Could a new outlot restaurant come to the shopping center on the southwest corner of Seven Mile and Middlebelt in Livonia? A recent rezoning request indicates that’s a possibility.
A proposal to rezone portions of the south parking lot of the shopping center that contains Planet Fitness and Pet Supplies Plus is working its way through Livonia city government. The proposal calls for the rezoning of the land to C-2 General Business from P-Parking. Such a designation would allow for a new structure, which appears to be a restaurant with a potential drive-thru window, to go up at the site.
“The new building would be located between the Boston Market and the Wendy’s,” said Mark Taormina, the city’s planning and economic development director, during a planning commission meeting held Jan. 26. “Changing the zoning to C-2 is the necessary first step since the P-Parking classification currently does not allow buildings or structures.”
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The plan received unanimous approval from the planning commission at that meeting, and the rezoning request will head to the city council for its review. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for March 1. If the first reading of the rezoning is approved by the council, a site plan could then come before the planning commission for its review and recommendation to city council.
There was no word on what type of restaurant would occupy the space. Architect Benedetto Tiseo told the planning commission he planned on hammering out details of a site plan if and when the time came.
“We’re here for just a rezoning,” he said. “I know there is going to be some site plan issues that will need to be addressed, but rest assured that we will address them if we go through with this and it’s approved.”
If a new development does come to fruition at the site, it would be the most recent addition to the shopping center. In addition to shops such as Bulk Food and Smoothies and Jin Wig and Beauty, a standalone Citizens Bank ATM has been installed on the southern portion of the property, placed there after the bank branch on nearby Middlebelt closed in 2019.
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