No progress on proposed store in village

NORTHVILLE – A few months after a presentation by developers, no progress has been made on a proposed Family Dollar in the village.

After a contentious Planning Board meeting in October, village officials have been waiting to hear back from the potential developer of a Family Dollar on Main Street, where a lot and closed bank currently stand.

Planning Board Chairman Daryll Roosa said after four months, the village has heard nothing from Maple Development Group or Bohler Engineering on an opportunity to discuss changes to their site plan.

“I thought they were going to be back in November or December,” Roosa said.

During the October presentation, Rob Osterhoudt, a project manager with Bohler Engineering, said the plan would include demolishing the building and constructing the store and an access driveway. Osterhoudt said the building would be 80-by-104 feet and include 26 parking spaces and a loading zone. The project would cost about $1.3 million and bring in roughly $100,000 in tax revenue, he said.

Members of the Planning Board had suggestions for the developer, such as bringing the store closer to the street in the hopes of saving the bank, or incorporating the bank into the store’s design.

Osterhoudt said neither would be possible. The store needs an open floor plan and a parking lot wide enough for delivery trucks, he said.

The plan did not have much support from members of the public at the meeting. Many at the meeting questioned why the village needed the store, which sells department store items at discount prices. Some residents expressed anger and concern over what would happen to the village if the store opens.

Roosa said the development company had not really polled the residents of the village to see if they would want the store.

“The word got out on the street and the board couldn’t form an opinion, but the public certainly could,” Roosa said.

Roosa said when the developers move forward with the project, the Planning Board will deal with the proposal during its meetings.

Northville Interim Mayor Debra Ellsworth said she hasn’t heard of any progress on the measure.

Osterhoudt did not return calls for comment.

Officials from Family Dollar declined to comment on the development, saying they did not have a signed lease for any property in the area.