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Downtown Okemos Updates
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Reopening of Roads to Allow for Easier Access to Douglas J Salon and Spa 

We previously shared the Village of Okemos development planned to continue demolition on the current “block two” of the project – the southwest corner of Hamilton and Okemos Roads – and remove the remaining structures on that block this fall. As of October 2019, the demolition of the current “block two” is being shifted to late spring 2020. While we understand our clients may be disappointed with a delay in demolition, the shift will allow for a more efficient construction schedule. By pushing the additional demolition and environmental mitigation to the spring, the development team hopes to be able to move directly into construction on the project. 

Opportunities to coordinate with various utility and transportation providers have opened up to allow for greater infrastructure and environmental improvements to occur overall, and to minimize interruptions and inconveniences of these significant investments. As a result, The Village of Okemos project is coming together over the next three months with Consumers Energy, the Ingham County Drain Commission, the Ingham County Road Department (ICRD) and Meridian Township to work to coordinate development construction with significant public projects already planned by each of these organizations.

The construction schedule will be set as the team coordinates with all entities involved for maximum efficiency and the fewest traffic and sidewalk disruptions possible.

Hamilton Road to Reopen
As planning occurs and construction is paused for winter, Hamilton Road and Ardmore Avenue are tentatively scheduled to reopen the week of Oct. 28, 2019. All detours will be removed and roads will return to their original traffic patterns.

The roads will remain open until the project and municipal collective determines a full construction schedule. The reopening of Hamilton Road will also allow for easier access by guests and staff to Douglas J Salon and Spa. 

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Wondering what's next for the Village of Okemos project?  

Environmental mitigation work on the site is moving into its next phase


The current phase of environmental mitigation work by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) began at the end of June and is now moving forward. Residents can expect to see the current construction equipment removed from the site until the next phase begins. 

Round two of work will include the demolition of all buildings on the southwest block of the project site, bordered by Okemos Road, Hamilton Road, Ardmore Street and Clinton Street. Demolition start dates have not yet been set but are anticipated for late November with work expected to conclude early in 2020. Funding has been secured in part through a grant from the Michigan EGLE.

Detours will remain the same as they have been in recent months and guests and staff should follow the same routes to Douglas J unless otherwise posted.

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Construction and Remediation Work Almost Wrapped


Construction and environmental remediation work is nearing completion in preparation of the Village of Okemos project. You can see it in action here.

Environmental remediation work by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy that began at the end of June is set to finish in the next few weeks. Until then, Douglas J guests planning to visit the Okemos Salon and Spa are asked to continue using the Hamilton road detour by taking Okemos road to Clinton, then Ardmore.

Consumers Energy work will continue on-and-off in and around Okemos Road. Throughout all construction of the Village of Okemos project, the Okemos location of Douglas J Salon and Spa will remain open.

If you would like to receive updated information about road closures and traffic near the salon you can sign up for Meridian Township email notifications at http://bit.ly/31HRQ4h. You can also read up to date information about Ingham County Road Commission construction and closures at http://bit.ly/2XiOZ2A.

Meanwhile the development team led by True North Development is busy finalizing floor plans for commercial and residential spaces for the Village of Okemos project. These spaces will become neighbors to the Douglas J flagship Salon and Spa in downtown Okemos.

To receive real-time updates on project details follow the Village of Okemos social media channels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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Village of Okemos project receives 7-0 approval from the Meridian Township Board 

Douglas J Salon and Spa is open during construction

The Village of Okemos project, which features a new home for Douglas J’s flagship Okemos Salon and Spa, is moving forward after a unanimous 7-0 vote from the Meridian Township Board of Trustees. 

More than 50 years since its opening, Douglas J’s Okemos operations will move into a new massive flagship salon and spa. The salon will serve as the anchor tenant in the $110 million development in downtown Okemos at the corner of Hamilton and Okemos roads, with an anticipated completion date of 2021. 

Environmental remediation lead by the The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and Wolverine Building Grouphas already begun on Hamilton Road to remove contaminated soils on site. There will be a detour for upcoming Hamilton Road road closures that will affect Douglas J guests.

The Okemos Salon and Spa will remain open during the construction. Guests are encouraged to visit our Okemos location by taking Okemos Road to Clinton, then Ardmore. Because of the construction, the Okemos Salon and Spa may not be accessible by Hamilton Road at times. 

If you would like to receive updated information about road closures and traffic near the salon you can sign up for Meridian Township email notifications at http://bit.ly/31HRQ4h. You can also read up to date information about Ingham County Road Commission construction and closures at http://bit.ly/2XiOZ2A.

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Hamilton Road Closed June 27 - August 30

Guests asked to take Clinton to Ardmore

There will be an upcoming detour for Hamilton Road road closures that will affect Douglas J guests. The road closures will start on June 27, 2019 and will end by August 30, 2019.

Douglas J guests should plan to visit our Okemos Salon and Spa by taking Okemos Road to Clinton, then Ardmore. Because of the construction, the Okemos Salon and Spa may not be accessible by Hamilton Road at times. Guests are asked to please follow the posted detours.

The road will be closed by Wolverine Building Group to facilitate the removal of contaminated soils on site. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (formerly DEQ) will be in charge of the soil remediation process.

While this is not construction on the Village of Okemos project, it is needed remediation to make the project site safe, and the potential of this development project has helped to spur the Michigan EGLE to prioritize and fund the clean-up. While we understand this is inconvenient to our guests, we look forward to the end result of a beautiful new salon inside the Village of Okemos project, and the positive environmental impacts this will have on our community.

If you would like to receive updated information about road closures and traffic near the salon you can sign up for Meridian Township email notifications at http://bit.ly/31HRQ4h. You can also read up to date information about Ingham County Road Commission construction and closures at http://bit.ly/2XiOZ2A.

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Project receives 7-0 support for site plan

The Village of Okemos project, into which Douglas J Salon and Spa plans to relocate in 2021, is moving forward after a vote from the Meridian Township Planning Commission. The redevelopment site plans received unanimous approval from the planning commission at a meeting on May 20.

Now approved, the site plans will go in front of the township board in June. If passed, demolition and environmental work will begin this summer to transform Okemos into a walkable downtown featuring boutiques, cafes, restaurants and our flagship salon and spa..

At the Meridian Township Planning Commission meeting, Chief Operating Officer of Douglas J, Don Romain, voiced his support for the Village of Okemos development.

“The Douglas J flagship store has been operating in Okemos for the past 50 years. Now we are looking at where we will excel for the next 50 years,” said Mr. Romain. “With the Village of Okemos development we believe there is a great future for us here, and we plan to be a part of this transformation.”

For more information about the Meridian Township Planning Commission meetings, agendas, schedule and more, visit http://www.meridian.mi.us/government/boards-and-commissions/planning-commission.

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VILLAGE OF OKEMOS PROJECT GETS OFFICIAL

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Things are getting official for the redevelopment of downtown Okemos. The Village of Okemos project, into which Douglas J Salon and Spa plans to relocate in 2021, has submitted official site plans to the Meridian Township Planning Commission for review and a public hearing on May 13, and a vote later in the month.

If approved, the plans will go in front of the township board in June, paving the way for demolition and environmental work to begin this summer to help transform downtown Okemos into a historic hamlet of walkable boutiques, cafes, restaurants and, of course, our flagship salon and spa.

For more information about the Meridian Township Planning Commission meetings, agendas, schedule and more, visit http://www.meridian.mi.us/government/boards-and-commissions/planning-commission.

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VILLAGE OF OKEMOS PROJECT BRINGING RETAIL, RESTAURANT AND RESIDENTIAL

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Village of Okemos project, into which Douglas J Salon and Spa plans to relocate in 2021, is moving forward with planning including building designs, site plans and street design.

The area is being composed to replicate a "village-like hamlet" reminiscent of the downtowns of yesteryear. To add substance to the beauty, an in-depth market analysis and separate housing study were undertaken. The resulting plans include:

To receive Village of Okemos email updates with more details on construction, road impacts, community meetings and the like, sign up here: http://eepurl.com/ggF3SL

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GET A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE OF HAMILTON ROAD

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Village of Okemos project has shared initial project renderings of Hamilton Road, and the view from the future home of Douglas J Salon and Spa. The street and building designs feature a tree-lined boulevard, outdoor dining and the work of six different architects to ensure Hamilton Road maintains a unique and varied village feel.
 
The project has also launched a series of ways for Douglas J guests and staff to stay updated on key dates and developments:

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POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IN DOWNTOWN OKEMOS MOVES FORWARD 
True North Development presents concept plan for $100 million development in Meridian Township

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

OKEMOS, Mich. - Imagine sitting on a patio along a tree-lined street, sipping a drink before heading across the boulevard for a haircut. And imagine this idyllic village-like setting replacing the current blighted vacant buildings on the southern corners of Okemos and Hamilton Roads.

Local developer Will Randle, of True North Development, and his team are taking the next steps to move forward on a potential $100 million-plus investment into a mixed-use development on the blocks surrounded by Hamilton Road, Okemos Road and Ardmore Avenue in Okemos. The proposed project is a mixed-use, multistory community with public and private parking centered around a small downtown with restaurants and boutique shops, including a space proposed for Douglas J Salon and Spa.

The project — currently being referred to as The Village of Okemos — is being designed by a team of the nation's best planning, architecture, engineering, landscape, community engagement and traffic experts, including Gibbs Planning Group, Presley Architecture and Hobbs+Black Architects, to ensure it is a national model for redevelopment. The team's goal is to reinvigorate this historic hamlet, rebuilding it into a thriving village with a walkable downtown and establishing it as a true commercial and cultural center for Meridian Township.

Check back here for the latest updates on the project or click on the links below to follow the progress!

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