Macomb County – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sat, 20 Oct 2018 03:57:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 LISTEN: Here’s How We Could Fix Michigan’s High Auto Insurance Prices Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:45:25 +0000 Michigan’s auto insurance costs consistently rank the highest in the nation. Same for the city of Detroit, which can cost double the state’s already high average.

How to fix this madness that’s emptying the pockets of Michiganders? Lawyer and Auto Law Blog writer Steve Gursten has some ideas.

In this thoughtful conversation with Sven Gustafson, Steve lines out the problems and some of a possible solution to this problem… without getting rid of lots of benefits.

But it would require the politicians to do something they’ve been unwilling to do up to this point. And insurance companies probably wouldn’t like it, either.

Sven and Steve also discuss the merits of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s lawsuit, with the goal of bringing insurance prices down.

Below is the interview as part of the Daily Detroit podcast:

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So Far In 2018, Every Apartment Development In Metro Detroit Has Been Luxury Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:47:08 +0000

Every single large-scale apartment development built in Detroit this year has been a luxury development.

That’s according to new data by compiled by RentCafe. In 2017, 76% of developments in Metro Detroit were luxury; and this year so far, every single apartment developed has been on the high end.

This is in line with a national trend. Nationally, about 87% of all large-scale apartment buildings completed in the first half of 2018 are high-end.

It shows the importance of set-asides for affordable housing, given widespread market forces oriented toward building housing only for rich folks.

The city of Detroit, when incentive money is provided, often mandates that 20 percent of the units are rented at “affordable” rates, meaning in-line with a percentage of the median income of the metro area. The percentage varies with the project.

The apartment construction data was provided by Yardi Matrix, a RENTCafé sister company specializing in market intelligence on multi-family properties of 50 units or more in more than 130 U.S. markets.

It classifies luxury rental properties as those that fall into the discretionary and high mid-range price categories with luxury finishes.

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I-696 Still Construction Still Halted, National Guard Could Step In Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:34:14 +0000

Could we be looking at winter with an entire direction of I-696 remaining closed?

That’s the concern of Warren Mayor Jim Fouts amid an ongoing labor lockout that has ground road constructions projects in the region to a halt.

He’s asked Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to declare a state of emergency to intervene in the disagreement between the Operating Engineers Local 324 and the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association, a group of contractors.

For his part, a spokesman for Governor Snyder has said that a state of emergency would “do nothing” to deal with the issue.

Work has been halted for more than two weeks due to an impasse, and there are no signs the two parties are coming to the negotiating table.

In his letter, Fouts outlines the dangers of traffic congestion on main roads and in neighorboods in Warren. He says traffic accidents have surpassed all of last year by 27%, and it’s only September. He also outlines concerns for emergency response vehicles.

Another major metro Detroit road project affected by the impasse is south of the city. The I-75 bridge reconstruction over the Rouge River sits quiet.

Last week, media reports said that Governor Snyder was consulting with the attorney general’s office and looking at possible legislative action. Taking the dispute to the courts to push the two sides together is also reportedly on the table.

In the meantime, the clock is ticking. Mother Nature doesn’t wait for labor disputes, and if work doesn’t resume soon, the projects may not be completed by winter.

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Warren Location Of Estia Greek Street Food To Open On October 1 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:35:28 +0000 After a five month build out, Estia Greek Street Food is expecting to open its Warren location on Monday, October 1.

The Greek fast-casual restaurant will be located at Twelve Mile and Mound Road.

The 3,000 square foot, 90-seat restaurant with a 24-seat patio was built from reclaimed materials from around the Detroit metro region.

“Both Paul and I grew up in this area and there are no words to describe how exciting it is to open up a restaurant here,” owner George Xenos said. “We look forward to serving the good people of Warren and beyond the food that we grew up eating.”

The menu includes handmade pita bread, gyros and Greek salads. The restaurant will also have two serving lines to insure that diners will be able to get their food quickly.

As part of the opening day festivities the first 50 people in line for opening day will get a gyro a week for an entire year.

The locally-owned Estia Greek Street Food also has a location in Troy.

The Warren location will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Estia Greek Street Food is located at 5753 Twelve Mile Road Warren, MI 48092

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Two Longtime Eastside Dining Favorites Due For Remodeling Wed, 12 Sep 2018 02:06:14 +0000

Two fixtures of eastside Detroit dining are due to be gussied up.

We previously reported on the purchase of an eastside favorite, Karas Brothers. Now comes word that the new owners of the St. Clair Shores restaurant are going to close the place — known for its great breakfasts and gyros — for two weeks for a makeover.

On Facebook, the new owners say they plan to stay true to its core but are adding quote “a little twist to make it feel more at home for us and our customers.”

Karas currently has an overall four-and-a-half star rating on Yelp.

Karas Brothers is located at 27414 Harper Avenue
in St. Clair Shores | Facebook page

In other eastside remodeling news, longtime Detroit steakhouse Capers is also undergoing a freshening.

Capers is known for serving steak by the ounce and its crazy Margaritas. It’s located on Gratiot just south of State Fair and has been around since 1982. Here’s our previous write-up.

Both the inside and the outside of the restaurant have been remodeled. They’re aiming to re-open on Thursday evening.

Capers is located at 14726 Gratiot in Detroit | Website

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Buses In Macomb County Will Roll On: SMART Ballot Recount Withdrawn Thu, 30 Aug 2018 19:23:23 +0000

If you could imagine one of metro Detroit’s three major counties without bus service… well, it almost happened.

Macomb County voters narrowly approved a ballot measure funding SMART – the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation – in August.

The margin of victory for the millage renewal, however, was less than 40 votes. So the advocacy group The Macomb Taxpayers Alliance requested a recount of the 155,000 votes cast.

After finishing a recount by the Macomb Board of Canvassers of 75 percent of the votes — a process that began August 29 — there was just a three vote difference.

“With only 25 percent of the recount left, it was clear the previously-certified election results would not be reversed. Given how incredibly close this tax vote was, voters deserved a recount to make sure the initial results were correct,” said Simon Haddad, vice chair of the MTA.

The original certified vote count will stand.

“We are thrilled to be able to get back to concentrating on doing what we do best, which is getting 70 percent of SMART riders to work and getting people with special needs and those who are unable to afford a car to the places they need to go,” said John C. Hertel, General Manager of SMART. “Now that this is over, we are going to continue to build on the successful service that has resulted in an 11 percent increase in ridership. Also, as always, we not only look forward to our collaboration with Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties, but also our renewed and promising coordination efforts with the City of Detroit.”

The 1-mill millage will be in effect for four years.

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LISTEN: Atwater Beach Breaks Ground, Norma G’s To Open & Your News Tue, 28 Aug 2018 03:04:12 +0000

Here’s your show, recorded on August 27, 2018:

The new Atwater Beach broke ground today on the Detroit Riverfront. We give you the details and talk with their President & CEO, Mark Wallace, about the plans.

Also… A man has died after being hit by a car on the Belle Isle bridge.

– Norma G’s Detroit is coming to life in the Jefferson Chalmers, Detroit Michigan area.

– A 275 year old tree was cut down in Ferndale. More pics that you’ll want to check out here.

– A local man won half a million bucks.. on his fourth scratch-off ticket.

– There’s a sushi debacle surrounding the Detroit Sushi Fest at Eastern Market Corporation over the weekend, and festival goers are taking their displeasure online.

– And, if you’re looking for fun, joebar has a Michael Jackson party on Wednesday.

Of course, if you like the Daily Detroit podcast, don’t forget to subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or wherever you download your favorite shows.

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PODCAST: Garlin Gilchrist Gets The Democratic Lt. Gov Nod, Hatch Detroit Finalists & Your News Tue, 21 Aug 2018 03:05:56 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit for August 20, 2018. Your Detroit news:

– Detroiter Garlin Gilchrist the second has been picked to be the running mate for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer. Sven and Jer discuss.

– There has been some confusion around the funeral arrangements for the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who died last week at the age of 76. So here’s what you need to know.

– One of the last remaining members of the Motown studio band known as the Funk Brothers has died. The Freep reports that guitarist Eddie Willis died Monday morning at his home in Mississippi following complications from a childhood bout with polio. He was 82. Link:

– Dogs and Degas apparently do go together. The Detroit Institute of Arts is holding their first-ever animal adoption event.

– Brix Wine and Charcuterie Boutique will be closing its West Village location on the city’s east side at the end of the month… and Atomic Chicken is calling it quits.

– Certified results for the SMART bus millage are in and the final tally widened a bit to 39 votes, instead of 23 as initially thought.

–  The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Presented by Bedrock is down to its four finalists:

  • Neighborhood Grocery
  • Paradise Natural Foods
  • Slyde
  • Toma Detroit

They’re competing for a $50,000 prize from Comerica Bank and $200,000 worth of pro-bono services from Hatch Detroit and its partners. Representatives from each of the four startup business finalists joined us today in the studio to talk about their proposals alongside Vittoria Katanski, Hatch Detroit’s executive director. You can find out more and vote at

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PODCAST: Aretha Franklin gravely ill, Ossian Sweet House update with Karen Dybis & more Mon, 13 Aug 2018 21:54:00 +0000

Here’s our show on August 13, 2018.

– The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is said to be “gravely ill.” That’s according to multiple reports and family friend Evrod Cassimy, a WDIV anchor and reporter.

– Legendary Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris had his number 47 retired over the weekend.

– The historic David Stott tower in Capitol Park will soon reopen as luxury housing and office space. According to the Freep, asking prices for the apartments could set a new record for price-per-square-foot in downtown Detroit.

– Karen Dybis (writer of these books) joins us on the show to share what’s happening to the historic Ossian Sweet House, and the story behind the important building.

– Sven was out of town last week, so we saved our discussion about the primary election and news of the week for when he came back from the woods.

– A legal analysis by Detroit’s Law Department says that City Council President Jones may be able to keep her local seat while serving for a time in the U.S. Congress.

– On the Detroit side of Mack between Outer Drive and Cadieux sits East English Village, a neighborhood built between the 1920s and 1950s. It’s a neighborhood that doesn’t always get much press attention. But maybe now it will.

– Sunoco stations across Detroit are being sued in Federal court. They’re accused of selling Viagra without a prescription as an “all-natural” male enhancement pill.

You can find the Daily Detroit News Byte wherever you download your favorite podcasts.

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PODCAST: Understanding the impact of PFAS in Michigan with Garret Ellison of MLIVE, election results, and your Detroit stories Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:55:23 +0000

From the studios of Podcast Detroit in the Cass Corridor, this is your Daily Detroit News Byte recorded on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

We have primary election results, headlines, and today’s deep dive is about P-FAS. The chemical, used in firefighting and a bunch of consumer and industrial applications, has caused a lot of environmental concern. Sven Gustafson talks with MLIVE and Grand Rapids Press reporter Garret Ellison who has been at the forefront of covering the crisis.

Also: We talk election results (including a squeaker of a race when it comes to transit)

The folks behind the Detroit Shipping Company have another project up their sleeves – plus an update on a future burger joint.

General Motors and ExxonMobil have rolled out a new feature for 2017 and newer model Buicks aimed at making buying gas simpler.

Ferndale and Detroit will be getting new public skate parks.

The 10 millionth Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly line in Flat Rock.

Belle Isle’s trees have seen extensive damage due to a quick but intense storm on Monday.

The Detroit News reports that Detroit is having a very tough time getting landlords to comply with new regulations.

And there’s a walking tour on Saturday, August 18th aims to show off the potential – and beauty – of some vacant houses in the Jefferson Chalmers and Riverbend neighborhoods.

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