Development proceeds along Troy’s ‘Golden Corridor’

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published January 28, 2015

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An empty two-story office building on westbound Big Beaver, east of Livernois, will be razed to make way for a Qdoba restaurant, retail space and two other restaurants in line with city’s vision of Big Beaver as a world-class corridor.

At the Jan. 13 meeting, the Planning Commission unanimously approved a preliminary site plan to develop a 1.6-acre parcel into a free-standing 3,000-square-foot Qdoba restaurant and an additional 6,000-square-foot retail center with two restaurants that will front Big Beaver.

“The new project is more in accordance with the Big Beaver form-based district,” said City Planning Director Brent Savidant. “It eliminates a nonconforming situation.”

Under form-based district guidelines, new projects constructed along Big Beaver must have a strong relationship with the street, which includes having an entrance on Big Beaver, transparency that engages the street by allowing those walking past to see activity inside the building and public art. The zoning district allows a wide range of permitted uses.

“It’s important to note that Qdoba will not have a drive-thru,” Savidant said to the Planning Commission. “Drive-thrus for restaurants are not permitted within the district.”

The buildings will be placed 17 feet off the Big Beaver right of way, and there will be no curb cuts on Big Beaver, Savidant said. The curb cut will be on Talbot, and parking will be in the rear of the development.

“It’s one more piece of the puzzle transforming Big Beaver into a world-class corridor,” Savidant said.

Qdoba will offer outdoor seating. The 17-foot setback from Big Beaver will feature planter boxes, benches, bike racks and lighting.

Mark Ehgotz, spokesman for Saroki Architects, the firm overseeing the project, told the Planning Commission they were still open to finding tenants for the center.

“I look forward to seeing the project,” said Planning Commission Chair Donald Edmunds.

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