DBusiness Daily Update: Report: Sterling Heights Tops Area Cities for ‘21 Home Sale Gains, and More

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With 998 home sales, a 31.3 percent increase over 2020, Sterling Heights had the largest percentage gain in 2021. // Stock photo

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Report: Sterling Heights Tops Metro Detroit Cities for ‘21 Home Sale Gains

While the entire metro Detroit region experienced a surge in home buyer demand during 2021, Sterling Heights led the way with 998 sales for a 31.3 percent increase over 2020, according to a report from RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan in Troy.

“Sterling Heights is popular because it’s central to so many conveniences along the M-59 corridor,” says Jessica Belanger, an agent at RE/MAX Eclipse. “It also provides easy access to M-53 and Metro Parkway, so commuting is convenient regardless of where work is located. In addition, homes are generally more affordable in Sterling Heights than many neighboring communities, which is also a draw.”

Troy and Farmington followed with 851 and 120 home sales, respectively, which were 20 percent increases for those communities.

The full top 10 is as follows:

  1. Sterling Heights, 998 home sales, 31.3 percent increase over 2020.
  2. Troy, 851, 20 percent.
  3. Farmington, 120, 20 percent.
  4. Madison Heights, 391, 18.1 percent.
  5. Birmingham, 514, 17.9 percent.
  6. Warren, 1,400, 17.6 percent.
  7. Roseville, 407, 16 percent.
  8. Clawson, 233, 15.9 percent.
  9. Ferndale, 526, 14.6 percent.
  10. Chesterfield Township, 264, 14.3 percent.

Wayne County Launches New Traffic and Weather App

Wayne County has launched the wcCompass mobile app, a new service to help residents and visitors view traffic and weather conditions.

This year, the county installed new video systems in 50 of its large snowplow trucks so app users can see live camera feeds and follow Wayne County service trucks in real time as they plow and salt area roads. The county will add 50 camera systems each year for the next two years until the entire 150 truck fleet is equipped with the new camera systems.

“When there are treacherous weather conditions, the first thing Wayne County asks is for motorists to only use the roads if necessary,” says Warren C. Evans, Wayne County executive. “The fewer vehicles navigating through snow and ice the better. The second thing we suggest is using our new wcCompass app to receive real time updates of road conditions in your area. The use of this app will aid in the safety of our snowplow teams and keep motorists informed during dangerous weather conditions.”

The app will also allow drivers to report and track road hazards on Wayne County roads.

The wcCompass app is available for download on both Android and Apple devices:

Lume Cannabis Opens 30th Store in Michigan

Michigan-based Lume Cannabis Co. has opened its 30th Michigan store, in Mt. Pleasant, located at 901 E. Broomfield.

“This year has been an amazing year of growth for Lume Cannabis Co. and opening our 30th adult-use store in Michigan — and second in Mt. Pleasant — is a great way to tie a bow on 2021,” says Doug Hellyar, president and COO of Lume. “We pride ourselves on offering an unmatched variety of safe, high-quality THC and CBD products, and we are excited to show cannabis in a new light to more adult-use consumers in Mt. Pleasant and throughout mid-Michigan.”

In 2021, Lume opened 16 adult-use stores. The effort is part of the company’s goal of having 100 adult-use stores open throughout Michigan by 2024.

“Lume is proud to call Michigan home, and our number one goal is to serve the cannabis needs of every Michigander, regardless of where they live,” Hellyar says. “We are proud to give back to the communities we serve by creating jobs and providing much-needed tax revenue to local municipalities to help fix roads, hire first responders, and support local schools.”

UHY Offers Webinars on Management, 2022 Planning

UHY, which has offices in Detroit, Farmington Hills, and Ann Arbor, is offering a series of webinars on various issues to start the new year. They are as follows:

  • Staffing Webinar: Optimal Performance Management Systems, Jan. 12. Visit here to register.
  • Executive Briefing Webinar: Is 2022 the Real Year of Recovery? Jan. 19. Visit here to register.
  • Automotive Update, Jan. 26. Contact jlabut@uhy-us.com for more information.

SpartanNash Foundation Raises $325K for Midwest Food Pantries

Grand Rapids’ SpartanNash has donated $325,000 to local food pantries across the Midwest through in-store fundraising efforts and a pledge from the SpartanNash Foundation to provide hunger relief for those who are food insecure.

This fundraising campaign complements SpartanNash’s year-round food donations to local pantries nationwide, totaling more than 4 million pounds of food annually and eliminating waste from landfills.

“As part of our mission to deliver the ingredients for a better life and through our ESG strategy, SpartanNash is committed to providing equitable access to nutrition in the communities we serve,” says Adrienne Chance, vice president of communications for SpartanNash and executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “Layering our commitment with these additional fundraising efforts allows us to support pantries and their customers in a wider variety of ways.”

During the campaign, store guests were invited to donate at checkout to join the fight against hunger. Approximately one in 10 shoppers, as well as SpartanNash Associates, donated.

Council Re|Sale in Berkley Helping Kentucky Tornado Victims Through Jan. 8

Council Re|Sale in Berkley is donating 10 percent of sales for the week of Jan. 3-8, to the Jewish Federation of Louisville Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. The fund is working with the American Red Cross – Kentucky Region to support relief and recovery efforts in the hardest-hit communities impacted by the deadly tornadoes and severe weather system on the night of Dec. 10, 2021.

“Our heart goes out to all those that suffered such terrible loss of life and devastation due to the weather and we wanted to start our year by helping the many thousands of victims with our donation as the need is so great,” says Amy Cutler, president of National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan, the volunteer and social justice organization that operates the Berkley store.

For more information, visit here.

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