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Former Chi-Chi’s site to become an Aldi after being vacant for a decade

Maybe now people can stop calling it “the Chi-Chi’s site” and start calling it “the Aldi’s site.”

After more than a decade of vacancy, the northeast corner of Schoolcraft and Middlebelt roads in Livonia will finally see development after a site plan for the lot was approved by the city council.

The council voted 5-0 during its meeting April 9 to approve the plan, which will include an Aldi grocery store and a multitenant retail building on the place where Chi-Chi’s once stood. Councilwoman Cathy White and Council Vice President Jim Jolly were absent.

Approving the site plan came with some modifications to the multitenant building that would be located on the west side of the lot, near Middlebelt.

Thomas Guastello, owner of the property, said some changes made include adding a brick facade on corners that would wrap around.

“It should be very attractive,” he said. “We want to work with your esteemed planning director and get it done and get it open for the people of Livonia.”

The site has long been a major discussion point among residents when it comes to redevelopment in the city. Chi-Chi’s closed in 2004 and its building was razed. It’s remained vacant ever since, something that caught the eyes of residents, especially as commercial development popped up all over the Middlebelt corridor.


Posted By: Detroit Free Press on April 13, 2018.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

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