GREENVILLE — As the finishing touches are being placed on the soon-to-open Murphy Oil gas station, plans are in the works to add yet another commercial neighbor on the west end of town.
During Thursday evening’s Greenville Planning Commission meeting, the commission reviewed a site plan for a commercial building that would be located at 10990 W. Carson City Road (M-57), a 1-acre piece of property on the northeast corner of M-57 and Satterlee Roads in front of Walmart and directly west of Murphy Oil.
The proposal comes forth from Mike Brann Jr., owner of the Brann’s Steakhouse & Sports Grille restaurant chain, who hopes the building, designed for four tenants with drive-through service offered for the west and east tenants, will bring four new businesses to town.
“The Greenville community, we really like coming here for the Gus Macker tournament, and I love the (commercial) strip,” Brann said. “Starbucks used to be on the other side of the road, and that’s why this is so important to us, we want it to be convenient.”
If approved, Brann said one business has already signed on as a tenant: Biggby Coffee.
Brann said he and his father, Mike Brann Sr., are also in talks to bring a Culver’s Restaurant to the new commercial building.
“We’re planning, there will probably be a Culver’s in town at some point, but Biggby is 100 percent,” Brann Jr. said.
According to civil engineer Steve Witty of Nederveld Inc., who presented the plan to the Planning Commission, the plan requires a special land-use request as to the unique nature of the design of the 6,020 square-foot commercial building containing two drive-through locations, as well as 62 parking spaces.
Under the current designs, entrances would feature a “full service” drive off of Satterlee and a “right in” only driveway off of M-57, meaning traffic could not exit onto M-57.
Witty said discussions are still ongoing with the Road Commission for Montcalm County and Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to receive approval for both entrances.
In addition to the site plan, two variances involving parking setback and a “green belt” around the property would also need to be approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals, due to the fact that the building is located further north on the property to accommodate a required “clear vision” area at the intersection of Satterlee and M-57.
That situation forces the parking spaces to abut against the north property line, but according to city ordinances, a five-foot “green spaces” is needed at the edge of the property.
Greenville City Manager George Bosanic said in order to approve the variances, proof of hardship must be met, which in this case is demonstrated by the required “clear vision” area mandated by MDOT.
In reviewing the site plan, the commission voted unanimously to schedule a public hearing on Dec. 8 to continue the review, as long as landscaping and elevation plans are submitted in a timely manner.
“It looks like you are well on course,” Planning Commission Chairman David Ralph said. “We appreciate you coming in today to share the plan with us.”