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Huntington Woods sells former Sam’s Market location

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published October 3, 2016

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HUNTINGTON WOODS — The former location of Sam’s Market finally has a buyer after several years of being vacant.

The location, 10099 W. 11 Mile Road, has been vacant since as far back as 2010, but the city purchased it about two and a half years ago, according to City Manager Amy Sullivan.

The sale, approved by the City Commission at its Sept. 29 meeting, will close on Oct. 5 for $250,000. The city paid $270,000 when it purchased Sam’s; the buyer will need to pay for a new roof on the building.

The space was bought by a resident of Huntington Woods, and it will be turned into a beauty salon and possibly another business.

“We’re very happy with the improvements that the new owner is going to put into the building, and it’ll look nice on 11 Mile, and we’re very happy with that,” Mayor Bob Paul said.

Part of the reason why the city bought the space was that, when a buyer did come around, the city would be able to sell the space to a business of the city’s choice.

“We wanted to make sure it was a business that fit with the community of Huntington Woods,” Paul said. “We had some restaurants that were interested, and it just didn’t make sense from a parking standpoint. But this is going to be a good use for the building and a good addition to the neighborhood as well.”

Sullivan added that the space also was becoming an eyesore and that it needed upkeep, another reason why the city bought the location.

“It had been vacant for years and years and was starting to deteriorate,” she said. “The city purchased it so that we could get it cleaned up as much as we can.”

Though several different businesses came forward to possibly purchase the building, Sullivan feels they found the right business for the spot on 11 Mile.

“It’s not an intensive use that would create parking concerns,” she said. “It doesn’t have noise concerns. This backs up to two residential areas on two sides and a park on the third side. So we wanted something that was compatible with the neighborhood, and the beauty salon seemed appropriate.”

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