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Detroit News Roundup for Monday July 16, 2007

Woodward Avenue Action Association Encourages Metro Detroiter’s, Businesses and Religious Organizations to Register for the ‘Hands Along Woodward’ Human Chain

Woodward Avenue Action
Association (WA3) is encouraging metro Detroiter’s, businesses and
religious organizations to register for “Hands Along Woodward,” a human
chain that will run along sidewalks on the west side of Woodward Avenue 27
miles from the Detroit River to Pontiac on Sunday, August 19 at 2 p.m. The
event is free to all participants is a part of the WA3’s activities to
celebrate Woodward Avenue’s 200th Birthday.
“Woodward Avenue connects our region so we decided to create an
unprecedented event that demonstrates our partnership, strength, heritage,
diversity and pride,” said Harriet Saperstein, WA3 Chairperson. Hands Along
Woodward is also part of the WA3’s partnership with Gleaners Community Food
Bank to host a month-long food drive to raise 200,000 pounds of food for
metro Detroit.
Parking and bike corrals will be available at six locations along
Woodward: the Fox Garage (behind Hockeytown Cafe), Lots 1 and 2 (across
from Comerica Park), the Detroit Zoo, Michigan State Fair, Cranbrook, Lot 9
in Pontiac (adjacent to the Phoenix Center at the Woodward Loop and Saginaw
St.). Also, SMART will be providing regular Sunday bus service along
Woodward from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. free of charge.

The Woodward Avenue Action Association is an organization made up of the cities and the businesses that lie along the Woodward Avenue corridor, between Detroit and Pontiac, such as Royal Oak, Ferndale, and Birmingham. The corridor is dense with jobs, homes, and shops and is serviced by frequent buses from SMART and DDOT and is a natural corridor for future light rail development.

[via PR Newswire (press release)]

Score One to Build First Motown in China with ABS Expert

“We are trying to build a China ‘Motown in Dalian,’ a miniature of the mirror image of Detroit in the United States,” enlightened by Ms. Hoi-ho Kiu, Chairman and CEO of Score One, Inc.

Every province of China wants its own Detroit.
[via CNNMoney.com]

Packard site for sale

The 38-acre Packard Motor Car Co. site on East Grand Boulevard in Detroit is finally up for sale after a decade of court battles, said David Wax, senior associate at Farmington Hills-based Burger Easton & Co.

The city had started to demolish buildings on the site, including the Albert Kahn-designed plant built in 1903 that sprawls over 3.5 million square feet.

Among options: “Spend about $3 million to demolish the buildings and start from clay,” Wax said, or “If they can save the Fort Shelby and Book Cadillac (downtown hotels), this building is certainly as viable.”

There have been songs written about the Albert Kahn-designed Packard plant. Detroit techno history took place here as well as automotive history. It would be a shame to see it torn down at a cost of $3 million but it will be a few more years before the residential area surrounding it improves enough for serious redevelopment dollars to go into it, I think.

[via Crain’s Detroit Business]

Michigan Based Internet Marketing Strategy Consulting Firm to Buy …

Spartan Internet Consulting Corporation announced Friday night that the company intends to purchase the 32,000 square foot Holmes Street elementary school building. Spartan Internet intends to convert the 84 year old building to accommodate the growth of the company, as they plan to add 30-40 jobs within the next 24 months. Additionally, Spartan Internet envisions the building to be a technology center for the Lansing region.

A Michigan company that is part of the new economy and which is growing and also has offices in Detroit.

[via PR Leap (press release)]

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