Cars will once again be sold at the corner of 10 Mile and Haggerty in Novi.
The former Jaguar dealership at 24295 Haggerty will meet with a wrecking ball some time in the future and be replaced with a new, two-story building that will house Audi of Novi.
The plans would bring an auto dealership back to the corner, which has been vacant for several years since the Jaguar dealership moved to nearby Farmington Hills.
“They’re planning on demolishing that and developing the site to build an approximately 12,000-square-foot, two-story car dealership building,” said Christian Carroll, a city planner. “The site’s not really changing in use substantially from the previous use.”
The plans were reviewed during the city’s planning commission meeting May 11 at the Novi Civic Center. Commissioners recommended approval of the plans, which now need the review of the city council before work could begin.
Shane Burley, an architect with Studio Detroit working on the project, said he expected demolition to begin as quickly as it could.
“We’re looking to start as soon as we get the ZBA approval,” he said, referencing some additional variances they want to have for the new building. “We do have a few other items to go through from a site perspective, so we plan to gear up and demolish that building.”
Planning Commissioner Ramesh Verma said he was concerned about all the glass shattering during the demolition. With plenty of bust in the surrounding area, he was worried about it getting off the site and affecting those sites around the former dealership.
“When you do it, the road is only 60 feet wide and the Dunkin’ Donuts and all those (businesses), they are affected,” he said. “Make sure you take all of the precautions please.”
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Burley said the contractor plans to keep all the material on the site when it demolishes the building. He said he expects it will be pushed over; no implosions are expected to take place on the site.
Overall, the commission were in favor of the redevelopment, with all members voting to recommend approval.
“I think it’ll fit nicely in the site,” said Planning Commissioner Michael Lynch.
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