Farmington Hills prepares to open new recreation and performing arts center | Local-news

When Farmington Hills city officials began to plan for a new recreation and performing arts center at the former Harrison High School, they visited similar facilities in Livonia, Canton, Dearborn and elsewhere.

“We asked what were the most popular attractions,” said Ellen Schnackel, director of the city’s Department of Special Services. “We asked what they would have done differently.”

The city expects to open the $22 million facility at 29995 W. 12 Mile Road by June 1, although the date is tentative because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The city began construction in fall 2019 on the facility, which surveys showed

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Despite Chrite’s departure, Bethune-Cookman prepares for the future

Nearly three weeks ago, Bethune-Cookman University President LaBrent Chrite abruptly resigned.

In making the announcement on March 16, Chrite first informed his cabinet. He didn’t tell the school’s Board of Trustees until much later in the day — an  indication that some acrimony existed between Chrite and the board.

Chrite’s letter of resignation suggested as much: “As the university enters this next stage of its trajectory, it is especially critical that the B-CU president be fully and demonstrably aligned with the board and the board’s leadership. It is clear to me that I cannot be that individual. I wish each

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