An event venue is in talks for a barn on 12 Mile Road, off of Telegraph Road.

An event venue is in talks for a barn on 12 Mile Road, off of Telegraph Road.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Event venue in talks for barn on 12 Mile in Southfield

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published December 11, 2019

 If approved, the barn will hold small events such as meetings, officials said.

If approved, the barn will hold small events such as meetings, officials said.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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SOUTHFIELD — Southfield is known for its skyline and freeways, but there’s a little bit of country life tucked away off of 12 Mile Road.

Thomas Mannino, the owner of a barn located at 23410 W. 12 Mile Road, is in talks with the Southfield City Council to turn the building into a small event venue.

Mannino, of Farmington Hills, came before the Southfield Planning Commission Oct. 23 to discuss the plan — a special use request.

Jeff Spence, the assistant city planner, said the barn is on the north side of 12 Mile Road, near Bell Road, and is a quarter of a mile from the corner of Telegraph and 12 Mile roads, near the Chanticleer Condominiums.

Mannino said the barn can accommodate up to 50 people and would be used for smaller-scale events, such as meetings.

“The setting is fantastic, and keeping the character natural has been very important,” Mannino said.

Neighbor Charles Grubey said he is worried about noise pollution and how the venue might bring strangers to the area.

“I’m really concerned about the noise factor,” he said. “I don’t feel like that’s good for the peacefulness of the area.”

Mannino told the Planning Commission that the events at the barn would be thoroughly vetted and monitored.

“I want to put the public at ease — this is not the kind of building that you would rent out to somebody to have a function and not monitor it,” he said. “It’s not like a clubhouse at a condominium that somebody could have a graduation party or have an unattended function.”

Spence said that the road to the barn is currently purposely unpaved.

“In order to keep the rural feel of this property, this site will not be completely paved,” Spence said at the meeting.

A total of 18 parking spaces would be added, two of which would be barrier-free spaces on a paved surface, Spence said.

The Southfield City Council was slated to take action on the plan at their Nov. 25 meeting, but the decision was postponed until Dec. 16.

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