Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Royal Oak City Hall.
Two items placed on hold in April are back on the Royal Oak Planning Commission's agenda tonight at its 7:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall. The developer of the proposed Normandy Shoppes asked for more time in April to flesh out plans for a 14,000-square feet shopping center next to Royal Oak High School at the corner of Crooks and Normandy Tim Thwing, director of planning, confirmed last month that the developer spoke to the school district and then requested more time. The panel also put Phantom Fireworks on hold. Alan Co. petitioned to place a temporary tent and storage container for fireworks sales at Ray & Sons Auto Repair for 10 days (June 27-July 6). Planning commissioners requested representatives of Ray & Sons return this month to …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The city's Planning Commission wants developer to talk to school district about proposed shopping center near Royal Oak High School.
The Planning Commission tackled several agenda items at its 7:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday. The Royal Oak Planning Commission approved a project that includes plans to develop a 5-story mixed-use building with retail sales and multiple-family dwelling units. The project proposed for 855 S. Main St., between Fifth Third Bank and Haberman Fabrics, aims to transform an empty lot into 5,500 square feet of ground-level retail space and 48 upper-level one- and two-room dwelling units between 860 and 1,200 square feet each. Commissioner Jim Rasor praised the project's architect for infilling the vacant lot in a "great way." Planning commissioners asked the developer of the Normandy Shoppes project to come back in a month. Commissioners want A.F. Jonna…
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Royal Oak City Hall.
The Royal Oak Planning Commission will tackle a busy agenda at its meeting 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The commission will review applications from:
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
After nearly two hours of presentations, public comment and discussion, the Royal Oak Planning Commission approves the basic concept for a hotel, apartment and office building development on the former Jim Fresard auto dealership site.
Tuesday's Planning Commission meeting left all petitioners pleased. Generating the most anticipation and discussion during the meeting was a proposed hotel complex at 400 N. Main St., which has sat unused since the Jim Fresard auto dealership moved to Ferndale in 2008. Commissioners approved the basic plan and concept for the development of an 8-story hotel, an 8-story apartment building, a pair of office buildings and a 4-level off-street parking deck subject to a list of recommendations on landscaping, screening and site access, both vehicular and pedestrian. Commissioners also requested a parking analysis be commissioned and that, should the development go forward in phases, the proposed 114-room hotel shall be the first component …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Royal Music building has new owners with fast plans.
When addressing the Royal Oak Planning Commission on Tuesday, architect Brian Howard, of HF Architecture, made one thing clear about new plans for the Royal Music building at 512 N. Main Street. "FYI, the purple is going," Howard said. The new owner of the 7,897-square-foot building is John Wangler, a former Shrine High School and University of Michigan football star. He plans to convert the music store into retail sales, offices and multiple-family dwelling units. Planning commissioners gave their approval to the site plan at their Tuesday meeting. Wangler will use part of the of the building to sell Reebok and Addias apparel and footwear. He'll also run Top Cat Sales, a separate division that provides products such as custom team …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
New language in the city's Master Plan is intended to make it safer and more convenient to walk, bike and use transit around town.
The City Commission on Monday moved to make Royal Oak a safer city in which walking and biking are incorporated into the city's transportation plans. Commissioners approved the Planning Commission’s recommendation to amend Royal Oak’s Master Plan to incorporate three new sections: the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, the Woodward Avenue Transit-Oriented Development Corridor Study and the Rochester Road Access Management Plan. Mayor Jim Ellison, who is also a member of the Planning Commission, said the goal is to incorporate three elements: a walkable community aspect, a transient-oriented aspect and Rochester Road access. “We have separate studies on all three of those items and we incorporated the vast majority of language in those,” …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Royal Oak Planning Commission worries about adding to police challenges in busy Fifth Street bars area.
On the same day the Red Fox English Pub opened a rooftop deck on Main Street, the Royal Oak Planning Commission voted to deny a rooftop deck for O’Toole’s on Fifth Street. O’Toole’s went before planning commissioners hoping to enclose its current outdoor patio and add a 2,800-square-foot rooftop deck above it that would seat 146 patrons. The deck would include a covered area and a bar. “We just want to keep up with the competition,” said Keith Wadle, O’Toole’s owner. Wadle said the proposed addition would be exciting for O’Toole’s, which has been in business for 10 years. Members of the planning commission said they were worried that adding more seats on busy Fifth Street – an area that is home to several bars and where residents complain…
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The Royal Oak board meets tonight to discuss an expansion for the Washington Avenue eatery and converting a former bank on Main Street into a Jolly Pumpkin restaurant and distillery.
The Royal Oak Planning Commission is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. today at City Hall. Public hearings on tonight's agenda include:
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The infamous former auto parts store on Main Street in Royal Oak gets a facelift.
Whether you think of Shorty's Auto Parts on Main Street as unique – or an eyesore – doesn't matter. The one-time destination for teenagers with clunkers is getting a makeover. Brandon Becker, the owner of 1603-1609 N. Main St., received unanimous support from neighbors and the Royal Oak Planning Commission last September to construct a second-story addition and convert the former auto parts building into retail and professional offices. “I never thought I’d be having this conversation,” said Tom Hallock, chairman of the planning commission. “Shorty’s was the local nightmare.” “How deep did you have to dig in the yard to get the auto parts out?” joked Mayor Jim Ellision, also a member of the planning commission. Becker conceded last fall he…
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The goal of the plan is to make Royal Oak a pedestrian-friendly environment. Other agenda items include Art Van expansion and home building plans.
The Royal Oak Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed non-motorized transporation plan today at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. The commissioners passed a resolution to review a non-motorized transportation plan prepared by the Active Transportation Alliance of Chicago in September. The goal of the plan is to make Royal Oak a pedestrian-friendly environment. It includes recommendations for alternative transportation routes and amenities for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users. You can view the plan on the city website. Any individual or group interested is invited to present their view at the public hearing. For those unable to attend, written comments regarding the plan can be mailed to the City of Royal Oak Planning…