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 A special land use for Sunny’s Pools and More in Macomb Township would allow it to store more volatile materials. One specification the Fire Department also had for the business is for a firewall to be in place.

A special land use for Sunny’s Pools and More in Macomb Township would allow it to store more volatile materials. One specification the Fire Department also had for the business is for a firewall to be in place.

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Macomb Township Fire Department specifies that firewall should be in place at local business

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published January 29, 2020

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A special land use was the main focus of a recent Planning Commission meeting.

New business at the Jan. 21 Macomb Township Planning Commission meeting included discussion on a special land use for Sunny’s Pools & More, located west of Industrial Drive and north of 23 Mile Road. The Macomb Township location would serve as its corporate headquarters.

Macomb Township Planning Consultant David Scurto, from Carlisle Wortman Associates Inc., said the special land use allows the business to store more volatile materials.

“The Engineering Department is fine with the special land use and the Planning Department is fine with it, as long as there aren’t loose materials or any type of flammable material improperly stored,” he said.

Scurto recommended approving the special land use, with the condition that the township building and fire restrictions are met.   

One specification the Fire Department had for Sunny’s was for a firewall to be in place.

Kevin Zacharski, who owns the business, said he’s recently had conversations with the Fire Department regarding chemical storage and the amounts of what can be stored. He indicated at the meeting that it was the first time he had heard of the firewall requirement.

Zacharski said a retail store will also be at the location, in addition to headquarters and a warehouse. He said the business moved in March. Previously, the store was located at the intersection of 23 Mile and Hayes roads.

“Safety is the utmost concern, not only for our employees, but our customers,” he said. “We do everything possible to watch out for this.”

Planning Commissioner Richard Bentley said he was concerned that since the business is currently operating, there is no fire separation wall from where the public would access the front of the store to the chemical storage area.

“My concern is you’re not aware of any of that and have had this conversation with the Fire Department,” he said. “I’m not sure if there’s a lack of communication here, or what safeguards we can employ.”

Zacharski said he’s willing to change or install a door or wall to comply with safety requirements.

“The main thing we wanted this building for was to do more internet work,” Zacharski said. “Walk-in traffic is down 50%-70%. The building is for that future work.”

The commission tabled making a determination on the special land use until its next meeting on Feb. 4.

Also addressed at the meeting was a rezoning request from agricultural to residential urban one family.

The land is on the south side of 25 Mile Road, east of Romeo Plank Road.

Scurto said the proposed zoning matches surrounding zoning in the area and correlates with the master plan.

Resident Fred Tangelder, who lives one street south of the property, asked how the rezoning would impact the subdivision he resides in.

He inquired about where access to the new development would be and the placement of a fence on Biscayne Drive, directly east of the property.

Macomb Township Engineer Jim Van Tiflin said the next step would be for the petitioner to submit a preliminary plan, followed by an engineering review.

After some discussion, the commission approved recommending rezoning approval to the township Board of Trustees.

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