Retail building plans approved

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
Dial Escanaba Mall, owners of the Delta Plaza at 301 N. Lincoln Road in Escanaba, is proposing to build a retail building that would house three businesses on the half-acre lot pictured above on the corner of North Lincoln Road and 3rd Avenue South.

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press Dial Escanaba Mall, owners of the Delta Plaza at 301 N. Lincoln Road in Escanaba, is proposing to build a retail building that would house three businesses on the half-acre lot pictured above on the corner of North Lincoln Road and 3rd Avenue South.

ESCANABA — A site plan to construct a new retail building on the Delta Plaza mall property was unanimously approved by the Escanaba Planning Commission following a public hearing on the project Monday.

Dial Escanaba Mall, owners of the Delta Plaza at 301 N. Lincoln Road in Escanaba, is proposing to build a 5,290-square-foot single-story building that would house three businesses.

The new businesses — undetermined at this time — would be located on a half-acre lot on the corner of North Lincoln Road and 3rd Avenue South. The project is estimated to cost $500,000, according to the land use application submitted to the city.

According to Adam Stein, an architect with Logic Design and Architecture, the building could serve a wide range of tenants, speculating that a coffee shop and a deli could be located there. The site plan does include a drive-through window.

Stein also noted the development of the out-lot property is a part of a grander development of the mall property.

The only public comment received during Monday’s hearing was from Jay Kirby, owner of Sayklly’s Confectionery & Gifts, located directly south of the proposed construction site. He was concerned about three trees in the plan that could block the view of his business.

He also expressed a willingness to work with the developer to enable customers to easily walk to both businesses.

“I just want to be a good neighbor,” added Kirby.

Dan Block, president of Dynamic Designs which applied for the zoning land use permit, said the trees were a requirement of the site plan, but said they could be moved.

In addition to being concerned about the prospective tenants, the commissioners questioned the two project representatives about other plans including parking spaces, curb cuts, utilities, sidewalks, and green space.

The planning commission determined the proposed use of the land was consistent with the surrounding uses in the area and unanimously approved the site plan to construct the retail building in the commercial district.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143, jlancour@dailypress.net

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