A 26,136-square-foot auto repair shop is coming to Lyon, MI, pending special land use approval by the township board.
The planning commission unanimously approved a site plan for Feldman Auto Body at its Monday meeting. The project will move forward if the township board approves the special land use the commission recommends for the facility, which would be located on a 10.6-acre vacant parcel on the north side of Interstate 96 and Pontiac Trail, east of S. Milford Road.
Commissioner Jim Chuck said a presentation on the Feldman proposal during a March public hearing was “one of the worst” he had seen, but added that on Monday, all his questions had been answered.
“You are Michigan’s number one Chevy dealer,” he said. “It needs to look nice, and I think you guys answered the bell.”
Feldman Automotive had proposed paying into a sidewalk fund rather than establishing a sidewalk on the property’s frontage that would have no adjacent property connections.
Commissioner Patricia Carcone noted at the meeting that while it was essentially “a sidewalk to nowhere,” she preferred it be put in any way with an eye on the future and possible restaurants established in the area near a trailhead.
Planning Chair Mike Conflitti wondered if the 304 parking spaces allotted for the site would be sufficient, suggesting it was more likely the shop would need space for more than 400 vehicles.
Under the company’s proposal, vehicles can’t be stored for more than two days at a time, and will be inspected within 24-48 hours of arrival and removed within seven days from the parking lot.
Gary Letkemann, representing Feldman Chevrolet, said cars would be dropped off and prepped from Feldman’s New Hudson store, as well as from other stores.
“Cars will be moved in and out,” he said. “The parking situation at all of our stores is at critical mass and this will be good relief. Our goal is to sell, and the inventory terms are pretty good.”
To address potential traffic issues, Feldman has worked with the Road Commission for Oakland County and will extend a center left turn lane for the frontage on Pontiac Trail.