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Ford, DTE Energy team up to build state's largest solar panel system

Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne will be getting a renewable energy transformation.

The plant will be converted into one of Michigan's largest solar power generation systems, teaming up with DTE Energy and Xtreme Power to capture renewable energy. The 500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic panel system will be installed as a team effort between Ford and Detroit Edison, which will allow the facility to store 2 million watt-hours of energy, enough to power 100 homes for a year, via batteries. Xtreme Power, of Austin, Texas, is supplying the on-site energy storage and power management system.

That energy will help power the production of fuel-efficient small cars. A secondary, smaller solar energy system will be integrated at a later date to power lighting systems at Michigan Assembly.

Jennifer Moore, manager of corporate news for Ford Motor Company, says Ford looks at the energy it uses not only in its cars, but in its facilities that make cars. "As part of our overall sustainability efforts, one of the things we take a look at is energy efficiency in our facilities around the world," she says. "We use alternative energies in a number of our facilities around the globe. The use of renewable energy is something we've looked at for a long time."

The solar energy installation is part of Detroit Edison's pilot SolarCurrents program, which calls for photovoltaic systems to be installed on customer rooftops or property. This project was funded by a $3 million investment from Detroit Edison's SolarCurrents program, a $2 million grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission, and approximately $800,000 from Ford.

The systems at Michigan Assembly are expected to save an estimated $160,000 per year in energy costs. Installation begins later this year.

Ford also will install 10 electric vehicle-charging stations at Michigan Assembly, for electric switcher trucks that transport parts between facilities, also provided by Xtreme Power.

Moore says Ford is also investigating whether car batteries have a second life as storage units. And, while vehicles make the obvious environmental footprint, the automaker still seeks to lessen that footprint and make its facilities more energy-efficient.

"It is genuinely part of our overall sustainability efforts as a company," she says.

Source: Jennifer Moore, manager of corporate news for Ford Motor Company
Writer: Kristin Lukowski

Dearborn lands climate action plan grant

For the city of Dearborn, a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Energy means a plan.

A climate action plan, that is, to take an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions for both the community and the government and then plan for ways to reduce them, says Dearborn's sustainability coordinator, Dave Norwood. The specifics will depend on the city department -- legal will have different ways to be more energy-efficient than, say, the department of public works -- and the city hopes to work with large corporate partners around town, such as Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center, and AAA.

Among the things they'll be measuring include vehicle miles traveled and electricity consumed, Norwood says. "We're looking to save the taxpayers dollars, and be more efficient with taxpayer dollars," he says.

In all, the DNRE is awarding $246,547 in Community Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant funding to five municipalities for projects that focus on climate action planning. Dearborn, Hazel Park, Southgate, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor are all grant recipients, receiving about $50,000 each.

The grant requires municipalities to develop a greenhouse gas inventory and a plan that addresses emissions, climate, and energy challenges. The cities will be required to match the state funds by at least 25 percent.

Norwood says the city would also assess itself on bike-ability and walk-ability and look at the zoning ordinances to see how greenhouse gas emissions are affected through the development of neighborhoods. The city also hopes to form a mayor's environmental commission for information about ideas and trends.

The things that could be coming to Dearborn down the line include geothermal heat, solar panels, and boilers that need to be replaced, depending on what's most needed and has a quick payback.
And the city plans to utilize urban gardens and farms that are already in place.


Norwood points out that when he started more than a year ago, he had no budget. "Now we can start doing more, leveraging dollars in a wiser fashion," he says. "This P2 grant is a great opportunity. This is going to be very good for the city."

Source: Dave Norwood, sustainability coordinator, city of Dearborn
Writer: Kristin Lukowski

Lockharts BBQ opens in downtown Royal Oak

Pushed back from a spring opening, Lockhart's BBQ in downtown Royal Oak is due to open its doors early next week.

The owners of the Royal Oak Brewery and Detroit Beer Company have been working on opening a barbecue restaurant in downtown Royal Oak. Lockhart's BBQ will specialize in traditional southern barbecue that is smoked and made to order on site. Partner Drew Ciora is a native of Texas.

The restaurant is on the ground floor of the old Consumers Gas building at 202 E Third St., kitty corner from the Royal Oak Brewery. The 1920s-era building was recently renovated. The eatery will occupy 5,000 square feet on the ground floor, which equates to enough room to seat 147 people, including the outside patio. An estimated $700,000 was spent on the project.

Source: Lockhart's BBQ
Writer: Kristin Lukowski

Pontiac unveils latest Woodward Tribute sculpture

A tribute sculpture commemorating Pontiac's role in the history of Woodward Avenue is to be fully in place today, with a celebration planned for next week.

The Pontiac Tribute, the second such monument along Woodward, was installed last month to raise awareness about the history behind Michigan's Main Street and its importance to not only the state but the U.S. and the world. The sculptures are robust columns that depict part of Woodward's history. Ferndale's was installed in 2008.

The final touches on the sculpture are expected to be put in place today. It will also be absorbing light so it can be turned on, says Nicole Brown, outreach and promotions coordinator for the Woodward Avenue Action Association, the organization behind the effort. "The significance of it in Pontiac is celebrating transportation heritage," she says.

The tribute came about as a result of a lot of hard work, Brown says, and a laundry list of supporters and sponsors, including the city of Pontiac, Oakland County, and the Michigan Department of Transportation. "People are really excited about it," Brown says. "It's something positive that's happening in the city of Pontiac. It's been received really well, from residents and members of the business community."

Pontiac's Tribute is at the corner of Woodward and Whitmore, in the area commonly known as the "teardrop." Negotiations are currently ongoing with Detroit for its tribute, with an announcement expected later this year about its location. The ultimate goal is to have one for each city along Woodward to recognize each of their unique contributions.

The Pontiac Tribute's $150,000 price tag was funded in part by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration's National Scenic Byways funds and other contributors.

WA3 and the city of Pontiac are hosting a public tribute illumination reception on Wednesday; click here for details.

Source: Nicole Brown, outreach and promotions coordinator for the Woodward Avenue Action Association
Writer: Kristin Lukowski

MDOT brings Metro Trail to I-275

The state is already planning for improvements to bike paths next year, starting with the "non-motorized spine" linking communities in Wayne County.

In all, about 5.5 miles of the Metro Trail will be reconstructed. Projects will begin in the spring and will include rehab of six bridges and two boardwalks, a new pedestrian signal at Ecorse Road, and new signage.

Work is scheduled on the I-275 Metro Trail (along Hines Drive where needed), and on Michigan Ave. The rehabilitation was made a priority by both the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Metro Region Nonmotorized Advisory Committee, says Kari Arend, an MDOT communications representative, in an e-mail. The path has fallen into disrepair since its construction back in the 1970s, and MDOT began planning efforts to rehabilitate the path about four years ago.

MDOT "recognizes the need to serve a variety of transportation modes," she writes.

Also on the plate is work on I-94 south to the Lower Huron and Willow Metroparks, which includes rehab and connection to those parks.


The
Metro Trail links not only communities and counties, but other path systems, roads, and future routes. Future plans call for extending the path north up M-5 to link to Oakland County trail systems, and eventually extending the trail into the city of Monroe.

Rehab, with regular maintenance, can extend the trail's life by another 30 to 40 years. "Following completion of the trail upgrades and linkages, it is hoped many more users will use this non-motorized option," Arend writes.

Also planned are extensions of an M-5 project from 13 Mile to 14 Mile and from 14 Mile to Maple Road. Current plans call for the use of Meadowbrook and 13 Mile to connect the M-5 path to the existing I-275 trail, which ends at Meadowbrook in Novi.

Tree, shrubs, and other plants are being incorporated to reduce erosion and improve drainage and aesthetics. Boardwalks will be constructed in wetland areas to avoid damage to the environment.

Source: Kari Arend, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Transportation
Writer: Kristin Lukowski

State Rep. Switalski pushes through Complete Streets law

What makes a street complete -- bike lanes, accessible bus stops, pedestrian crossings?

Yes, yes, and yes. Earlier this month, Michigan became the 14th state to adopt Complete Streets legislation, which incorporates sidewalks, bike lanes, special bus lanes, crossing opportunities, and other features that benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and users of public transportation, into road planning.

State Rep. Jon Switalski, D-Warren, one of the bill's sponsors, says another thing to consider is the flow of young people leaving Michigan. What he's seeing more and more is young professionals first moving to a new location -- Chicago, say, or the east coast -- and then looking for a job, instead of the other way around.

"They want to live in sustainable communities, to use different modes of transportation to get to work and places of leisure," he says. "In many places in Michigan, there is only one way to get around, by automobile."

"Transportation policy, when it comes to planning our communities, is a critical piece of transforming Michigan into a place that is desirable for young professionals to live, and a piece of the puzzle to turning our economy around."

Switalski explains that the state will develop a model Complete Streets policy for communities to use as a guide to interpret based on their own situations. In the past, the Michigan Department of Transportation hasn't been required to take the communities' desires into consideration; if the community has adopted a Complete Streets policy, they have to work together.

Somewhere, there's a compromise -- there can't be an industrial corridor next to bike trails, but a downtown doesn't have to have a six-lane highway, either. "What this is really doing is putting [forward] a new way of thinking about transportation policy," he says. "This is not a mandate, but a completely different way of looking at possibilities to move people and goods around the state."

Also, cities and townships will be encouraged to look at Complete Streets when updating their master plans.

Cyclists were among the supporters of the bill, as were senior advocates and healthy lifestyle groups. In Switalski's community of Warren, there are many senior citizens that may not have someone to take them to the pharmacy or grocery store.

"A lot of senior citizens feel trapped in their homes," he says. "They don't have options. It's not safe for them to walk across Van Dyke."

Plus, in many new developments, there are no sidewalks or walking paths, which makes it hard for students to even walk to school anymore. "Kids get dropped off or get a bus, but there is no other way," he says. "I believe many, many people will benefit from this [legislation]."

Source: State Rep. Jon Switalski
Writer: Kristin Lukowski

Downtown Ferndale makes room for 11 new businesses

A small, empty storefront? Not in downtown Ferndale. Not for long, anyway.

The inner-ring suburb has had a banner summer, business-wise, with four new businesses opening, another seven coming, and several more in lease negotiations.

"Especially given the economy, it's showing that all the years of working to establish a stronger business base for the economy, getting all the wheels in motion, is helping us continue to grow despite a down economy," says Cristina Sheppard-Decius,
executive director of the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority. "We're in a position where we're still viable, there's still growth happening."

The new businesses include Rouge, a quirky nail and makeup salon; Visions of Canada, offering what it bills as the world's thinnest glasses; business and information technology consultants Ardent Cause; and Hybrid Moments, a used vinyl and clothing store.

A bakehouse and microcreamery, a painting shop, an espresso bar, and a vodka distillery are yet to come. The range of products and services "follows our mantra of being entrepreneurs and creative business owners," Sheppard-Decius says.

She said a good two-thirds of the people who patronize Ferndale businesses are from outside of the area, mostly those who live up and down the Woodward or I-696 corridors. "It's pulling in a very diverse economy of people," she says. "They're finding something unique."

Also, it's the smaller retail spaces that are going fast, sometimes being leased again within a couple of weeks. That's also a reflection of how small firms are flourishing: "There are a lot of creative minds out there," she says.

Source: Cristina Sheppard-Decius, executive director of the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kristin Lukowski

Birmingham-Troy transit center preps for fall groundbreaking

The combo rail, bus, car, bike, and pedestrian facility that will serve Birmingham, Troy and the entire area has secured its funding and is now working out the kinks for construction.

The transit center received $8.4 million from the Federal Railroad Administration earlier this year, bringing to the total to about $10 million, more than the $7 million planners hoped to build it with.
Other funds came from stimulus money and Michigan Department of Transportation matches. "We've got more money than we originally anticipated," says Jana Ecker, planning director for city of Birmingham.

Birmingham and Troy had also set aside money to contribute, just in case, but it's looking like that won't be needed after all. "The way things have been going with the funding, I think we're going to be OK," Ecker says.

Planners can't pinpoint a construction schedule yet because it's hard to tell when the Federal Railroad Administration is going to actually deliver the money. "We've been giving them oodles and oodles of paperwork," Ecker says. "It was great when we got all the funding in place, but we still have a lot of hurdles and hoops to jump through to get everything coordinated and wrapped up."

The next site plan review meeting is scheduled for Sept. 8, which should give them preliminary approval. Details have remained mostly unchanged, and include a pedestrian tunnel and areas for traffic from bicycles, automobiles, buses and the planned northern extension of the Detroit-Ann Arbor commuter rail line.
Optimistically, Ecker hopes to see a late fall groundbreaking.

The proposed site is in Birmingham's emerging Rail District. The cities plan to create a transit oriented development district around the station that would roughly be bordered by Crooks, Adams, Maple Road, and Lincoln Street.

Ecker says there will likely be joint planning in the transit center area in the form of a transit center district, which could make help increase development in the surrounding area. "People are so happy to see something's actually going to be done," Ecker says.

Source: Jana Ecker, planning director for city of Birmingham
Writer: Kristin Lukowski

Detroit Edison to build 500-kw solar system at Monroe County Comm College

Monroe County Community College will soon be home to a 500-kilowatt, $3-million photovoltaic renewable energy system to benefit both the college and customers of Detroit Edison.

The 20-year agreement will not only provide the utility's customers with renewable energy from the sun, but also give students at MCCC a chance to see live and up close just how renewable energy works. "We're supporting the educational initiatives of the college," says Detroit Edison marketing program manager Ray Zoia. "We're going to be providing them with access to the facility, for the purpose of educating students."

He also expects there will be a kiosk of information so students can see how the system works, how much energy it's generating, and other details. MCCC's system will generate enough energy to power about 100 homes in a year.

The system will be installed on the east side of campus and should be up and running by spring. It's part of Detroit Edison's pilot SolarCurrents program, which calls for photovoltaic systems to be installed on customer property or rooftops over the next five years. The goal is to generate 15 megawatts of electricity throughout Southeast Michigan.

The utility-owned energy program is new, but it's part of the overall renewable energy program that all utilities have to invest in. Zoia says the utility has funding for about 40-50 projects over the next five years through surcharges on customer bills for the purpose of renewable energy.

"This is part of our commitment to renewable energy," says media relations representative Len Singer. "The solar program is fairly new, but it's really encouraging to be seeing the kind of response that we're getting to be able to move forward."

Detroit Edison, a a subsidiary of DTE Energy, also recently announced that it is planning to build a 200-kilowatt, $1 million solar installation on the roof of a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan parking structure in downtown Detroit.

In return for providing space for the utility-owned system, customers will get an annual payment or credit on their energy bill based on the system size, as well as a one-time, upfront construction payment to cover any inconvenience during installation.

Source: Ray Zoia, Detroit Edison marketing program manager
Writer: Kristin Lukowski

Pontiac fills empty storefronts with free rent program

Why would retailers move into a downtown area where there are few office workers? And why would an office relocate to an area where there are few retailers?

Two reasons: they do it together, and they get a year's worth of free rent to do it. The solution may be in the Rising of the Phoenix program in Pontiac's business district, a program between renters and landlords to offer a year's worth of free rent in exchange for a multi-year lease.

Phil Wojtowicz, a member of the Pontiac Downtown Development Authority's economic restructuring committee, said the idea came about after visiting with brokers in Pontiac to discuss what can be done to improve the vacancy rates and to move some of the vacant properties, either by selling or leasing. "At the initial meeting, we just basically listed all the impressions that people have of Pontiac, positive or negative," Wojtowicz says. "We were mainly interested in the negative impressions, because those are the ones we have to deal with on a daily basis in order to get people to come into the downtown area and do business."

They found many of the perceptions, including Pontiac's crime-infested reputation, as inaccurate; in fact, they found, Pontiac's not far from other nearby communities, especially during business hours. "The crime statistics for the downtown area relatively low," he says. "Pontiac itself has issues, but the DDA is a pretty safe place to do business."

Wojtowicz explained that the Rise of the Phoenix plan is a blueprint to re-tenant Pontiac and increase business activity by luring tenants to open, relocate, or add a new location in Pontiac. "What we're trying to do is get a synergistic opening between so there's a lot of new tenants, retail and office, so they help each other out," he says.

He said they've received tremendous response so far, mostly retail, but with a smattering of office openings as well. Among the retail he believes the business district needs are things like dry cleaners, ice cream stores, clothing stores, and maybe a grocery store -- services not only important to residents but visitors, too.

The program offers strength in numbers, as it would be more difficult to fill the space piecemeal rather than through an organized program with retail, offices, and landlords all on the same page.

Wojtowicz points out Pontiac's good location, on M-59 and Woodward, and near I-75. He says offices looking for space can find rent at half or a third of price of the surrounding cities. "In today's economy that's a true way of growing your bottom line," he says.

While hammering out details for the Rise of the Phoenix plan, Pontiac also put more cops on the streets through their auxiliary police force, and hosted two street cleanups. The city also re-energized the Pontiac Business Association, which had been dormant for several years.

Source: Phil Wojtowicz, member of the Pontiac DDA's economic restructuring committee
Writer: Kristin Lukowski

Downtown Clawson streetscape project nears completion

The streetlamps are coming down and new on-street parking is being put into place in downtown Clawson as the streetscape project moves forward.

The project is more than halfway done and should be wrapped up by this fall, says Joan Horton, Clawson Downtown Development Authority Director. Now, DTE Energy is taking down the old streetlamps, which will eventually go to the city park, and boring for power lines to the new lights.

"Downtown, although it's dark because we have no street lights, is open for business," Horton jokes. "On the plus side, the businesses really stand out, with their lights on."

Those new lights will extend much farther than the old ones, she says. "It's going to be a whole new look for downtown Clawson."

Brickwork is moving along, and once the lights are in, the project will start with sod and trees, installing more than 50 new planters throughout downtown, repairing sidewalks, and installing bike racks.

One boon to the project is a shared parking agreement with the businesses on the south side of 14 Mile between Renshaw and Pare, including the Renshaw Lounge bar and grill and Dunkin' Donuts. The businesses all had at least one separate entrance from 14 Mile, making it confusing to drivers and unsafe to bicyclists and pedestrians. Through an agreement between the DDA, city and businesses, six driveways were closed off, with one new central curb cut built on 14 Mile and one on each of the side streets.

"There was a driveway every few feet," Horton says. "Now it's much safer. We're very happy about that."

The $1.2 million project is being funded in part by $760,398 in recently awarded federal Transportation Enhancement funding. For updates, click here.

Source: Joan Horton, director of the Clawson Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kristin Lukowski

Wyandotte Regional Art Center fills up with tenants

It didn't take long for the schedule at the Wyandotte Regional Arts Center to fill up with classes, performances, and lectures since it opened in March.


The center, in the former Masonic Temple, boasts classes for children and adults, a children's theater performance in August, and presentations ranging from Michelangelo to ghost hunters. The building is managed by the Downriver Council for the Arts.


"We're just really thrilled with how they're doing and all the things they're bringing to the city," says Patt Slack, owner of the Rivers Edge Gallery and chair of Wyandotte's Downtown Development Authority. The couple of lectures she's attended have been at full capacity.


The building is mostly ready to be occupied, and an elevator has been installed, she says. Eventually, they'd still like to enlarge the stage area and increase seating. They're also continuing with historical renovations, such as uncovering windows, although funding is limited.


The center gets an annual operating grant from the DDA, which is covered by the city and amounts to $40,000 annually. The city also covered the renovation costs. "We're just thrilled we were able to get the support we did," Slack says. "In these economic times, who's building art centers? To get that kind of support is overwhelming."


There is still room for a few artists to set up studio space in the building, and there are teaching areas for classes.


The city renovated the three-story building at 81 Chestnut St. last year. The structure date backs to the 19th century and since its time as a Masonic temple it has served as home to the Church of Many Miracles. Wyandotte purchased the building at 81 Chestnut St., just outside of downtown, in 2007.


Source: Patt Slack, owner of River's Edge Gallery

Writer: Kristin Lukowski


Oakland Comm College wraps up renovation projects

Oakland Community College has seen a flurry of improvement projects alongside its summer classes, ranging from parking lot paving to new doors.

Nearly $2 million in improvements began earlier this year at several campuses. At the Orchard Ridge campus, it was discovered that the emergency structural investigations were not as serious a concern as previously thought. Replacement of the emergency generator, distribution panels, and lighting in Building J is being finished up with an end date of approximately late August.

Improvements at the Highland Lake campus, including parking lot repaving and the addition of lighting and handicap accessibility to the Campus Pavilion, will wrap up in September on schedule and a bit under budget, "which is always good news," says George Cartsonis, OCC's director of college communications.

Taking a little more time than planned is the replacement of 152 campus doors, as the bidding process just closed. Cartsonis said it'll likely be several months before that project is completed, by January at the latest. New doors might not seem a high priority, but with students swinging them open and shut for decades, "they do get worn," he says.

Cartsonis said the 76,000 students, attending classes all day nearly every day,  make for a lot of wear and tear on the five campus locations. "It's one of our top priorities, to have as safe and attractive an environment as we possibly can," he says. "We get a great deal of traffic through the year. It needs constant tending to."

Earlier this summer, OCC announced it would also begin work on repairing and replacing some of the roads at the Auburn Hills and Orchard Ridge campuses, and installing stair and aisle handrails at the Orchard Ridge campus' Smith Theatre, amounting to another $2.5 million in improvements. However, the board of directors is holding off on making any other improvement plans until after the Aug. 3 millage renewal vote.

Source: George Cartsonis, director of college communications, Oakland Community College

Writer: Kristin Lukowski

Farmington Hills offers green building incentives

The city of Farmington Hills wants to share its wealth and make homes and businesses more energy-efficient in the meantime.

Federal funding is still available for property owners looking to make environmentally sound improvements. The stimulus money came from the
U.S. Dept of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, with the purpose of reducing fossil fuel emissions and total energy use and improving energy efficiency.

"There's a broad range of improvements that qualify for the program," says city management assistant Nate Geinzer. Those include heat pumps, hot water heaters, new windows, and other technologies. "We know as exciting as energy efficiency can be in a home -- the idea of reducing energy costs appeals to most people -- economy-wise, not everybody has the capital to invest. Our EECBG funds provide a little extra incentive to take these measures."

The city has been getting multiple applications per week, he says, and had awarded $14,000 by the end of last quarter since its launch in December. He expects there will be money to award through the busy fall season, even with an onslaught of people tightening up their homes for winter.

Farmington Hills has also set aside money to fund energy audits, although those have been of less interest; Geinzer believes families with limited amounts of money to spend on energy efficiency would invest in a product before an audit. "But for homeowners who know there's a lot to do in a home, but don't know where the best dollars could be spent, an energy audit is a good way to go," he points out.

The city received a total of $791,300 from the Department of Energy, of which it set aside about $50,000 for its energy efficiency improvement incentive program, as well as a separate fund for its building energy audit incentive program. Other improvements include renewable energy and energy enhancements at city hall, the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office, and public information dissemination.

Download an application
here.

Source: Nate Geinzer, management assistant for the City of Farmington Hills
Writer: Kristin Lukowski

Oakland U establishes downtown Mt. Clemens campus

Oakland University will soon be setting up shop in downtown Mount Clemens after it received a donation of a building for classes.

The Towne Square Building, 20 South Main Street, was recently given to the university by developers Gebran S. Anton and Stuart Frankel. The building, valued at about $2 million, was built in 1984. It's two stories, 25,422 square feet, and constructed of brick and glass.

Mary Otto, Oakland University's vice president for outreach, said the university hasn't yet nailed down which programs will be offered there, but both criminal justice and social work have been considered. While some university programs can be completed in Macomb County, others require going to the main campus for at least part of the time.

"One of our goals right now is to increase the number of programs that Macomb County students can complete in Macomb County," she says. "This will give us the opportunity to expand to yet another (area), in Mount Clemens."

Another boon to the donation is that the site is located right on Gratiot, on a public transportation line. "It's very exciting that we will be able to offer course work and programs to a broader audience," she says.

The building itself is in good shape, as it used to hold offices, but it still needs to be remodeled into classrooms. Otto hopes to be in early enough to offer classes by January, but would be happy if it could be open by next summer.

Faculty and staff enjoyed a recent tour of the building. "It's small enough that they could easily navigate it, but it's big enough that there's a lot going on, and it's right downtown," she says. "We've had extraordinary response from students who think it'll be a great place to go."

Source: Mary Otto, vice president for outreach, Oakland University
Writer: Kristin Lukowski
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