Restaurant, entertainment venue proposed for eastern Livonia denied

A proposed entertainment venue and restaurant at a major gateway to Wayne County has some space issues causing Livonia leaders concern.

The proposal, which includes space for a restaurant and stage for performances such as music and comedy acts, would have seen the middle of the building at 27494 Grand River transform and see new life in a place that’s been largely vacant for years. It would also have an outdoor dining patio.

But the Livonia Planning Commission had two thoughts on the proposal, including issues with how much parking was available for the proposed capacity.

The plan is deficient of several dozen parking spaces per the city’s ordinance, said Mark Taormina, the city’s planning and economic development director.

Southfield resident Johnny Adams brought the concept to the city’s planning commission during its regular meeting April 12 at Livonia City Hall. He said he’s spoken to several businesses in the area to try and reach an agreement to find additional parking to support the venue at the corner of Inkster and Eight Mile roads where Livonia, Redford Township, Farmington Hills and Southfield meet.

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