This undeveloped piece of land, at the southwest corner of 19 Mile and Garfield roads, was discussed earlier this month. Due to hardship associated with the pandemic, a plan for a Culver’s restaurant fell through and building tenancy changed.

This undeveloped piece of land, at the southwest corner of 19 Mile and Garfield roads, was discussed earlier this month. Due to hardship associated with the pandemic, a plan for a Culver’s restaurant fell through and building tenancy changed.

Photo by Alex Szwarc


Development near 19 Mile and Garfield discussed

Request made for road projects

By: Alex Szwarc | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published October 27, 2021

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Owners of an undeveloped piece of land near 19 Mile and Garfield roads are looking for single-tenant users.

At the Oct. 12 Clinton Township Board of Trustees meeting, a revised certificate for site development was unanimously approved. The development is known as Campus Collection and would be on the southwest corner of 19 Mile and Garfield roads.

Nearly three years ago, the 3.7-acre site was approved by the board. In 2019, the site was revised with the elimination of a proposed 8,720 square foot multi-tenant building with a drive-thru and construction of a Culver’s restaurant with a drive-thru in the same location.

Due to hardship associated with the pandemic, the Culver’s plan fell through and building tenancy changed. The restaurant would have occupied the building facing Garfield Road.

The petitioner, Garfield Nineteen Investments, sought to change the configuration of the multi-tenant building, which would face 19 Mile Road.

Emily D’Agostini, appearing on behalf of the investment company, said the outlot building, facing Garfield Road, is for sale or lease to a prospective single-tenant user.

“We have a signed lease on the 19 Mile Road building and have changed it to be a narrower footprint, so as not to accommodate a large sit-down use,” she said.   

Supervisor Bob Cannon said his concern with the property is that the land hasn’t been maintained very well.

“It’s overgrown with weeds and has piles of dirt and stones,” he said. “It looks terrible.”

In response to why the property hasn’t been kept up, D’Agostini said weeds were cut and the plan has been up in the air. As soon as design and construction begins, she said maintenance will resume.

She noted that medical use, with the nearby Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, would be better accommodated for the lot facing 19 Mile Road, rather than a sit-down restaurant.

D’Agostini said the next steps would be ordering steel by the end of the year, applying for a building permit and building the site as soon as possible.

Also for this site, the board amended the conditional zoning agreement.

In other township news, Valerie O’Neal was appointed to serve on the Planning Commission. The partial term is for three years, expiring Nov. 30, 2022. The recommendation on who to appoint was made by Supervisor Robert Cannon.

Cannon said O’Neal has a lot of experience in the community.

“She’s been on a lot of commissions, and I think she’ll do an excellent job,” he said.

At a September meeting, O’Neal said she previously served on the commission and is now retired from the Macomb County Department of Roads.

Regarding the future of roads, the board approved the 2023-26 federal aid committee request for road projects in the township.

In a letter, Treasurer Paul Gieleghem said the Macomb County Department of Roads, in coordination with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, has issued the call to communities to submit projects for consideration of federal funding in the years 2023-26.

Five projects will be considered for Clinton Township. They are 14 Mile Road, from Kelly Road to Gratiot Avenue; Kelly, from 15 Mile Road to 14 Mile; 15 Mile and Harper Avenue, from Gratiot to Harper and Shook Road to Interstate 94; 18 Mile Road, from Hayes Road to Garfield Road; and Harper from Crocker Boulevard to Metro Parkway.

Gieleghem said it’s unlikely the township would receive funding for all the projects.

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