renovation en Old prison breathes new life <p>For this week&rsquo;s installment of &ldquo;<a href="">What&rsquo;s Working</a>,&rdquo; Morning Edition Host Christina Shockley speaks with Judy Krasnow, resident and tour guide of the Armory Arts Village in Jackson. Located in what once served as Michigan&rsquo;s first penitentiary, the Armory Arts Village is a residential community originally set up to provide living, working, and presentation space for artists. Mon, 07 Mar 2011 16:46:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & What's Working 1526 at Old prison breathes new life Facelift for Detroit's Cobo Center <p>Cobo Center in Detroit is going to get more than a coat of new paint between now and next year&rsquo;s auto show.</p><p>The regional authority now running Detroit&rsquo;s downtown convention center announced today Cobo will undergo a $221 million renovation.</p><p>Cobo Center&rsquo;s general manager, Thom Connors, says the three year project will allow Cobo to better accommodate the needs of the North American International Auto Show:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;More leasable space, more attractive space, and increased banquet and meeting room capacity and new exhibition space. Its going to make it an easier sell to a wider variety of potential clients.&nbsp; And allow us to do larger, multiple events at the same time, as well as larger capacity events in the future.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>As part of&nbsp; the renovation, Cobo Arena will be replaced with a 40,000 square foot ballroom space.</p><p>The <a href="|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a> reported on the plans, announced this morning, to renovate downtown Detroit&#39;s Cobo Center:</p><blockquote><p>The project will be ready by the 2014 North American International Auto Show, and it will &ldquo;open up&rdquo; Cobo to the Detroit River with a new atrium entrance and sweeping architectural changes, said Larry Alexander, chair of the five-member Cobo Regional Convention Facility Authority.</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>The work will mark the first major overhaul of Cobo since 1989. Cobo was built in 1960. In recent years, Cobo has suffered from roof leaks and other problems, and other cities have leapfrogged ahead of Detroit in the amount of showroom space offered and other amenities.</p></blockquote><p>A bond sale enabled by the Cobo authority will pay for the renovations.</p><p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase=",0,47,0" height="350" id="flashObj" width="400"><param name="movie" value="" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="omnitureAccountID=gpaper204,gntbcstglobal&amp;pageContentCategory=news&amp;pageContentSubcategory=news01&amp;marketName=Detroit:freep&amp;revSciSeg=&amp;revSciZip=&amp;revSciAge=&amp;revSciGender=&amp;division=newspaper&amp;SSTSCode=news/article.htm&amp;videoId=808250648001&amp;playerID=47552131001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAACEbKtKE~,hMlwOmT8XTDQREoy7HraqM9iTdjQT71F&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="omnitureAccountID=gpaper204,gntbcstglobal&amp;pageContentCategory=news&amp;pageContentSubcategory=news01&amp;marketName=Detroit:freep&amp;revSciSeg=&amp;revSciZip=&amp;revSciAge=&amp;revSciGender=&amp;division=newspaper&amp;SSTSCode=news/article.htm&amp;videoId=808250648001&amp;playerID=47552131001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAACEbKtKE~,hMlwOmT8XTDQREoy7HraqM9iTdjQT71F&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" height="350" name="flashObj" pluginspage="" seamlesstabbing="false" src="" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400"></embed></object></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 18:34:56 +0000 Steve Carmody & Michigan Radio Newsroom 1478 at Facelift for Detroit's Cobo Center Oldest Net-Zero House in America <p><a href="">The Environment Report</a> has been following an effort to make a Michigan house the oldest net-zero house in America. That means in a year the home will produce as much energy or more than it uses. <a href="">Lester Graham reports</a>... the owners are at the point where they can reach that goal.</p><p>Matt and Kelly Grocoff bought an old house in a historic neighborhood in Ann Arbor a few years ago. Matt wanted to show that making an older home an energy efficient showcase made more sense than building new.&nbsp; Kelly was just a little skeptical.</p><blockquote><p>“When we first bought the house and Matt was talking about what he wanted to do and what some goals might be, part of me was sort of like yeah, yeah, you know. Matt’s a dreamer. He likes to think big. And it’s really happening.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p><a href="">Find out how to assess your own home's energy efficiency.</a></p><p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:40:50 +0000 Rebecca Williams 662 at Oldest Net-Zero House in America