Bill Laitner Detroit Free Press Published 12:12 p.m. UTC Jun 28, 2018 After suffering for days through last year’s historic power outage — the worst storm-related blackout in DTE Energy’s 150-year history — one resident of Royal Oak figured he’d had enough. “I just couldn’t take it anymore,” said Chuck Semchena, 65, a lawyer and the former Royal Oak city attorney. Like countless others, across DTE Energy’s sprawling service area of 7,600 square miles, Semchena — who's lived in his house near Woodward and 13 Mile for 30 years — broke down and bought a generator. Actually, he bought three. For his 95-year-old mother Genevieve Semchena, who also lives in Royal Oak, the dutiful son bought not one but two portable power units. They got them just in time to duck two more serious outages this year — an ice storm in mid-April that knocked out nearly 400,000 DTE Energy customers, then a … [Read more...] about History of power outages riles metro Detroiters, DTE promises fixes
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The Hotel Revival won’t officially open in Mount Vernon until May 3, but some people already are trickling through the doors and booking small gathering spaces for business and personal events.Those running the 107-room boutique hotel hope to give the travelers a feel for Baltimore.“We want it to have a neighborhood feel,” said Beth Brainard, general manager of the hotel, which was the Peabody Court Wyndham on Monument Street until it closed in 2016. “We like to think we are unique and not like a big-box brand.”This will be the hotel’s niche, as it’s the newest in a line of small and mid-sized hotels that have opened in the downtown area or are planned for the city in recent years.The rooms are filled with art, about half created by local artists. The signs are painted by a local artist. There will be locally made jewelry, bow ties and other items sold in a lobby store. The head chef is from Baltimore and will develop menus based on local … [Read more...] about Hotel Revival, Baltimore’s newest boutique hotel, debuts in Mount Vernon. Take a look inside.
Before Mayor Kurt Schmoke walked through the cast-iron gates into Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the stadium's inaugural game in 1992, he said the new ballpark would "help fulfill our dreams not only on the athletic field but in the field of economic development."Twenty-five years later, the Orioles have yet to get to a World Series playing there, but Schmoke, now president of the University of Baltimore, said he'll feel "old and happy" attending Monday's season-opening Orioles game, partly because of the ballpark's impact downtown and elsewhere.The red-brick park's retro design, urban location and overnight popularity made it stand out, transforming how big league baseball fields have been built — and where they are located — ever since. But others question the extent of the stadium's economic boost, and current and former state officials say more can be done to capitalize on the stadium's appeal."Oriole Park without question changed the whole paradigm on how stadiums are … [Read more...] about Impact of Camden Yards is debated as it turns 25
Two downtown affordable housing projects are scheduled to move forward after the Tulsa Development Authority voted Thursday to award $500,000 low-interest loans to each.Following a roughly a 100-minute executive session during which commissioners also discussed other business, the TDA approved going into contract talks with the backers of Hartford Crossing and the redevelopment of the Adams Building. A total of $1 million had been up for grabs among three projects, including Carpathia, which would have revamped the Cheyenne Arms and Denver Apartments.Commissioner Nancy Roberts, who originated Thursday's motion to lend the money, said each "had established wonderful plans and a total commitment to changing some significant locations in downtown Tulsa."Hartford Crossing will be roughly an $8 million mixed-used development at First Street and Greenwood Avenue. The first floor of the five-story building would be reserved for a large restaurant and other retail space, with the remaining … [Read more...] about 2 affordable housing projects downtown to get Tulsa Development Authority loans
Downtown’s growth eased somewhat last year, with the number of residents and jobs dipping slightly, even as more apartments became available, according to the latest annual report from the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.Partnership officials used the State of Downtown presentation Thursday morning at the Hyatt Regency to implore business and civic leaders to talk up the benefits of living, working and visiting downtown — and dispel concerns over crime.“Please challenge them,” said Kirby Fowler, the organization’s long-time president, of naysayers.As pictures of bustling sidewalks and new restaurants and apartment buildings flashing around him, he called downtown vibrant.“You do not want to be in an office park,” Fowler said, even if there is free parking and less chance of witnessing the signs of poverty, addiction and homelessness.He pointed to many positive signs in the last year in the downtown area that provides more than a third of the … [Read more...] about Housing up, jobs down in Downtown Baltimore, new report shows