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Detroit News Roundup for Thursday, August 16, 2007

Woman gets 5-15 years in prison for sex with 14-year-old boy

A Melvindale mother who had sex with her son’s underage friend was sentenced Thursday to 5-15 years in prison for the illicit affair.

Michelle Perruzzi, 34, had hoped to avoid a prison term altogether for the two convictions for third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Police said Perruzzi repeatedly had sex with the 14-year-old boy in her home while her two children were in the house. The boy is a student at Melvindale High School. He told police Perruzzi molested him at least four times over a four-month period that ended in December 2005 while he stayed overnight with her son.

[via DetNews.com]

Gilbert: Mortgage squeeze could be blessing for Quicken

The national mortgage industry credit squeeze could be a “blessing in disguise” for Livonia-based Quicken Loans and Rock Financial, founder and chairman Dan Gilbert said in an interview today.

Quicken has moved in recent weeks to cut costs, slow hiring and shift all its retail lending to “plain vanilla” very-low-risk loans, Gilbert said. But it has not laid off any workers and still expects to grow mortgage lending volume this year by about 10% to more than $20 billion.

Quicken and Rock have never made subprime loans to home buyers with poor credit histories.

Their decision to build a new headquarters in downtown Detroit, which the non-haters are all hoping for, is not going to be affected. Although they keep delaying when that decision will be made. Regardless, Quicken is still a large and successful employer in the Detroit area and is something we’d like to see more of. It’s sickening to see folks in Macomb or Oakland Counties complain about any success that a local company has which may have a beneficial effect on Detroit.
[via Detroit Free Press]

DTE agreement means new wind farm in Richland

[via Detroit Free Press]

DTE deal paves way for 6500-acre wind farm

DTE Energy Co. announced today that it signed a long-term purchase agreement with Heritage Sustainable Energy LLC, allowing for the construction of a 6,500-acre wind farm in northern Michigan’s Richland Twp.

The 10-year agreement is part of the Detroit-based utility’s GreenCurrents program, which allows electric customers to pay a premium for the assurance that their power will come from renewable sources.

The agreement allows Heritage to begin construction of Stoney Corners Wind Farm, which will generate power from two, 2.5 megawatt wind turbines. The facility is expected to be in operation next spring and could expand its capacity to 100 megawatts.

DTE is doing all sorts of green things — by giving you the oppurtunity to be more green. More on that and their GreenCurrents program in another post.
[via DetNews.com]

FedEx shows off its green side

The new FedEx Corp. hybrid electric trucks are sweet rides.

Ask Dan Saville, who got the assignment to drive to Ann Arbor to pick up FedEx’s only hybrid electric truck in use in Michigan.

“It’s very nice,” said Saville, adding the 158-mile trip barely used a quarter tank of gas.

Ann Arbor’s is one of eight cities to get FedEx hybrid delivery trucks and one can only imagine Treetown was chosen because of the people who live there.
[via MLive.com]

MATT HELMS Now we know how to get to the Pointes

[via Detroit Free Press]

Pharma services firm opens in Ann Arbor; eyes ex-Pfizer workers-Michigan Business Review

A growing pharmaceutical services firm is opening a new office in Ann Arbor in mid-September, planning to hire at least 30 laid-off Pfizer workers as it seeks clients who launch start-ups.

United BioSource Corp. will occupy the first floor of an office building in Plymouth Park on the city’s northeast side.

The 10,921-square-foot office will be the firm’s first in Michigan.

[via MLive.com]

Waters Corp. expands instrument demo lab in Ann Arbor-Michigan Business Review

Scientific instrument manufacturer Waters Corp. is doubling the size of its Ann Arbor demonstration laboratory.

The company signed a lease for a 3,000-square-foot facility at 2805 S. Industrial in Ann Arbor. Waters will move from a 1,500-square-foot site less than half a mile away at 2455 S. Industrial.

[via MLive.com]

Coming to America

“Some people told us that America is dangerous because of what they see in films,” Andreas Maurer said. “But I felt safe in Detroit.”

First stop was a restaurant called Lafayette Coney Island. It is a unique place that’s main dish is hot dogs and the waiter, with a thick Greek accent, memorizes everyone’s order and shouts it to the cook on the other side of the room. The kids tried a Coney dog for the first time and gave it mixed reviews.

Next was a trip to the Hard Rock Café, and from there the group walked down Woodward Avenue toward Hart Plaza. They got wet at the fountain and walked on the Riverwalk to gaze across the Detroit River at Canada. From there they headed to the GM Building and took a ride on the People Mover.

Here’s a story of 60 member German band coming to the US for the first time, staying in South Lyon and visiting Detroit.
[via South Lyon Herald]

Dream on, all the way downtown

About a million people will line Woodward on Saturday to watch what can only be described as auto machismo in overdrive: 40,000 vehicles strutting their stuff along a 16-mile stretch of Woodward from Pontiac to Ferndale. The noise alone, most of it proffered by the deep growls of the powerful V-8, just shouts Detroit.

And that’s just why expanding the Dream Cruise, to build on its prominence, makes a lot of sense. Why shouldn’t this event stretch from Pontiac to the newly energized riverfront in Detroit? The foot of Woodward, at Jefferson, already offers the perfect turnaround.

Why is it that when people in the media repeatedly ask this question of why not expand the cruise to the riverfront it seems nobody wants to address it? I think it has something to do with a lack of regional organizations that can take charge in these matters.
[via Detroit Free Press]

Historic theater tour adds Oriental

Saturday will be the first time Preservation Wayne, an advocate for historical preservation efforts in Detroit, will include the Oriental Theatre, (a.k.a. RKO Downtown) in its annual tour of former movie palaces.

Though the auditorium of the 1927 theater was demolished in the early 1950s, parts of the lobby remain in an adjoining building near West Adams and Grand Circus Park. “Because real estate was so precious at the time, theaters had to get creative with their entrances,” says Francis Grunow, executive director of Preservation Wayne. “You can still see some of the details: columns, plaster molding and ornamental glass.”

Last year, nearly 150 people attended the four-hour walking tour of the city’s entertainment district. Tickets are $40, including a boxed lunch at the Detroit Opera House, formerly the Capitol, one of eight tour stops.

[via Detroit Free Press]

Order ahead for Detroit’s newest vegetarian fare

Perhaps the shortest, most original menu you’ll find in metro Detroit now is in Eastern Market, at a tiny new health and education center called Detroit Evolution Laboratory.

Serving only vegetarian, vegan and raw foods, the center’s menu features three lunch items weekly, made daily in limited quantities using organic or local ingredients.

This summer, chef Angela Kasmala is preparing all raw foods. This week, it’s stuffed heirloom tomatoes over sprouted quinoa salad ($10); a design-your-own salad with sugar-free, wheat-free Lioness dressing ($7); and veggie samosas ($9), using young coconut wrappers.

[via Detroit Free Press]

Dearborn TeamLogicIT restores storefront, opens tech startup

As downtowns across Metro Detroit continue to revitalize, small businesses like TeamLogicIT should be credited with making these turnarounds possible.

The new downtown Dearborn firm spent $13,000 to do some cosmetic renovations to its one-story storefront at 4929 Schaefer. Not a huge sum and not a project that will inspire countless conversations, like the proposed renovation of the old Montgomery Ward building down the street. But making one more small building better helps make downtown better and can inspire its neighbors to invest more.

Small as they may be at least they are being part of the change we need to see instead of contributing to sprawl as they otherwise might. And this is just an example. Turnarounds don’t need to consist only of major developments (like stadiums and casinos).
[via Metromode Media]

Plymouth Green Crossings in Ann Arbor construction underway

Not all of Ann Arbor’s loft developments are going up in the downtown area. Construction is moving forward at the Plymouth Green Crossings development on the city’s northeast side.

The mixed-use development’s first model is expected to open in November and its first phase is set for completion as soon as January. The project features three, three-story buildings on a 10-acre site at Plymouth and Green roads between U.S. 23 and the old Pfizer site.

Thirty-five lofts will be built on the second and third floors of each building over 24,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. There will also be two other free-standing buildings on the site. One will house a Fifth Third Bank branch while the other is designated for a 6,000-sqaure-foot restaurant with a roof deck. Among the tenants signed for the retails space are Sweetwater´s Café and Olga´s Kitchen.

Although not as tall as I would like to see, in theory these lofts represent an increase in density and will be an urban island on the fringe of the city. Mixed use is always good. The street grid around the area could probably use some work.
[via Metromode Media]

Terumo Medical Devices added nearly 100 jobs this year in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor-based Terumo Medical Devices makes equipment used in heart surgeries to replace heart and lung function when those organs have to be stopped during a surgery. They also make products that are used in bypasses and artificial vascular grafts.

Terumo’s Ann Arbor operations include corporate headquarters, research and development and a manufacturing facility. Since 2006, the Ann Arbor location has grown from from 333 to 410 while still hiring. “We have been growing every year,” says Schmid. The company also has three other manufacturing facilities in the country, with a total of 900 employees.

[via Metromode Media]

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