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Developers propose new shopping, restaurants in two Canton Township locations

Posted By: Hometown Life on November 16, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article. 

Bruce Baja and Drake Filippis of Signature Associates has the former bank branch listed.  


Two developers are proposing new shopping facilities with attached restaurants in different parts of the community.

The first proposal, at the northwest corner of Canton Center and Warren roads, would see a developer demolish the vacant former PNC Bank and replace it with a 7,400-square-foot, multi-tenant commercial building for retail and restaurant use.

On the southwest side of Canton Township, Dabaja Properties is proposing a multi-tenant commercial shopping center with a fast-food drive-through restaurant at the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Beck Road.

The Canton Township Planning Commission reviewed plans and recommended both proposals for approval at its Nov. 6 meeting. Both projects must go before the Canton Township Board of Trustees for final consideration.

Replacing an unused bank with professional, restaurant space

Developer Malik Hider said specifics for the PNC site have not yet been determined.

“Professional services is a consideration,” Hider said. “I am a dentist. A second office is a potential (use)…on part of the site…and a restaurant on the other side.”

The planning commission discussed several issues with the site, including the parking lot, which, as currently constructed, does not allow access to an adjacent shopping center where CVS and several other businesses are located.

Commissioners agreed vehicles should be able to move throughout the site, but township planner Patrick Sloan said talks with the shopping center’s owner were not fruitful.

“Our discussions with the shopping center owner to the north and west haven’t produced any willingness to do a cross connection,” Sloan said, adding that zoning ordinances prevent the township from forcing the issue.

Several commissioners noted they hope the shopping center owner will reconsider.

“I would strongly encourage you guys to try and play nice with each other,” Commissioner Doug Weber said. “I would really like to see that corner get redeveloped instead of a vacant building sitting there.”

Retail spaces, restaurant would join shopping plaza

Dabaja Properties’ project would fill out the remaining vacant property in the Crossroads Village shopping plaza, currently occupied by Target and Kohl’s, and other retail businesses.

The proposed north building would be about 7,100 square feet while the south building will be about 6,800 square feet include a drive-thru restaurant.

The developer said tenants have not yet been identified for the retail spaces, but noted he is currently in discussions with Dairy Queen. The plans also include 55 parking spaces and an outdoor dining area between the two buildings.

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