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Plans laid out for Hall Road development

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 23, 2020

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Development plans are in the works for the area just north of Hall Road on the east side of Macomb Township.

On June 16, the Macomb Township Planning Commission unanimously accepted a preliminary planned unit development, or PUD, concept plan and asked the petitioner to bring back updated plans for the next phase.  

The development, near Hall Road, between North Avenue and Fairchild Road, is proposed by Matick Auto. The plan calls for a car wash, restaurant, detail center and storage parking lot.

Karl Zimmermann, owner of Matick Toyota, located along Hall Road between North Avenue and Fairchild Road, said Matick has some experience operating a car wash.

“We’re very sensitive to the concerns of our neighbors and community and grateful for the PUD to look at this comprehensively,” he said.

Altogether, the development encompasses four parcels of land owned by two individuals.

Zimmermann said access to North Avenue traffic for prospective customers makes it a worthwhile project at the multi-use site.

Site plans call for 157-car storage inventory parking for Matick Toyota, a car wash, detail center and Sedona Taphouse.

“We’ve had a wonderful working relationship with our community in Redford and have some built-up credibility,” Zimmermann said.

The car wash, detail center and restaurant would be to the north and west of Dairy Queen.

Project architect Shane Bierley said the reason this site was chosen is because they really wanted to tie it into the Toyota dealership.

He added that it’s proposed for Sedona to be a two-story restaurant. The plan for the car wash is for it to be a single-tunnel automatic.

Regarding neighborhood impact, since the development would back up to homes on Urban Street, Bierley said they want to provide residents with more green space.

The plan is for a six-foot concrete wall to divide the development from residential areas, interspersed with decorative aluminum fencing and greenery.

Zimmermann said the plan would be to develop the entire site infrastructure at once, opposed to developing it in phases.

Planning commissioners also discussed a requested time extension on a special land use permit for a local pool shop located west of Industrial Drive and north of 23 Mile Road.

The issue of what is required of Sunny’s Pools and More to stay open has been before the commission since mid-January. Some of the issues included the addition of a fire separation wall and how to properly store chemicals.

Vice Chair Aaron Tuckfield said no permits have been pulled and that retail space has significantly changed at the store. He indicated he isn’t comfortable extending the time to 30 days.

The commission unanimously approved a motion to extend the land use approval to the commission’s June 30 meeting to allow the store’s owner, Kevin Zacharski, time to clarify some of the issues.

Zacharski said a firewall has been filled in and the parking lot is properly striped. He said he believes he met the commission’s requirements so that his petition could be approved.  

The June 16 meeting was the Planning Commission’s first since March 3. Its six previous meetings were cancelled.

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