June 03, 2009 IMLAY CITY — The owner of Bugsy's Bar & Grill has presented a site plan for new construction at the burned-out property at 145 E. Capac Rd. (old M-21).
The popular eatery and drinking establishment was destroyed during an early-morning blaze last July.
City Manager Amy Planck said Bugsy's owner Lewis Dabish presented a plan last Tuesday for a new 2,985-square-foot facility.
After reviewing the plan, city planning commissioners requested that Dabish resubmit a revised plan at their June 23 meeting before enabling him to proceed.
Planck said Dabish will need variances to comply with certain city ordinances; including providing for a minimum of 50 parking spaces, elimination of parking in a setback, the creation of a larger greenbelt in front of the building and an alternative to a proposed loading space that would face Capac Rd.
According to Planck, if Dabish receives site plan approval on June 23 and zoning variances from the ZBA on June 25, he will be on the fast track for reconstruction.
"We assume that timing is of the essence," said Planck. "If he (Dabish) comes back with the revised (site) plan on June 23 and then gets approval from the ZBA two days later, he won't lose any time during this construction season."
In another matter, the planning commission approved a request from residents Greg and Tricia Dennis to have their home at 185 Main Street, rezoned from Zoned Office (OSI) to Two-Family Residential (R-T).
Planck said the couple wants to build a garage on the property and would have been subject to more stringent setback requirements under the former zoning status.
She added that the Dennis's have a work-related office in the home, but do not have a lot of business traffic.