Arsenic, Cyanide Spur Building Boomlet

TRAVERSE CITY - Weeds and broken concrete once greeted those who strolled alongside the Boardman River between Union and Cass streets 20 years ago.The arsenic-polluted soil underneath scared developers away until a ground-breaking state and federal concept lured them back with tax credits, cleanup assistance,...

The Cottage ATM

Ruth Brandau opens her family's cherished vacation beach home to renters each summer, though she'd rather be there herself."When I talk about it, I want to be there," she said. Ruth and her husband Louis bought the home on Lake Michigan in Glen Arbor in...

Quality of Life Drives Upscale Senior Housing Boom

TRAVERSE CITY - Two upscale senior housing developments are slated to be finished by 2013, filling a growing demand by downstate baby boomers seeking sunsets and shopping.Bloomfield Hills developers Michael Parks and Karen Anderson are planning a $20 million-plus complex of mostly independent living apartments...

Show Me The Money

Seventy-five percent of new SBA loans now used for business expansion instead of restructuring debtBy Tom CarrTRAVERSE CITY - Small Business Administration (SBA) loans are increasing in the area, helping clothing makers, hunting and fishing accessory manufacturers and fudge shops grow their businesses.It's the growth...

Lean, mean and green

How Howard Vogel creates and recreates homes for the futureTRAVERSE CITY - Howard Vogel takes old homes - even if they're a century or more old - and makes them environmentally-efficient while maintaining their classic character and charm.Vogel, who owns Heart Stone Land & Homes,...

Betting on the Small-Town Office Store

BUCKLEY - There are certain businesses you expect to find in small, rural towns. Office supply stores aren't generally among them.Yet Kelvin Shaw, who owns the Traverse City Cartridge World franchise, which remanufactures printer ink cartridges, is betting that enough people will appreciate the convenience...

Industrial Strength

Why demand for industrial properties is growing - and who's buyingGRAND TRAVERSE CO. - Driving around Grand Traverse County, it's hard to miss the dozens of empty industrial buildings for sale. A 61,000 square-foot warehouse on Barlow. The giant, 80,000 square-foot former Lear Manufacturing complex...

Work to start on Energy Farm this year

TRAVERSE CITY - Plans are progressing for the Energy Farm at the Historic Barns Park planned for the southern end of Grand Traverse Commons, thanks in part of a $22,000 donation from Cherryland Electric Cooperative."It's a great community project," said Tony Anderson, Cherryland's general manager....

Profile: The North’s Newest White Collar-Crime Hunter

TRAVERSE CITY - FBI agent Daniel Roberts has wiretapped mobsters, spent an entire Olympics scouring terrorist leads and even dug for Jimmy Hoffa.Now, he's making his expertise available for corporate clients.Roberts has signed on with Rehmann, a Detroit-based accounting and business consulting firm, to work...

How to Take Down a (nearly) Century-Old Dam

TRAVERSE CITY - Remote computer commands and old fashioned, hand-operated cranes will likely open the gates of Brown Bridge Dam toward the end of the summer, draining the 170-acre pond it created.State and private engineers are preparing to remove the 90-year-old dam using a mix...