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Land Use and Zoning

2021 Commercial Land Use Outlook

  • December 30, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

2021 is shaping up as a great year to acquire or repurpose commercial property. A number of anticipated post-pandemic trends may make 2021 a year of opportunity for businesses seeking to acquire or repurpose property. The nature of 2020 and its challenges to land use […]

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First Batch of Redevelopment Zone Detroit Liquor Licenses Approved

  • June 28, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

Crain’s Detroit Business reporter Kurt Nagl wrote in May about about the City of Detroit seeking approval for 20 new liquor licenses through the Redevelopment Area Liquor Licenses that were made available through the State of Michigan. Though the matter was on the agenda for […]

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More liquor licenses could be coming to Detroit, but getting one may still be complicated

  • May 23, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

A total of 63 new Detroit liquor licenses could be issued, according to a recent article by Crain’s Detroit Business. I had the pleasure of chatting with reporter Kurt Nagl about the development. While this is good news for bars and restaurants hoping to attain […]

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City of Detroit issues guidance on how to start a food truck business

  • September 1, 2017
  • by Admin

There’s no question about it: the food truck industry is booming, especially in Detroit. Despite the industry’s rapid growth and evolution, many municipalities still offer no clear guidance on how to legally operate a food truck. This lack of guidance is understandably nerve-wracking for new […]

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Homeowner Association Acts within Authority of Bylaws

  • April 6, 2017
  • by Zana Tomich

Homeowner associations are fairly common throughout Michigan and the United States.  They are typically private associations formed by a developer who plats a subdivision to manage the development, and to enforce the restrictive covenants recorded to benefit and burden the land. They are also used […]

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Detroit to implement “pink zones” to spur commercial development

  • August 15, 2016
  • by Admin

Detroit Planning and Development officials recently announced a project intended to revive Detroit’s neighborhood business corridors while simultaneously easing the City’s notorious bureaucratic hurdles. The project, called “Pink Zoning Detroit,” aims to simplify the City’s outdated and complex land use and zoning regulations and reduce the […]

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