Ford reveals plan for $700M plant, jobs at Rouge plus all-electric Ford F-150 secrets
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. revealed Thursday an audacious plan to build a $700 million plant at the Rouge complex in Dearborn, Mich., that would create the first all-electric F-150, the nation’s bestselling vehicle.“This plant mirrors the story of America and American manufacturing,” said Bill Ford Jr., executive chairman, during an event at the manufacturing site livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook. “This is where the industrial revolution took hold, where the arsenal of democracy was forged, where parents and grandparents and great grandparents built not only cars and trucks but their own Ame...
Detroit Free Press
Auto review: Cheap frills make the 2020 Nissan Sentra a little luxury ride
Have you ever noticed that all apartment rentals are marketed as luxury apartments, even though they’re not? My grandmother lived in an apartment building with a doorman, and a large swimming pool with private cabanas. Its lobby contained a market, a florist, a beauty parlor, a restaurant and bar, a pharmacy, and a dry cleaner. Most new “luxury” apartments offer nothing even close to this, beyond a gym.Certainly luxury is an overused word, but the concept is simple: A luxury product or service make our lives easier, even enjoyable, and wears a hefty price tag that ensures its exclusivity. But ...
Tribune News Service
Real estate Q&A: Who should fix water line to a townhouse?
Q: I live in a townhouse where the water meters are near the parking lot. Who is responsible for repairing the water line from the meter to the individual townhouse unit? Is it the townhouse unit owner, or is it the association because the water line is in the common area? — ClaraA: When you live in a community association, you agree to live by the rules and regulations in their governing documents.While specific issues are dealt with differently depending on whether you live in a co-op, condominium or homeowners association, you will find the answer to most questions in your community’s docum...
Lawsuit: Real estate firm linked to Jared Kushner illegally collected rent in NYC buildings without sprinklers
NEW YORK — A real estate firm with ties to President Donald Trump’s son-in-law illegally collected more than $4 million in rent from tenants in four New York City apartment buildings while failing to maintain working fire sprinkler systems, says a lawsuit filed Tuesday.Tenants in the Kushner Companies’ four adjacent East Village tenements say the firm has filed false documents with the city, endangering the lives of residents with illegal construction aimed at maximizing company profits.The Kushner Village residents want a Manhattan Supreme Court judge to block the company from collecting rent...
New York Daily News
Six months into the pandemic, downtown Chicago is a humbled giant. Can it get back on its feet?
CHICAGO — Six months after the COVID-19 pandemic first shook Chicago, the city’s once-mighty downtown — with its towering skyscrapers, glamorous shops and glittering public spaces — is a humbled giant, taking only tentative steps toward recovery.At the city’s tallest building, Willis Tower, 15,000 office workers poured through the lobby on a typical day before the pandemic. On Thursday, between 8 and 9 a.m., Tribune reporters counted 75 people passing through its main entrance.Depressed by two waves of looting that stunned Chicago, foot traffic on and around the Magnificent Mile shopping distr...
Facebook will buy REI's unused Bellevue headquarters complex, signalling offices are still relevant
SEATTLE — Facebook will buy REI’s so-new-it’s-never-been-used Bellevue, Wash., campus for nearly $368 million, the social media giant announced today.The move further consolidates Facebook’s Eastside mini-empire in the upscale, multiuse Spring District east of I-405. Before the acquisition of the 400,000-square-foot REI offices, Facebook was already on track to lease nearly 850,000 square feet in three under-construction Spring District buildings.Facebook, which opened its first Puget Sound office in 2010 with three engineers, now employs more than 5,000 local workers across 3 million square f...
The Seattle Times
As homes become offices, gyms and more, COVID-19 has upended how we think our living spaces should work
CHICAGO — Your home is working overtime during the pandemic. For many, what was once just a dwelling has become classroom, office, restaurant, gym, movie theater and more. COVID-19 has not only kept most of us confined to our quarters for the past six months — it has also altered the very definition of home.As homebuyers increasingly seek out pandemic-friendly features like home offices and expansive outdoor space, Chicago-area real estate developers, designers and agents are helping them find the features they need to live in this new normal.In a survey of 1,000 respondents who have bought a ...
Bryce Miller: MMA fighter … Business owner … Real estate agent … Phil Davis answers to them all
CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Sandwiches are flying at Hungry Hank’s Deli, a local strip-mall staple slathering mustard shoulder to shoulder with a nail salon and Vietnamese restaurant. A laundromat and shoe repair shop sit near enough to breathe in the aromatic goodness.One of the more interesting people you’re likely to meet, co-owner Phil Davis, ambles in. He’s an accomplished mixed-martial artist. He’s also a licensed real estate agent. He has officiated two weddings, including one in Guam. He’s bouncing into his business after spending much of the day home-schooling two children.The man tests the...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Amid pandemic, landlords trying to entice renters with bargains
PHILADELPHIA — Touted as a boutique luxury apartment building in the nexus of a tony suburb just outside Philadelphia, the Delwyn in Bala Cynwyd planned to open in the spring and charge as much as $2,430 a month for its biggest units.After the pandemic delayed construction, the Delwyn was ready to open in September. And with a concession: no rent for the rest of the year for the 87 unoccupied units in the building, which was developed by Federal Realty Investment Trust and is managed by Greystar.“What they’re doing in some of these communities is saying, ‘Look, we’re worried. It’s a little har...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Real estate Q&A: Can my partner's children break my lease after he dies?
Q: My partner and I live together in his house. He wants to leave the house to his children but gave me a lease agreement that allows me to continue living here if he passes away. If this happens, can his children sell the property and break the lease? — KellyA: Property ownership is sometimes called a bundle of rights.When someone rents out their property, they agree to give the tenant a part of that bundle for a specific period. In return for rent payments, the landlord transfers some of the property rights to the tenant, the most important of which is the right to possession.This means that...