Fall guide to preventing those pesky pests

As the temperature drops, we comfy up inside our fantastic, warm houses. Tragically, so do bugs and rodents.

If the intruders are as little as a ground dwelling insect or as large as a group of skunks, your best barrier against bugs is close their passage ways into your home. Here’s what to do.

  • Asses the Exterior
  • Concentrate on windows and entryways
  • Put screens on vents
  • Control your garden and plants
  • Double-check repairs
  • Monitor the enemy
  • Identify the intruder
  • Create a Plan
  • Know when to hire a professional

Along with these tips here are a few more ideas that will help you combat these pesky pests:

  1. Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  2. Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  3. Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter.
  4. Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  5. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  6. Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
  7. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house; keep shrubbery well-trimmed.
  8. If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem.

30+ Million for Woodward Corridor Housing

The Kresge Foundation based out of Troy Michigan along with a Washington nonprofit organization have come up with 30 million dollars to help developers build residential homes in Detroit’s Woodward corridor. The Woodward Corridor Investment Fund set up by philanthropic organizations and banks will help developers build more market-rate and moderate-income residential projects. NCB Capitol Impact along with other foundation supporters will offer loan terms that cannot be found with traditional lenders.

Experts say that affordable housing is going to be the key to success which has been lacking in the areas redevelopments. Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation, said in a statement. “Access to capital is critical to expanding opportunity, strengthening neighborhoods and improving quality of life in our cities,”

The fund is hoping to achieve similar success to that of “Auburn” which opened last fall on Cass Avenue near Wayne State University. Similar to Auburn the Woodward Corridor Fund projects must set aside 20 percent of their units to those earning below 80 percent of the area’s median income. Even with these regulation the Auburn complex saw amazing results and filled most of their units immediately after opening. With applications being accepted in October 1st the Woodward Corridor is hoping to see the same results.

Along with all the residential construction they will begin projects on the M-1 light rail system, which will run from downtown north to East Grand in New Center. With this construction starting very soon it will help create a more desirable shopping and business district connecting downtown and midtown.

Sue Mosey, president of Midtown Detroit, Inc., said the loan fund will help with similar projects in the $3 million to $5 million range. “It will really help enable projects to get done quicker and without nearly as many funding sources,” she said. “We hope it will be speeding up progress in projects coming online in 2014-15.”

Construction will begin in the beginning of 2014. The fund also is being supported by MetLife, Inc., PNC Bank, Prudential, Calvert Foundation, Living Cities, and the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation.

September 2013 Monthly Market Update

Dear Team, August continued the trend we outlined last month in each geographic area and price range with the market continuing to improve over last year, but at a slower rate. The pace of sales and of new listings entering the market are increasing and values are improving. New buyers are still outrunning new listings, so inventories continue to fall (with the exception of Washtenaw County and Northwest Michigan, where inventories have risen slightly). The overall Months Supply of Inventory hit another record low at two months and values have risen to a five-year high. Some select markets are approaching their peak 2005 values. This is, of course, all a result of what is really an overheated market. A market that moves too far ahead of the pace of the overall economy will eventually be headed for a fall, so the waning of this crazy pace to a more normal growth rate is good news for all. The Fall starts the seasonal slow down for home sales so we can expect fewer multiple offers. We will still see the vast majority of homes (over 85%) sell within 90 days or less. For Buyers in a bidding war, our rule of thumb has been, “as long as the offer is at or below the peak 2005 value, the overbid is a safe bet.” We have included two charts, Comerica’s local economic trend and the latest Case-Shiller value trend. Both show good news for housing and our local economy. Inline image 1 The Comerica Michigan Economic Activity Index continues to show strong growth through this summer, surpassing the prior 2007/08 high points. This represents the fuel for sustaining our local housing growth trends. Inline image 2 Case-Shiller shows Detroit with one of the highest year-over-year value growth rates. Although we are the only major city still below our 2000 value baseline, that is heavily influenced by the decline in values for the city of Detroit (the good news is city values are rising quickly again). The typical Southeast Michigan market is at or above 2000 values. With Fall quickly approaching, I want to applaud all of you for another outstanding summer season. Thank you all for a wonderful month!

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Dalian Library Architects

The library is intended to be a transformative environment that pulls visitors into a unique landscape. The building weaves into the ground creating a series of courtyards and topographic undulations- rooting itself, and then sweeping up into the air forming a bold urban landmark. The shifting of the mass creates spaces ranging from the intimate spaces for reflection in the courtyard to the dynamic and expansive views offered from the tower volume. The tower volume has a series of internal voids and terraced spaces to further enhance the variety of spatial conditions and to provide internal connectivity. A series of retail functions including cafes will help draw a larger audience to the library. A large media center that shares the central drop-off can be used after hours and function independently.

Architects: 10 DESIGN

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  • Location: Dalian, China
  • Project Leader: Ted Givens
  • Project Team: Abraham Fung, Emre Icdem, Judy Chan, Mohamad Ghamlouch, Shane Dale
  • Landscape Team : Ewa Koter
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Building Height & Nos of Floors: +39.00 m / 6F above ground, 2F below ground
  • Function: Library & Media Centre

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The mass responds and is shaped by views into the site and outward to the surrounding sea and mountains. A green hill over the media center forms an outdoor gathering space and amphitheater and will offer water views to the southern sea. A roof top café on the tower volume provides panoramic views of the mountains and sea.

The facade of the library is a dark grey brass that will develop a beautiful patina over time. The metal skin will have a natural resistance to the marine conditions and harsh weather. The smaller voids in the buildings mass will use an anodized aluminum brass alloy to remain vibrant and colorful as the rest of the building transforms with time.