Center Line targets redevelopment at 10 Mile and Van Dyke

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published March 9, 2018

 Center Line officials said  Buscemi’s on Van Dyke Avenue,  just south of 10 Mile Road, was  expected to open for business within 30 days of the liquor license approval in February.

Center Line officials said Buscemi’s on Van Dyke Avenue, just south of 10 Mile Road, was expected to open for business within 30 days of the liquor license approval in February.

Photo by Dennis Champine

CENTER LINE — Center Line officials said the new Buscemi’s store preparing to open near 10 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue is more than a revitalized property. City Manager Dennis Champine said he hopes it will be the first of many new businesses looking to set up shop in the Downtown Development Authority district.

“Buscemi’s is finally going to be opening after a two-year wait of getting the approval for their liquor license,” Champine said.

He added that the reason for the delay wasn’t clear, but that the license the business did receive falls under the “Resort Specially Designated Distributor” category with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, and outside of the city’s total allotment of 13 licenses for the packaged and on-premises sale of alcoholic beverages.

Officials hope that will open the door for other businesses looking to locate in Center Line, which may have in the past been excluded due to a lack of available licensing.

“Resort licenses are meant for, obviously resorts, but also for downtowns that are being developed for a walkable environment where restaurants, bars and pubs will be located,” Champine said. “This particular location (Buscemi’s) is in fact within the Van Dyke downtown corridor business district, which is the primary zone that we’re targeting for downtown redevelopment.”

Officials said Buscemi’s was expected to open for business within 30 days of the licensing approval in February.

Beyond that, officials are eyeing other potential developments they hope could open in the months or years to come.

“The reality of it is several of the prospective developments, I should call them, the ones that we’re aware of, are going to be the types of businesses that will take advantage of the resort licensing opportunities,” Champine said.

Center Line Mayor Bob Binson joined Champine in crediting state Sen. Steve Bieda and state Rep. Pat Green for helping to resolve the licensing question.

“We’re trying to help any business that wants to develop here in Center Line to be able to succeed and prosper,” Binson said. “That’s what’s important to us, that they can come to town and we can help them get established, and we can provide more desirable businesses for our citizens.”

Binson said the city has also worked to improve the environment for businesses through the DDA’s facade improvement program and the efforts of the Center Line Beautification Commission.

“I know a lot of people in town want to see us (with) more restaurants and stuff like that, and more places for people to frequent, but we’ve got to attract them,” Binson said. “In order to do that, we’ve got to spruce up our downtown.”