Ann Arbor Planning Commission will consider new Belle Tire store, Honda lab expansion this week
Lizzy Alfs | AnnArbor.com
The Michigan-based company wants to construct a 9,735-square-foot, one-story auto service building at 590 W. Ellsworth Road, just east of State Street and adjacent to the new Tim Hortons coffee shop.
First Martin Corporation owns the 0.84-acre site, which was once occupied by the former Enzo’s Sports Bar. Belle Tire is under contract to purchase the property from First Martin. According to Belle Tire’s plans, the estimated cost of building construction is $1.1 million.
Belle Tire and Tim Hortons would share an existing access way off Ellsworth Road and a new public sidewalk is proposed along the frontage of the site. Plans call for 47 parking spaces.
Belle Tire operates more than 80 stores in southeast Michigan and Ohio, including locations on Jackson Road, Carpenter Road and Washtenaw Avenue.
Also on the Planning Commission’s agenda this week is a proposal to construct a two-story, 24,116-square-foot addition to the Honda Emissions Lab, located on Research Park Drive just south of I-94.
Ben Freed | AnnArbor.com
Constructed in 1975, the existing two-story, 19,000-square-foot lab sits on 2.72 acres. The planned expansion will house a new chassis dynamometer — which measures the amount of power or torque generated by a machine — as well as storage space for test vehicles and other support equipment.
Plans call for constructing an underground stormwater detention facility on the southwest portion of the site.
The lab on Research Park Drive is one of 43 major facilities Honda operates in the United States. Honda’s only other emission’s testing facility in America is located in Denver, Colo.
Ann Arbor planning staff is recommending approval of both requests.