Menards under construction in Warren

Mayor hails various commercial developments along Van Dyke

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published July 2, 2014

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WARREN — With all necessary permits secured, construction of the new Menards home improvement store is finally underway on property that was once home to the Van Dyke Sports Center.

“They have all their permits. They’re a solid go now,” Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said June 23. “I’m excited about the development on Van Dyke.”

Menards announced its interest in the now former Van Dyke Sports Center property on Van Dyke at Convention Boulevard, south of 14 Mile Road, in early 2012. The company later sought an agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation on a new traffic light and acquired the necessary approvals from the city.

Representatives of the company submitted a site plan for a 170,000-square-foot store in April 2012. Plans also called for an open-air warehouse and 180,000 square feet of outdoor sales space.

The terms of the real estate transaction between Menards and Van Dyke Sports Center owner Roman Halanski were not disclosed.

Founded in 1960, Wisconsin-based Menards sells building materials, hardware and home improvement products. The new store in Warren will put them in direct competition with Lowe’s and The Home Depot, which operate stores at 13 Mile Road and Van Dyke, and Hoover and Frazho, respectively.

“The construction phase for our new Menards store in Warren, Michigan, is on schedule, and if all goes as planned, we hope to open this store in early 2015,” Menard, Inc. spokesman Jeff Abbott said in an email response to a request for comment on the development. “The store is being built in our largest format and will have several great departments, plus a covered warehouse in a full-service lumberyard, a beautiful garden center, appliances and even a line of convenience groceries for a one-stop shopping experience.”

Abbott said Menards would begin accepting job applications once managers arrive on site later in 2014. He said interested applicants could also apply online at www.menards.com.

Fouts also applauded work underway to the south on Van Dyke. The Tech Plaza shopping center on Van Dyke at 12 Mile Road sat mostly empty for years before Wal-Mart returned to the site and opened for business earlier this spring. Developer Tom Petzold acquired space at the plaza not used by Wal-Mart and announced plans to redevelop the rest of the plaza and to bring 20-26 new businesses to retail spaces ranging from 1,600-23,000 square feet.

Petzold said the entire shopping center would envelope 142,000 square feet of retail space, including an additional 22,000 square feet of future construction. He revealed no names of the new stores but said the plaza would feature a “healthy balance” of national brands and local businesses that serve the city’s neighborhoods.

Fouts has also praised plans to bring a Cadillac dealership to empty space with Van Dyke frontage, directly across from the General Motors Technical Center and to the west of Warren’s City Hall.

The mayor has hinted at other ongoing negotiations to bring a major commercial development to Warren’s Civic Center, in vacant space near City Hall.

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