Shining Light on the ‘Dark Stores’ Controversy

As a tax lawyer, I must say that it is not often that the valuation of real property generates much interest, let alone controversy, in the public sphere. Yet, the recent decisions by Michigan Tax Tribunal have done precisely that. At issue is a rather...

Despite Labor Shortage, Big Season Ahead

New projects and a continued vitality in that sector of the economy have those in the construction industry optimistic. “It seems to be cranking right now,” said Steve Eveleigh, head of Northwest Carpentry and current president for the Home Builders Association Grand Traverse Area (HBAGTA). “It’s...

Roofing Company Keeps on Top of Safety, Innovation

Most roofing companies do fine work, but they just put on roofs. They don’t concentrate on insulation or have a safety division that works with clients to provide them with dependable and reliable access to roof areas. And they probably don’t receive patents for their...

Real Estate As Economic Powerhouse

Many discussions are had each year about the regional economy and what drives economic prosperity for northwestern Michigan. Industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, service and health care always top the list. Noticeably missing, is real estate. Yet every one of these key industries share a...

Propane: A Barrier To Affordable Development

Though there are numerous obstacles to improving the region’s affordable housing concerns, many feel dependence on propane in northern Michigan is chief among them. For homeowners, propane can mean compounding costs, especially during winter and periods when supply is strained. For affordable housing developers, propane-only infrastructure...