Mixed-use development, $3.2 million streetscape planned for Hazel Park
A mixed-use apartment building with 33 units and 14,000 square feet of retail is planned for the site of a long vacant CVS store on John R. Road — the city’s main drag. In the coming weeks, crews will begin overhauling John R., slimming it from four lanes to three, widening sidewalks and adding parking and bike lanes from Eight Mile Road to the Chrysler Service Drive. Nine Mile Road from Dequindre Road to the Ferndale border at West End Street is also targeted for a road diet and repairs. The idea is to create pedestrian-friendly infrastructure as a foundation for new development.
“That is what we’re hoping to be the re-emergence of a downtown in Hazel Park,” Jeff Campbell, community development director for the city, told Crain’s.
“It is extremely exciting,” Campbell said. “The developers want to work with us to attract unique, destination businesses in Hazel Park.”
The apartment building would be kitty-corner to popular restaurants Mabel Gray and Latido at joebar. The old CVS building, which closed around 15 years ago, would be demolished. Woodward Detroit CVS sold the property to Lang in January 2018 for $750,000, according to property records.
Lang declined to comment on the new development.
The architect for the project is Ron & Roman LLC, based in Birmingham. Canton-based Cadillac Asphalt won the bid for John R. road work, expected to be complete before the end of the year. Work on Nine Mile is expected to be complete this season, but might get pushed until 2020, Campbell said. The road construction is being funded by a $939,000 federal grant and road bonds issued by the city.
Ed Klobucher, city manager for Hazel Park, said the new development and streetscape will “make the whole area pop” and hopefully lure millennials.
Posted By: Crain’s Detroit Business on May 14, 2019. For more information, please click here to read the source article.
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