Troy City Council uncorks plan for wine-tasting room/restaurant

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 20, 2019

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TROY — A new Napa Valley-style tasting room and 242-seat restaurant will make its place on Big Beaver Road.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved a conditional rezoning for just over 2 acres on Big Beaver Road, east of Livernois Road, from one-family residential to a Big Beaver form-based district zoning, needed to build Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, at its Feb. 25 meeting.

The Planning Commission voted 7-0 at a Jan. 8 meeting to recommend approval of the request to rezone the parcel.

The application also included a special land use request to construct the building as one story in the Big Beaver district.

The Big Beaver form-based district zoning was created to promote high-density, vertical integration and mixed uses of residential, office and commercial properties to create a “world-class corridor,” according to the city’s master land use plan.

David Sawyer, one of the developers, described the project as a Napa Valley-style tasting room and 242-seat restaurant.

“We had lots of options. We thought it was a really great restaurant that’s family friendly,” he said.

Sawyer said most entrees are priced under $27. He noted that the restaurant will close at 9:30 p.m. on weekdays, at 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 9 p.m. on Sundays. “It’s not really a bar, but a place you come to eat.”

The plans feature a decorative fence and a 42-inch hedge to transition to adjacent homes. The 12,174-square-foot, $7 million development will feature outdoor art depicting an origami-style hawk.

The site spans a total of six combined parcels. There was a home on one of the parcels, but it has been removed.

The plans include curb cuts on Frankton Drive and Troy Street, with no access from Big Beaver Road.

The Zoning Board of Appeals granted the developer variances for setbacks and parking locations at a Dec. 18, 2018, meeting.

Residents’ concerns at the Planning Commission public hearing centered on the added traffic and noise, and the transition to the neighborhood.

“I commend the applicant,” said Planning Director R. Brent Savidant. “I believe he spoke to every neighbor. … It’s a very cool-looking building.”

“I look forward to the restaurant coming to the city,” said Councilman Ed Pennington. “It’s exactly what we’re hoping for when a development abuts a residential area — a commercial developer reaching out to the residents. Obviously, there was a great effort to do that.”