Monday, May 20, 2013
Grosse Pointe Woods, Shores and City councils will meet this week. Each have plans to discuss the 2013/14 fiscal year budget. The Grosse Pointe Public School Board will meet. Teacher and other staff layoffs are among the agenda items.
Here are some highlights of events scheduled in the Grosse Pointes this week: 1. Grosse Pointe Woods city council will hold the public hearing on the 2013/14 fiscal year budget beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday. According to the agenda, the council will also discuss: 2. Grosse Pointe Shores city council will meet beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday. According to the agenda, the council will discuss: 3. The City of Grosse Pointe council will meet Monday beginning at 7 p.m. According to the agenda, the council will discuss: 4. The Grosse Pointe Public School Board will meet Monday beginning at 7 p.m. According to the agenda, the board will discuss: 5. A fundraiser is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Marge's Bar in Grosse Pointe Park to help …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Grosse Pointe Farms officials did a soft launch of its new website May 1. This week officials made a more formal announcement of the new website this week before city council.
The new Grosse Pointe Farms website features online registration, resident photos and more. The project has been in the works for about a year and was an objective of the communications committee established last year as a way to analyze and improve communication between the city and its residents. City Manager Shane Reeside said Thursday the website had not been updated in about 12 years. The new site offers a new, more updated look. It also interfaces with existing software programs already used by the city, Reeside said, giving registration for recreation activities as the main example. The site, designed by Bill Costello, cost about $35,000, Reeside said. The Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation donated $10,000 toward the project, helping …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
About a dozen residents spoke Monday to the council, sitting as the Zoning Board of Appeals, most of whom were against the variance sought by St. John Providence Health System for the former Borders building in the Village.
City of Grosse Pointe council denied a variance request Monday by St. John Providence Health System for the former Borders building in the Village in a 5-2 vote. The healthcare system intended to buy the building, renovate and put about $5.4 million into it. The vote drew mass exodus from the standing-room only meeting. At issue is the amount of devoted retail space in the proposal, which is about 15 percent. The city's zoning ordinance requires 60 percent of buildings to be retail, allowing up to 40 percent as office space. The building at 17141 Kercheval Ave. formerly housed Borders Books, which closed in 2011 amidst bankruptcy proceedings by the now defunct Ann Arbor-based chain. It is 19,800 square-feet. Comments from the public …
Monday, May 13, 2013
A variance hearing related to the former Borders building in the Village is among the many items happening this week in the Grosse Pointes. St. John Providence Health System is seeking an area variance to convert the building into mostly office space.
Here are a few of the highlights of events scheduled this week in the Grosse Pointes: 1. The City of Grosse Pointe council will have a zoning variance hearing Monday beginning at 7 p.m. to consider a proposal by St. John Providence Health System to buy and utilize the former Borders building. The variance being sought is to turn most of the building into office space for various medical departments and to keep approximately 15 percent of the building retail facing Kercheval Avenue. 2. The Grosse Pointe Business Association of Mack Avenue will have a sidewalk sale from Thursday through Saturday this week. 3. The Grosse Pointe Farms city council will meet Monday beginning at 7 p.m. According to the agenda (an online version of the agenda …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Grosse Pointe Woods council; Grosse Pointe Woods/North High School flower sale; and the Grosse Pointe Shores Finance Committee are scheduled for this week.
A few highlights of the many events scheduled this week in the Grosse Pointes: 1. The Grosse Pointe Woods City Council will meet beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday. According to the agenda, the council will discuss: 2. The annual Grosse Pointe Woods/North High School PTO flower sale is Friday May 10 and Saturday May 11 in front of city hall on Mack Avenue. Flowers may be ordered in advance by May 9 and be delivered for free. 3. The Grosse Pointe Shores Finance Committee will meet beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday. An agenda has not yet been published.
Friday, May 3, 2013
St. John Providence Health System officials answered questions one-on-one with City of Grosse Pointe residents and other community members Thursday during an open house in the former Borders location concerning their plan to purchase the building.
The open house hosted Thursday by St. John Providence officials in the former Borders building drew City of Grosse Pointe residents, fellow Village business owners and other community members. Health system officials estimated turnout to be anywhere from 75 to 200 people. Numerous health system officials, including administration and board members were on hand to answer questions of the public in a one-on-one format. The intention of the open house was not only to answer questions of the public but also to provide health system employees with a gauge on the community's reception and concerns about their plans for the currently vacant building that formerly housed Borders Books, spokeswoman Sara E. Brown previously told Patch. St. John …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Officials are planning to do a complete renovation of the former Border building to outfit it with two retail spaces facing Kercheval Avenue. Additional renovations will focus on establishing space for the health system, including physical therapy and mor
St. John Providence intends to put $5.4 million into the former Borders building if the organization purchases the now vacant space in the Village. The proposal will be decided upon by the City of Grosse Pointe Council May 13. Council members already have the proposed plans for the building, St. John Providence Health System spokeswoman Sara E. Brown said. The intent is to make the building fit into the Village more by making the facade similar in design to others, she said, explaining it would be a more "warm and friendly" feel. Among the proposed plans are two small retail storefronts that will face Kercheval Avenue. One will be about 1,700 square feet and the other about 1,300 square feet, Brown said. The remainder of the 19,800 …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
In a Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, the Grosse Pointe Woods city council participated in a section-by-section review of the proposed 2013/14 fiscal year budget.
After several meetings in which budget suggestions have been made and implemented into the budget, the Grosse Pointe Woods city council completed a section-by-section review of the proposed version Monday night. Woods Comptroller/Treasurer Dee Ann Irby provided council members with a brief overview of the budget, highlighting some changes and some projections for future years based on the current financial situation. The overall proposed 2013/14 fiscal year budget is a bit more than $32 million, which is approximately $1.2 million less than last year's budget, Irby said. It includes a 0.008 percent tax rate increase, which brings the total overall rate to the headlee override limit. The rate will be 14.0492 mills. In November, residents …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The Grosse Pointe Park city council approved changes to an existing ordinance addressing refuse placement by residents.
Grosse Pointe Park city council recently approved amendments to an ordinance addressing the placement of garbage outside of residential properties. The city attorney began looking at the refuse ordinance after city officials began receiving complaints from one resident about a neighboring resident placing all of his garbage in front of their home. Language was added to the ordinance to clarify where garbage may be placed on collection day-- "on the curb." Councilman Daniel Grano said he thought the amended language was too vague. Councilman Daniel Clarke said the intent of the amendment was to have residents put their trash on the curb in front of their own house. Ultimately, the council approved the amendment unanimously and without …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Grosse Pointe Public School teachers will vote today on a proposed contract; City of Grosse Pointe council will discuss an agreement with Grosse Pointe Park for emergency dispatch services; Grosse Pointe Shores will swear in a new public safety officer.
Here are the highlights of the many events scheduled in the Grosse Pointes this week: 1. Grosse Pointe Public School teachers will vote today on a proposed four year contract that if passed will take effect March 25. 2. Grosse Pointe Woods city council will meet Monday beginning at 7:30 p.m. According to the agenda, the council will discuss: 3. Grosse Pointe Shores city council will meet Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. According to the agenda, the council will discuss: 4. City of Grosse Pointe council will meet Monday beginning at 7 p.m. According to the agenda, the council will discuss: 5. The Grosse Pointe Public School Board will meet Monday beginning at 7 p.m. According to the agenda, the board will discuss: