New motel fills need for mid-priced rooms

BELLAIRE - The first guests at the Bellaire Inn checked in the first week of July.Owned by Tracy Honeycutt and his partners William Mandt, Chris Dewey and Allen Pease, the motel at 728 E. Cayuga is on the same five-acre parcel as their other business,...

Nextel unleashes its network in northwest Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY - Using a wireless communication device as an intercom or tapping onto the Internet without a phone jack in sight are just two of the fully-integrated data services in the works by Nextel Communications, which opened its first Traverse City office last month."This...

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE: Grant will get Boyne expansion rolling

CHARLEVOIX COUNTY - Good news for Boyne Mountain and the northern Michigan area--the Michigan Economic Development Corp. has approved a $784,350 tourism infrastructure grant for Boyne Valley Township.It will be used for water and sewer extensions and to relocate an electrical power line--infrastructure that's critical...

ENVIRONMENT: Career outlook in the green industry

Employment in the applied plant science portion of the green industry is literally growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities in the plant science field are excellent, with more job openings than job seekers.Employment in this field is expected to grow...

ENVIRONMENT: Red Mill redo in full swing

TRAVERSE CITY - The former Red Mill lumber building on Hall Street is quickly progressing into a three-story office building for the Great Lakes Community Mental Health (CMH) agency.The historic building was demolished in March not long after commissioners approved the site plan laid out...

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE: Is Traverse City Spaced Out?

TRAVERSE CITY - As you drive around the Traverse City area, it's nearly impossible not to notice the new office buildings sprouting up all over town. "Who's going to move into all of these spaces?" you wonder.Although it may seem unlikely that the demand for...

Continental makes major investment in plant

BENZONIA - A $1 million renovation that includes a 17,000-foot addition is nearing completion at Continental Industries, formerly Mitchell Manufacturing in Benzonia. It will mean increased manufacturing, research/development, office space and greater diversity in the company."We want perspective customers to have a preamble of what...