Another thumbs-up for the city of Detroit

The other day Tom came home from the Green Garage and said, "I love working with the city of Detroit!". What immediately pops into your mind? Do you think he was being sarcastic? With Detroit's reputation, I'm guessing most of you would. In this case, however, he was quite sincere. He and Tom Bradley had just returned from a series of 4 meetings with different departments in Detroit that dealt with our Brownfield submission (we're applying for Obsolete Property Tax Abatement on the costs of construction). At each office they entered, people were ready and waiting for them, and went out of their way to help with the process. Both Toms were impressed. This isn't the only time we have been surprised by our dealings with the city. When we submitted our 25-page construction plans to the city … [Read more...]

Some positive news about Detroit

Yesterday we received 2 pieces of great news - we received our permit to begin construction at the Green Garage, and the permit for the Green Alley. Hooray! We're pleased for ourselves (now we can begin construction), but we're also happy to send out a positive report about working in the city of Detroit. We sent our plans for the Green Garage into the city just 1 1/2 weeks ago, and here we sit today with permit in hand. That's remarkable! We have done construction projects in other cities, and have been told that they wouldn't even LOOK at our application for 2 weeks, let alone comb through it for approval. So this represents lightning speed - good for you Detroit! What's even more amazing to me is the fact that this is not your usual project. We had to pass plumbing, electrical, … [Read more...]

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