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Northville Residents Express Concern About Garage Restaurant

At Monday's city council meeting, resident complaints centered around patrons' vehicles packing residential streets.

The new restaurant Garage Grill & Fuel Bar opened last week in downtown Northville to high fanfare, but some residents are worried that the influx of people to that part of downtown Northville is creating traffic hazards in the residential areas. 

"There are 14 parking spaces for a restaurant that has seating for more than 200 people," said Mary Beth Widak at Northville City Council's meeting Monday.

She said her home's driveway is on High Street where many of the restaurant's patrons have been parking. When vehicles park on both sides of the streets, she said, they become so narrow that only one vehicle can pass at a time.

Widak also said the added traffic is bringing speeding drivers down the residential streets.

"We bought homes in residential areas," she said to city council. "Please don't forget us residents."

Joe Boelter also said the area was becoming a traffic hazard. He said he brought up the possibility of parking problems to city council when the restaurant sought its zoning change. 

"The parking has been packed from 5 o'clock I assume until midnight," Boelter said, which makes it difficult for residents to exit their driveways.

Boelter said the restaurant also promised it would install state-of-the-art odor control equipment. However, he said he has been smelling a strong grease and oil odor emanating from the restaurant. He said he is glad to see the business thriving but thinks these are issues that need to be fixed.

After listening to the residents' comments, Mayor Chris Johnson said, "I'll make sure the DDA and parking committee reexamine all of the issues that have come up."

Julie December 05, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Asking the city to change the parking in the residential area that has been affected by the increased conjestion is not anti-development Creating a safer environment for the young children and teenage drivers who live on the street is prudent and will not harm the Garage's business in anyway.
johnj December 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
This is an inevitable outcome of the city growing. I understand your concern but would also suggest don’t live so close to a downtown if that’s the way you feel. This will get worse for you as more and more businesses come here seeing the great potential we offer. Many of us enjoy this energy and growth – and it is why we moved so close.
Miriam December 05, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Well...that restaurant isn't new.... I've eaten there before, under different name and manager...... Kinda reminds me of where I work. I work at a campground that has been there since 1941! houses got built around it in the 60"s & 70's. I don't know if the family moved, but every single year, we would get a call telling us we needed to quiet down. Granted it was 7:30 pm when the hayrides would go through the camp and the kids would be singing, laughing, having hay fights, enjoying life, but this one lady would call madder than a hornet every single year. She bought the house knowing there was a Youth Camp ground... right beside her.... HELLO!"
revitalize December 05, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Miriam, you may be thinking of Bricks (or NoMi) that is located in Northville Square. The Garage is a new restaurant in town. The building is the former home to Gardenviews. They occupied the building for the previous 15 years.
Aysha Jamali December 05, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Do you think the DDA should reevaluate the property and try to come up with solutions for any parking problems?

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