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Visions for Vacancies: What Do You Want to Replace Former Car Dealership?

Patch asks readers to share their hopes for vacancies in Chesterfield and New Baltimore.

You've passed them frequently. You remembered when they were hustling retail centers. Perhaps, you shopped at them and wished something else would take their places.

In our weekly Visions for Vacancies feature, readers become pseudo city planners by offering an opportunity to share dreams for empty storefronts.

Our highlighted vacancy is the former Michael Chevrolet Dealership on 23 Mile near Interstate 94 in Chesterfield Township.

So, Patch is asking our readers--many of whom live, work and shop in this community: What would you like to see there?

Share your ideas with us in the comments section below.

See more Visions for Vacancies here.

Jan Uglis September 24, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Denise...I totally agree with you. As Township Clerk, I have directed the Planning and Zoning Department to look into numerous truck stop companies such as Pilot and Flying J. There is a beautiful stop in Walcott, Iowa called the Iowa 80 and what is nice about it is that it also houses a museum. I have been talking about this for a couple of years....as a matter of fact ever since my son-in-law brought it up. He is a cross-country driver and stated that there were no truckstops along I-94 for truckers to rest and clean up. I thought the Chevy Dealership was a perfect location because it was close to the interstate on and off ramps and not in the backyard of residential districts.
Jan Uglis September 24, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I do not believe this spot would be the best site for a Trader Joe's or another produce store, but the old Kmart store and the old Farmer Jack store would have been best suited for this type of business, unfortunately the Farmer Jack store will be renovated and Dunham Sports is going to move in.
Jan Uglis September 24, 2012 at 06:42 PM
You are correct, both have been approached, but Randazzo's stated that if they had not built the store on Hayes (I believe that is the location) they may have given thought to Chesterfield. My understanding is Nino's is definitely not interested in Chesterfield.
Jan Uglis September 24, 2012 at 06:45 PM
The township is looking at contacting Cosco for the the area located next to the Allstate office on 23 Mile Road (Walmart was interested in this property, but changed their mind). The Clerk and Planning/Zoning will be contacting Cosco in the near future. We definitely need a big box store in that area.
Louise October 15, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Costco for sure would be great.

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