July 01, 2009 IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City Planning Commission approved a site plan last Tuesday for reconstruction at the burned-out Bugsy's Bar & Grill location at 145 E. Capac Rd.
The decision was contingent on the Zoning Board of Appeals' approval of variances at the property, which was granted the next day.
The popular eatery and drinking establishment was destroyed in a fire last July 5, which caused an estimated $400,000 in damage.
Building owner Lewis Dabish is planning to construct a new 2,985-square-foot facility at the site. The process had been delayed due to a lengthy cleanup process.
To accommodate Dabish's site plan, variances had be be granted by the ZBA pertaining to the number of parking spaces, elimination of a parking setback, creation of a larger greenbelt and finding an alternative for a proposed loading space that would front Capac Road (M-21).
The first three variances (sufficient parking spaces, setback allowance and green belt) were approved without conditions.
The fourth variance regarding a proposed loading space came with three conditions.
They include: (1) the loading area must be screened; (2) the gates to the waste receptacle must be closed at all times; and (3) no materials are to be stored or deposited in the loading space.
In another matter, planners approved a site plan for construction at Hydraulic Tubes, which is located at 352 Industrial Park Drive in the city's industrial park.
The planning commission tabled discussion about the creation of a specific zoning designation for the Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds, pending feedback from the Fair Board's attorney.