Detroit bankruptcy case blocking new Meijer store plans

Company must sue city to change zoning for new store

Published On: Sep 07 2013 06:05:41 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 07 2013 06:42:27 PM EDT

Meijer wants to build a second new store in the city of Detroit, but the city's bankruptcy case is blocking progress on that project.

Meijer recently opened a new superstore in Detroit, at Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, on the site of the old Michigan State Fairgrounds.

It plans to bring a second store to the city's northwest side, at the site of the old Redford High School, at West McNichols Road and Grand River Avenue.

However, private use restrictions limit the site's use to residential purposes.

Meijer argues those restrictions are inconsistent with the current zoning of several lots as a retail district. The area was rezoned in 2011.

Meijer is asking U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes to lift the automatic stay on lawsuits against the city, due to the bankruptcy filing.

The only way Meijer can change the restrictions and start building is to sue the city, but that is currently prohibited by the bankruptcy judge.

Many people living in the area of the proposed store want to see the restriction lifted, so they will have new shopping options in their neighborhood.

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