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Another day, another truckbed-full of news in Detroit. Fiat Chrysler made arguably the biggest splash with its announcement that it plans to invest $4.5 billion in five Detroit-area plants and create nearly 6,500 jobs. Central to that is plans to convert the Mack Avenue Engine Complex on Detroit’s east side to an assembly plant to build the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and a yet-to-be-named three-row Jeep SUV. If all goes according to plan, construction could begin by mid-year.

A rendering of the new Fiat Chrysler Jeep plant on the site of the Mack Avenue Engine Complex

Also, Buddy’s Pizza is coming to downtown Detroit. When? We’re not sure, exactly. But it’ll be in the Madison Building — or M@dison if you speak -isms.

Other newsables:

  • Forbes will hold its Under 30 Summit in Detroit for three years, starting this fall
  • State environmental regulators have issued a violation against the Marathon Oil Refinery in Southwest Detroit after residents complained of foul odors
  • The Detroit Public Schools Community District is reclaiming three of its buildings from charter schools, and a fourth from a church, Chalkbeat Detroit reports
  • City Council President Brenda Jones has ordered a draft ordinance that would prohibit the construction of any more bike lanes in Detroit without Council’s OK
  • Meanwhile, Council Member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez wants a report from the Ilitch family’s Olympia Development on how District Detroit is squaring with early promises (so far, we’re guessing the answer would be, “not very well”)
  • GM and Ford agree to buy wind power from DTE Energy to cover operations at facilities including GM’s RenCen offices and two Ford assembly plants
  • The owner of Flowers of Vietnam eyes a new Mexican concept on Michigan Avenue in Detroit

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