broker to protect your interests, ask the right questions, and negotiate the best deal. It costs no more. Contact Wynne Achatz

Grosse Ile Construction on the Wayne County Bridge could begin as early as December and will take between four and six months to complete

Fair Haven No ice, no fishermen.

Flint A major demolition and remodeling project is under way downtown.

Fenton Twp In the decades that Dan and Gail Brinker have lived in their home on Lahring Road where Ripley Road dead-ends, many drivers have plowed into their yard.

Michigan The Federal Emergency Management Agency will quit paying hotels today to house Hurricane Katrina evacuees, unless they have been approved for an extension, agency officials said Monday. As of Sunday, there were 10 hotels housing evacuees in Michigan -- less than half the number in December, according to FEMA.

Metro Detroit XL REPORT CARD: Detroit's transformed downtown exceeds expectations, wins praise

Metro Detroit What's next? Region can build on success of the Super Bowl through more partnerships.

Macomb County Golf courses lose ground to homes in Macomb County.

Lake Shannon The Lake Shannon Home Owners Association is checking its legal options as Tyrone Township's split from the local Fire Authority nears.

Green Oak Twp New gun range tests ordered by judge.

Livingston County Putnam Township owners of lots large and small get more flexibility with size of outbuildings.

Mount Clemens City officials are looking for a developer to put a building with a combination of upscale residential housing and retail on a lot near the heart of downtown.

Warren City floats plan for water meters.

Clinton Twp Site adjoining 14 Mile dump may be developed.

Warren City targets empty buildings.

New Haven Turmoil grows as New Haven municipal building walls rise.

Southfield The City Council voted unamiously to approve plan for new Target store.

Troy Paul Weill says he just wants somebody to stop the golf balls from raining down on his home.

Oakland County County will get $23.5M for roads. Projects in 2009 to focus on widenings, resurfacings, paving in five communities.

Van Buren Twp Residents fight for that rural feeling.

Wayne Officials debate the future of Eloise: In its heyday, the county hospital and poorhouse known as Eloise was a sprawling, 902-acre community that housed 10,000 poor, homeless, sick and mentally ill people on the north side of Michigan Avenue between Merriman and Middle Belt.

Brownstown Twp Group says treasurer and trustee gave their friends no-bid contracts; residents decide Feb. 28.

Northville Twp Planners begin review of decade-old land use plan, which doesn't reflect modern options.

Metro Detroit PR Super Bowl visitors, and 91 million television viewers,leave with a better impression of Metro Detroit, suburban cities.

Bad Axe A New York-based company will break ground this month on a wind farm that would become the USA's fifth-largest wind-generated power source. Noble Environmental Power plans to have 32 wind turbines working in Huron County by June, enough to meet the annual energy needs of about 16,000 homes.

Port Huron Harris House for sale.

Flint The Flint City Council sold more than 50 acres of land near Bishop Airport on Monday for $650,000 in a move that is expected to bring more jobs and tax revenue.

Ann Arbor Study backs closing Barton Drive exit.

Ann Arbor "Zeeb site is only one suitable." The remarks by Costco real estate representative Mike Stratis came in response to a question by Commission Member Tom Hanson near the end of the 3.5-hour public hearing.

Howell Twp County officials still don't see eye to eye with the contractor that built the new hangar at the Spencer J. Hardy Livingston County Airport, but that didn't delay the latest phase of the airport's hangar relocation project.

Washington Twp A proposed project featuring 2,600 homes, a 30-acre medical campus and a light industrial research center in Washington Township would be one of the largest retail-residential projects in Macomb County.

Oakland County Fate of Bloomfield's high schools up in air.

N. Oakland County Independencxe Township Residents fight large retailer.

Southfield City vows to fix city pavilion.

Troy City and state transportation officials are moving forward with a plan to improve traffic at Interstate 75 and Crooks Road after a long-standing proposal to put an interchange at I-75 and Long Lake Road was killed in November.

Birmingham A committee formed to decide how best to use the eight-acre Barnum Center site has narrowed the seven proposals submitted over the holidays to four possibilities.

Pontiac With his city buckling under an estimated $50 million deficit, the new mayor says the time has come for Pontiac to heal and then clean house.

Genesee County When the insurer just doesn't want to pay.

Northville Twp "That 414 acres is the biggest eyesore in this community," says Ron Childers, a resident, of the old Northville State Hospital property. "Broken windows, overgrown grass and rundown buildings are what people visiting this township see."

Emminent Domain (Michigan) An Ingham County court finds the Lake Madison homes restricted under eminent domain action should be fully removed from the new airport safety zone.

Blackman Twp Homeowners urged to test homes for radon.

Jackson County The state Department of Transportation is ready to give the last piece of major funding to create a hiking-bicycling trail from Jackson to Concord.

Genesee County Like the owners of 3,184 other properties in Genesee county, Holley got a wake-up notice for overdue property taxes this week in a listing of delinquencies published in the Flint Journal.

Washington Mortgage rates fall to 3-month lows.

Metro Detroit David Seiders, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, tried his best Thursday to paint a positive picture of the housing market in metro Detroit and Michigan.

Clinton Twp The spacious Hillcrest Banquet Center and Golf Course in Clinton Township may trade golf balls for shopping carts if preliminary plans for a multimillion project proceed.

Framington Hills Ice arena costs chill some cities' budgets.

Dearborn Heights Residents are asked to attend two public workshops to offer suggestions and learn about the process to update the city's master plan.

Dearborn Ford Motor Co. will close the Wixom Assembly Plant as part of its anxiously awaited Way Forward plan -- a wide-ranging effort that will close plants, lay off tens of thousands of workers.

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Hartland Twp Township officials and Hartland Crossings developers Landmark Properties are moving closer to the sale of 60 acres of township-owned land.

Adrian Encouraging the maintenance of existing homes is the first step presented to the city council to keep more people living in the city.

Port Huron Tearing down one neighborhood to build another might not be common practice in Port Huron, but it's a trend that can be seen across the nation.

Port Huron Experts: "Condo project a risk" -- To some, building new condominiums in an aging area of a city with a high number of rental units is a bold business venture.

Fenton Zoning at top of ordinance violations.

Tompkins Twp Jackson County's next Habitat for Humanity home in the spring will be the first built in a rural setting. To volunteer, call Cindy Barnes at 784-6620.

Goodrich Takeover of roads, lighting at condos under way.

Genesee County Water customers could save up to $800 million by 2050 if the county breaks ties with the city of Detroit and helps to build an alternative water system, a new report says.

Genesee County Habitat for Humanity for Genesee County has moved its executive offices and ReStore operation to a new location.

Flint Dispite protests Carolyn Sims, Flint's 5th Ward councilwoman, has been appointed to the Genesee County Land Bank Board of Directors.

Washtenaw County Mining plan raises concerns Expansion could affect aquifer levels in Freedom Township, experts say

Brighton Twp After nine years of salty water and corroded sink pipes, business owners and their customers on Whitmore Lake Road south of Grand River may soon be able to drink water from their faucets.

Green Oak Twp With construction of the 500,000-square-foot Green Oak Village Place shopping center already under way at U.S. 23 and Lee Road, plans are gearing up for yet another project, Mission Hill, 1,300 new homes, just a few miles south.

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Hamburg Twp Developers, business leaders and area residents will help plan future of M-36, a busy thoroughfare.

Warren The Red Run creek that runs through Warren and Sterling Heights is contaminated with high levels of E. coli, and officials are working to find out why.

Macomb County Delayed bridge repairs draw fire.

Oakland County Bloomfield Township has tapped a well-known Troy-based architectural and planning firm to study its municipal complex as the township considers asking voters for a tax hike to fund a new senior center and other updates.

Trenton An ambitious project to transform the former McLouth Steel plant may get a $98 million boost in tax incentives.

SE Michigan The Metro Detroit housing market took a sharp dive at the end of a weak 2005, signaling more tough times ahead with interest rates rising and a scarcity of new jobs.

Grosse Ile Homeowners can relax, watch the sun set over Detroit River in quiet, safe community.

Michigan State, Metro Detroit '06 property values rise more slowly than the rest of U.S., economist says.

Romulus Wayne County has joined in a lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency to block operation of two deep injection hazardous waste wells located just minutes from I-94 and Metro Airport under the city of Romulus.

Downriver The much-maligned process of selecting a site for a third crossing between southeast Michigan and Ontario is heating up again.

Linden The City Council approved a senior residential and health complex Monday pegged by some as a key to helping revitalize the downtown.

Jackson An out-of-town developer who wants to study the former Consumers Energy headquarters for possible redevelopment will pay to keep the heat and lights on in the building.

Lake Fenton Officials are close to charging middle school athletes a $50 sports fee - a charge that is catching on across the area.

Plymouth Twp The best view in Plymouth Township might be from a suite on the seventh floor of the new Inn at St. John's, scheduled to open in January.

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