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Indoor dining in Michigan reopens Feb. 1


The Huron Hub | Posted Friday, Jan. 22, 2020Michigan COVID update

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released an order today reopening indoor dining begenning Monday, Feb. 1.

The order will allow for indoor dining at restaurants with certain requirements; concessions at casinos, movie theaters and stadiums; personal services requiring mask removal; and non-residential gatherings of up to 10 people from two households.

The new order will last three weeks, until Sunday, Feb. 21.

“The pause has worked. The efforts we have made together to protect our families, frontline workers and hospitals have dramatically reduced cases and we have saved lives. Now, we are confident that starting February 1, restaurants can resume indoor dining with safety measures in place,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Michigan continues to be a national leader in fighting this virus, and we must continue working to keep it that way. One of the most important things Michiganders can do is to make a plan to get the safe and effective vaccine when it’s available to you. And as always, mask up and maintain six feet of social distancing. We will end this pandemic together.”

“We are pleased to see the improvements in case rates, hospitalizations and percent positivity that have allowed us to reopen more activities,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “However, we must remain vigilant, especially since we now have a new more easily transmitted variant of this virus present in our state. This is not the time to let our guard down and Michiganders should minimize their risk by avoiding gatherings, wearing masks properly, social distancing and making a plan to get their vaccine when it is their turn.”

MDHHS says it has been closely monitoring three metrics for stabilization or declines over the past several weeks.

Michigan continues to see improvements in these metrics which has allowed for additional relaxing of protocols and reopening of activities. In recent days:

• Hospital capacity dedicated to COVID-19 patients has been in seven-week decline, with current capacity at 9.9% for beds with COVID-19 patients. Peaked at 19.6% on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
• Overall case rates: Currently at 225 cases per million. Peaked at 740 cases per million on Saturday, Nov. 14, plateaued after a decline to 239 on Friday, Dec. 25 and has been in decline for 11 days.
• Positivity rate: currently at 6.8% and declining.

Restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity with up to 100 people.

Tables must be six feet apart with no more than six people per table. Outdoor tents with four sides are permitted under these same rules.

Bars and restaurants must close by 10 p.m., and contact information must be collected from diners for contact tracing purposes.

“Today’s announcement is possible because of our progress over the last two months,” said Robert Gordon, MDHHS director. “Even so, the science is clear that unmasked, indoor activities like dining and drinking are still a source of high risk around COVID-19. The safest course remains to support your favorite restaurant with carryout, delivery or outdoor dining. If individuals choose to eat out, there are two things they can do to make it much safer: go out only with members of their own household and choose a restaurant participating in the MI COVID-19 Safer Dining certification program.”

The voluntary MI COVID-19 Safer Dining program allows food service establishments to become certified by having their ventilation system inspected and submitting their inspection report to the state indicating they are optimizing airflow. Once certified, businesses will be featured on the Michigan.gov/covidsaferdining website and receive a copy of their certification to post at their establishment to alert diners of their participation.

Funding is proposed for food service establishments to participate as part of the $10 million included in the recent supplemental budget request for restaurant supports administered by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Two webinars will be hosted on Monday, Jan. 25 to provide additional information about the Safer Dining certification program – one at noon for HVAC contractors interested in conducting inspections and one at 3 p.m. for food service establishments interested in becoming certified. More information will be available at Michigan.gov/covidsaferdining.

Indoor residential and non-residential gatherings are limited to 10 people and two households. MDHHS continues to urge families to avoid indoor gatherings or to pick a single other household to interact with consistent with guidance already released by the department.

Families are encouraged to stay home as much as possible to maintain momentum and to protect loved ones, and are also encoured to wear masks in public.


Amazon announces ‘Pinnacle Park’ developments in Huron Township; cites 1,000 local jobs to be created

Warehouse structures can be seen being constructed at the Pinnacle Aeropark property on Nov. 12, 2020. (Photos by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Jan. 12, 2021

Amazon officially announced their footprint in Huron Township on Monday, dubbing the area off Vining Road “Pinnacle Park.”

The massive warehouses on Vining Road where the defunct Pinnacle Race Course once stood will be fulfillment and sorting warehouses for Amazon, according to the company worth over $1 trillion.

“Huron Township welcomes the creation of approximately 1,000 jobs the Amazon facilities offer. This Amazon project will serve to jump-start additional economic growth that will make up a much larger comprehensive mixed use development planned for this area,” said David Glaab, Huron Township supervisor. “This investment will serve to bolster and compliment the efforts of the Detroit Region Aerotropolis in its mission to attract advanced manufacturing, next generation mobility and emerging technologies to this region.”

Amazon says 1,000 jobs will be available soon at the Huron Township locations.

“With this deal, we are able to appropriately redevelop the Pinnacle property – adding roughly 1,000 new jobs for local residents while expanding our tax base at the same time,” said Wayne County Executive Warren Evans. “When I took office, I made it a priority to repurpose the land in a more productive way that made sense for the location. Working in collaboration with Huron Township leaders and Detroit Aerotropolis, my team identified a new approach for the site that was both economically viable and consistent with the community’s vision. I’m pleased that Amazon agrees that Pinnacle is a prime location for a world-class logistics and distribution facility that will put Wayne County residents to work.”

Photos: From race course to warehouses: Photos of current construction at Pinnacle Aeropark site

In addition, Amazon has announced other key developments in the Metro Detroit area.

In 2021, Amazon’s new fulfillment and sortation centers in Detroit include:

  • Detroit – Amazon Robotics Fulfillment Center.
  • Hazel Park – Sub-Same-Day Fulfillment Center.
  • Pinnacle Park – Amazon “XLFC” Fulfillment Center.
  • Pinnacle Park – Amazon Sort Center.
  • Plymouth – Amazon Sort Center.
  • Pontiac – Amazon Robotics Fulfillment Center.

At one of the five new sites, Amazon plans to open a new 823,000 square-foot fulfillment center, creating 1,200 new full-time jobs when it launches in 2021.

The site will be the fourth fulfillment center in the state using Amazon robotics to help associates pick, pack and ship smaller items to customers.

The other four sites include a same-day facility, XL fulfillment center and two sortation centers that play critical roles in the fulfillment of large products and “middle mile,” or the process of transporting packages between Amazon sites before last mile delivery for customers.

Packages are shipped to sort centers from Amazon Air hubs, gateways and fulfillment centers to be sorted by zip code before being transported to delivery stations or last-mile delivery partners for customer delivery

“We’re excited to be expanding our network to better serve our customers in the great city of Detroit,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment. “We are grateful for the strong support we’ve received from local and state leaders as we broaden our footprint throughout Michigan. We look forward to bringing more than 2,000 good jobs to Metro Detroit and contributing positively to the community.”

Amazon currently operates 10 sites in Detroit that support customer fulfillment and delivery operations, including four facilities that launched in 2020.

Amazon says it offers a $15 per hour wage, and that the company offers full-time employees comprehensive benefits including full medical, vision, and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) with 50 percent match starting on day one.

The company said it also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility to support their growing families.

AMAZON IN MICHIGAN

  • Since 2010, Amazon says it has created more than 13,500 jobs in Michigan and invested more than $2.5 billion across the state, including infrastructure and compensation to its employees.
  • Amazon’s says its investments have contributed more than $2.1 billion in GDP to the Michigan economy and have helped create over 10,000 indirect jobs on top of Amazon’s direct hires – from jobs in construction and logistics to professional services.
  • More than 42,000 independent authors and small and medium businesses in Michigan are selling to customers in Amazon’s store, creating thousands of additional jobs across the state.

To view The Huron Hub’s complete coverage of the Pinnacle property, including the defunct race track through the recently announced proposed development, please visit this archive on HuronHub.com.

Huron-Clinton Metroparks offering discounted rates on annual passes through new year

Willow Metropark seen on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. (Photo by Kyle Meeker/Meeker Photography)


Posted by The Huron Hub
Nov. 9, 2020

What’s the best time to get the 2021 Huron-Clinton Metroparks annual park pass? Right now. That’s because the parks system is providing a special discounted offer of just $35 for annual passes purchased by Dec. 31, 2020. That one pass can be used to access each of the 13 Metroparks across Southeast Michigan all year long.

Starting January 1, the 2021 Metroparks annual pass will cost $40 for residents ($29 for Seniors 62+) of the five counties served – Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne – or $45 for non-residents ($34 for Seniors 62+). But now through the end of the year, everyone can purchase their 2021 pass for just $35, or $24 for Seniors 62 and older.

Additionally, any 2021 passes can be used immediately, even before the new year. That’s up to seven weeks of extra value with the same pass.

“Purchasing an annual pass is the best way to experience everything our diverse Metroparks have to offer,” said Amy McMillan, director of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. “Plus, it’s a great value. Nothing else matches it in terms of what you get and how affordable it can be to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, which the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced just how important that can be. It truly is an investment that keeps on giving all year long.”

McMillan also noted the new and improved online shopping experience, designed to offer a more streamlined customer experience. Those purchasing an annual pass online this year will be asked to create an account. They can then use that same login information when registering for programs, purchasing gift cards, reserving picnic shelters, and more.

Passes be purchased at www.metroparks.com/shop or at any Metroparks toll booth. The park offices remain closed to the public at this time until further notice.

The 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks include Delhi, Dexter-Huron, Hudson Mills, Huron Meadows, Indian Springs, Kensington, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Lower Huron, Oakwoods, Stony Creek, Willow and Wolcott Mill Metroparks.

Article submitted by Huron-Clinton Metroparks 


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Kroger, Ocado announce high-tech customer fulfillment center will be built in Romulus

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Kroger and Ocado’s new customer fulfillment center – an automated warehouse facility with digital and robotic capabilities, also known as a “shed”. (PRNewsfoto/The Kroger Co.)


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Sept. 28, 2020 - 4:15 p.m. EDT

The Kroger Co. and Ocado, a technology company that supports grocery e-commerce, announced Monday that the latest location for a customer fulfillment center (CFC) will be built in Romulus.

The facility will be located at 15675 Wahrman in Romulus and is expected to become operational 18 months after the site breaks ground.

The facility will support customers in several markets, including Michigan, Northern Ohio, and Indiana.

The location confirms a previous announcement stating Kroger and Ocado would construct a CFC in the Great Lakes Region.

“Kroger is incredibly excited to develop one of our industry-leading Customer Fulfillment Centers in Michigan in relationship with Ocado to bring fresh food to our customers faster than ever before,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of supply chain, manufacturing and sourcing. “We continue to invest in and constantly improve our e-commerce capabilities, focusing on cost-effective solutions. Our partnership with Ocado is an essential part of our evolving seamless ecosystem. In Michigan, we are engineering a smaller model for the region, leveraging advanced robotics technology and creative solutions to redefine the customer experience and respond to the growing demand for grocery e-commerce services.”

Kroger has partnered with Ocado to accelerate its ability to provide customers with anything, anytime, anywhere.

The CFC model – an automated warehouse facility with digital and robotic capabilities – will be used to serve customers across the region. Kroger is designing a flexible distribution network, combining disaggregated demand and the proximity of its stores and facilities that vary in design and size.

“Grocery ecommerce has reached an inflection point in 2020, and with Kroger we are developing a game-changing ecosystem for serving online grocery across the United States. Powered by Ocado’s state of the art technology, this site illustrates the unique flexibility of Ocado’s technology, as we are able to deploy sites of different sizes in different regions, to maximize penetration across diverse markets,” said Luke Jensen, CEO of Ocado Solutions. “Ocado’s proven technology will allow Kroger to achieve the lowest cost-to-serve in the market, combined with the best freshness, accuracy and service.”

“Kroger’s decision to invest $95 million and create 250 new jobs in Romulus further demonstrates that Wayne County is a global leader in logistics and fulfillment industries. Kroger’s continued commitment to our region with the innovative new grocery delivery service provided by this high-tech facility will help improve access to fresh foods in southeast Michigan at a time when this service is more important than ever to keep residents safe and healthy,” said Warren Evans, Wayne County Chief Executive.

This new 135,000-square-foot CFC will accelerate Kroger’s ability to expand its products to a larger footprint. This facility will create 250 new jobs, benefitting the City of Romulus/Aerotropolis region.


 

Romulus launches virtual business-to-business networking series amid pandemic

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Posted by The Huron Hub | Romulus news tab
Aug. 19, 2020

The City of Romulus launched a virtual Business-to-Business Networking Series yesterday in an effort to promote economic development and provide support for local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Representatives from Wayne County, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Detroit Regional Aerotropolis joined the conversation to provide updates on grants and other available business resources.

“I see the city of Romulus as a business-friendly municipality, and I think the future looks good for businesses in Romulus,” said Wayne County District 11 Commissioner Al Haidous during the meeting. “The city of Romulus is a hotspot for economic development.”

Though the city has held past Business-to-Business Networking events in-person, COVID-19 restrictions meant the city needed to pivot to identify a virtual option. The event allowed city officials to connect with local businesses, share resources, answer questions and receive feedback at a safe social distance.

“Our role as city officials is to support and connect local businesses with the people, programs and resources they need to be successful,” said Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff. “This series will help us learn what is working for businesses and what is not. We’re in a different world since the onset of COVID-19, but I continue to be proud of the innovative ways our community has adapted and come together to support small businesses.”

The City of Romulus is the process of organizing additional virtual Business-to-Business networking events to keep the conversation going.

“We organized the series as a way to connect local businesses with all the resources and tools available to them,” said Jazmine Danci, Director of Marketing & Community Development for the City of Romulus. “Today’s networking event provided local business owners a direct line to key city departments and community partners, as well as an understanding of how they can access available resources.”

Visit the City’s website or Facebook for future announcements.

Article source: City of Romulus 


 

Orchard Grove Tavern reopens


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 13, 2020

After reopening under new ownership in March and then closing temporarily due to the pandemic, Orchard Grove Tavern at the corner of Sibley Road and Middle Belt has once again opened its doors to hungry customers.

Here is a messege from the restaurant’s owners:

Orchard Grove Tavern is reopened and ready to serve you. We are taking the utmost precautions and safety measures to ensure an overall enjoyable dining experience with your health in mind. For those who are not yet comfortable with dining in, saftey measures are still being followed and our full menu is available for carryout. Our hours are Tuesday-Thursday 4-9, Friday & Saturday 4 -10. Please stop in or call to place an order and support a local family-owned restaurant. We are excited to see you again, warmest wishes from all of us at Orchard Grove Tavern.

Initial article: Orchard Grove Tavern announces new ownership


 

For the Love Bakeshop to host pop-up shop in Flat Rock June 26-28

For the Love Bakeshop & Café offers an inviting space accommodating a wide variety of dining preferences from grab and go, to a place to meet up with friends and socialize, and even offers a private dining section for parties, meetings and events. Photo courtesy Michele Bezue.


For the Love Bakeshop & Café, a vibrant new bakery cafe opening in July at the corner of Telegraph Rd and East Huron River Dr, is the latest on a growing list of eateries and small businesses revitalizing the downtown Flat Rock community. The shop is driven by a sense of purpose around fresh, local, real food. For the Love offers an inviting space accommodating a wide variety of dining preferences from grab and go, to a place to meet up with friends and socialize, and even offers a private dining section for parties, meetings and events. 

For the Love will host a pop up shop June 26–28, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily ahead of their upcoming July opening. Space is limited due to current COVID-19 regulations and guests will be served first come, first served.

The creators of For the Love hope to do more than just serve great food. From its beginnings, the shop has been designed to nourish the community in both body and spirit every hour that they are open. From staff whose mandate is to treat all neighbors with familiarity and love, to the authentic and natural food that is served, just as they would serve to their own families. Additionally, The For the Love of Neighbor program was an integral part of developing the eatery and offers a generous opportunity for guests to pay it forward when they can. Neighbors can support their fellow community members in need, by purchasing a Breakfast Break or Lunch with Love Benefit that a guest can use to pay for their meal whether they simply forgot their wallet or truly don’t know where their next meal will come from. The business will even share in the cost by offering a discount for any neighbors who choose to share the love. 

“It’s definitely something that’s close to home,” says Nichole Kahl, For the Love’s General Manager, “It’s a great feeling paying your bills on time, but sometimes your food runs out before your next check and that’s ok, it happens.  Our FTLON benefit is there to help those who are in need, in any way!”

For the Love uses Ingredients that are local whenever possible and always the highest quality and the fare is multicultural, based on the creators’ life experiences around the world. The menu includes a variety of breakfast, lunch and bakery items, handcrafted fresh daily. Gourmet sandwiches, refreshing salads, indulgent bakery goods including cakes, brownies, pastry, cookies and more are just some of what you will find on the counter and in the pastry case. An elevated coffee program includes coffee from several metro Detroit roasters, including the new Flat Rock roaster, Hooked on a Bean. For events and meetings, For the Love offers a full catering menu, which can be served in-house, picked up or delivered to your office or home. 

Menu favorites include the, always popular, Black Velvet Cake with Bruleed House-made Marshmallow and Double Cocoa Brownies that your mouth just will not believe. For breakfast, there is an unforgettable variety of bread and muffins in flavors like Morning Glory Banana and Lemon Thyme, as well as savory favorites like Bacon and Egg Brioche Buns and Kale Cheddar Sausage & Egg Muffins. The lunch menu boasts a variety of individual pizzas, scratch-made soups and sandwiches and baked treats like beef bourguignon pot pie and more.

For the Love Bakeshop & Café is located at 28773 Telegraph Rd in the former Premion building, newly rehabbed and home to several new and exciting Flat Rock businesses. The shop will open for carryout and delivery plus limited seating and events in July from 11 am – 6 pm. Keep up on progress and Grand Opening announcement at www.forthelovecafe.com and on social media on Facebook and Instagram as @forthelovecafe. Contact For the Love at 734.210.0290 and email at info@forthelovecafe.com.

Article submitted by: Michele Bezue


 

Dreamstreet Realty opens in downtown New Boston

Dreamstreet Realty opened recently at 36974 Huron River Drive in downtown New Boston. Photo courtesy Brandy Sayger.


Posted Friday, June 12, 2020

Dreamstreet Realty is beyond excited about opening up in downtown New Boston!

We are a family brokerage that serves all of southeast Michigan. We come from five generations and a century of real estate experience and wisdom dating back to 1922.

It is our dream to continue the tradition of trust and excellence before us while continuing to grow and stay on the modern edge of real estate.

We would love to assist you when buying or selling your home. We make realty dreams a reality!

Brandy Sayger, Broker
Dreamstreet Realty

Dreamstreet Realty is located at 36974 Huron River Drive. You can contact their office at 734-606-5333.


 

Huron Township bars and restaurants open for dine-in service


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 11, 2020 

Huron Township bars and restaurants have announced they are open for dine-in service.

On June 1, Governor Whitmer announced that bars and restaurants could reopen following a forced closing in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Restaurants that open will be required to maintain additional safety measures and guidelines, including a capacity limit inside of the business.

Some local restaurants have posted on social media that they are now open for dine-in.

 

A phone call to Woodside Meadows golf course confirmed that they are also open for dine-in service. The business does not operate a social media page. They are located at 20820 Inkster Road.

This article will be updated regularly. If you own or operate a local restaurant that’s not included here, please email your information to Editor@HuronHub.com


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657 bar, restaurant owners across state receive $3.3M in relief through liquor commission buyback program

The program offered bars and restaurants a 100% cash buyback to on-premise liquor licensees for spirits they had ordered from the Commission prior to March 16, 2020. (Huron Hub file photo)


Posted by The Huron Hub | May 1, 2020

More than $3.3 million in financial relief is going to 657 bar and restaurant owners across the state – a financial lifeline averaging over $5,000 for hard-hit hospitality businesses, Gov. Whitmer announced today.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) is administrator of the governor’s spirits buyback program.

“I know the financial losses have been incredibly devastating to business owners in the hospitality industry during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Whitmer. “I am pleased that through this innovative program, we can provide much-needed cash to hundreds of Michigan’s bars and restaurants that are struggling right now, to help tide them over until they’re open for business again.”

Pursuant to the governor’s Executive Order 2020-46, the program offered a 100% cash buyback to on-premise liquor licensees for spirits they had ordered from the Commission prior to March 16, 2020.

Licensees actually keep possession of the products the Commission bought back, with no bottles being picked up.

Bars and restaurants have 90 days after emergency declarations are lifted to repurchase the inventory by selling it when they’re back open for business and pay the Commission back interest free.

“The Commission is proud to be a part of the governor’s one-of a kind liquor buyback,” said MLCC Chair Pat Gagliardi. “We’re extremely pleased to provide these neighborhood bars and restaurants across Michigan a financial lifeline they can count on in these uncertain times.”

Eligible licensees applied for the spirits buyback program directly through the MLCC from April 14-24. Once applications were approved by the MLCC, checks were issued to licensees from the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Dine-in services of all bars and restaurants in the state were suspended on March 16 by Executive Order as the coronavirus outbreak continued to spread.