After gaining approval from the Plymouth Historic District Commission last month, the only thing standing in the way of a new three-story restaurant and retail building on the corner of Main Street and Ann Arbor Trail is this week's Planning Commission meeting.
Ed Dombrowski, who owns the property on the southeast corner of Main Street and Ann Arbor Trail, is already advertising space available for retail and restaurants between 500 and 7,000 square feet.
A sign depicting the future structure was put up in front of the property on Jan. 4, just a day before bulldozers began demolishing the existing structure, a long-vacant gas station.
The building Dombrowski is proposing be built on the site is a three-story structure with a food court on the partially sunken first floor, two restaurants or retailers on the second floor and a restaurant with rooftop dining on the third floor.
Dombrowski went before the Planning Commission last month, along with business partner Omar Hamdan and architect Ali Raichouni.
The commission listed several problems they had with the plans, the biggest ones being parking, the partially underground first level and trash collection.
The city requires buildings with so much "usable area" to provide a certain number of off-street parking spaces. According to the formula, this building would require 17.
He estimated that a structure like the one proposed would require 87 parking spaces for employees alone, and that Plymouth does not currently have that kind of parking available.
"There aren't 87 parking spaces in inventory in the Plymouth area, except behind the Penn Theatre. And then the Penn would have no parking for itself," Falcusan said. "I don't think we want to see this happen in the Plymouth area."
Dombrowski is confident that the changes the team has made to the plans will satisfy the Planning Commission and that the plan will be approved.
He said if it does get approved, they plan to start construction in the spring or as soon as the weather permits.