Move is part of Fort Street corridor rejuvenation
By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspaper
SOUTHGATE – The City Council, in concurrence with the planning commission, approved rezoning for a 1-acre section at 16600 Fort St. to allow Michigan Vehicle Solutions to develop a car wash facility.
MVS retrofits vehicles at the location, which is currently conditionally zoned M-1 Light Industrial to allow for its operations. The business is seeking C-2 General Business zoning at the site of the former used car sales office, where it hopes to develop the new car wash facility.
The planning commission approved the rezoning at its Jan. 11 meeting.
At the City Council’s Jan. 20 meeting, it waived the first reading, conducted a second reading for the proposed change, then voted to approve the request.
Mayor Joseph Kuspa said the rezoning is in keeping with the benefits the city is realizing from the Fort Street corridor rejuvenation, which includes the new, expansive Kroger.
“We are starting to see the benefits of that redevelopment,” Kuspa said. “Other businesses want to relocate in our commercial corridor, Fort Street, so it is very rewarding to see, and we welcome those that are part of that redevelopment, as well.”
City Manager Dustin Lent said the rezoning is reverting back to what it originally was, C-2 General Business.
“Any time that we are able to facilitate investment in our community, it will help the process, because, obviously, they have a tentative purchase agreement that they cannot move on until the rezoning is completed,” he said.