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Posted on Mon, May 27, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

Concerns over entrance delay new Burger King

By Tom Perkins

Plans for a new Burger King on East Michigan Avenue have been delayed by at least several months.

The Ypsilanti Township Planning Commission removed approval of the site plans from the agenda of its May 20 meeting.

Township Planning coordinator Joe Lawson said the new building was to be built by franchisee Bravokilo on a lot adjacent to a new Taco Bell at 1085 E. Michigan Ave. Bravokilo purchased the lot from Sundance, the company that owns the Taco Bell.

Because Michigan Avenue is a trunk line, the Michigan Department of Transportation must approve business’s curb cuts. When the lot was vacant, MDOT asked Sundance to fill in a curb cut with the verbal agreement that the cut could be reopened when the property was purchased, Lawson said.

But Bravokilo learned from MDOT on Monday that the curb cut - or entrance drive - for their drive thru was too close to the Taco Bell’s driveway, and the plans would have to be revisited. Lawson said curb cuts along a busy road like Michigan Avenue usually have to be at least 300 feet apart.


Plans to build a new Burger King on a vacant lot on East Michigan Avenue have been temporarily delayed.

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He said he doubted the site plans would be back on the Planning Commission's agenda for its June meeting.

Bravokilo will invest $1 million to build the 3,446-square foot building. The Indiana-based company owns around 120 Burger Kings nationwide, as well as a variety of casual dining restaurants like Chili’s and Papa Vino’s.

It owns a Burger King at 823 E. Michigan Ave. less than a half mile from the new site. Lawson said Bravokilo leases that building from the Burger King corporation, though it will own its new building.

Burger King typically tries to lease its vacated properties for up to a year and demolishes the buildings if they remain unoccupied, Lawson said, though he added that he hasn’t heard any definite plans from the corporation.

Staff was recommending that the planning commission approve the project. Ypsilanti Township has made the East Michigan Avenue corridor a focus for redevelopment, and Lawson said the new building is another sign of success.

“Even though it’s a new restaurant but just on a different parcel along Michigan Avenue, they’re staying within the corridor and township, and it’s my hope they’re seeing the benefit of what we’re doing there,” he said.

Township planning officials asked that the number of parking spaces be reduced by 10 to reduce the amount of impervious surface. A memo written by a planning official said the recently built Taco Bell next door has a larger parking lot that has proved unnecessary and created extra stormwater.

Bravokilo proposed building a new Burger King on the city of Ypsilanti’s Water Street property in 2010, but city council members rejected the proposal on the grounds that it wasn’t consistent with their development vision for the property adjacent to downtown.

Tom Perkins is a freelance reporter for Contact the news desk at



Wed, May 29, 2013 : 6:37 p.m.

There's nothing going on in that part of Ypsilanti -- or any other part for that matter. What's the big deal? Just stick a grill and a flow hood inside the SESI building and be done with it.


Mon, May 27, 2013 : 10:42 p.m.

great minds just ne4ed to meet and come up with a solution

dading dont delete me bro

Mon, May 27, 2013 : 7:31 p.m.

why not relocate to water street? oh...


Thu, May 30, 2013 : 2:27 p.m.

They tried that city council shot it down , that is future NASA SPACE, at their cost $$$$$, they have to sell to the government !!!


Mon, May 27, 2013 : 4:03 p.m.

Nice to see Ypsi putting alot more thought into building a Burger King in a rundown section of town than Ann Arbor's city council seems to put into building any old high rise that asks...


Mon, May 27, 2013 : 1:22 p.m.

They could do what they have already on Michigan Ave by Canton Center. Joining the restaurants together with a drive behind it to access the restaurants and two driveways to exit. Otherwise, leave the BK the way it is.

Homeland Conspiracy

Mon, May 27, 2013 : 3:13 p.m.

That would be to EZ


Mon, May 27, 2013 : 1:02 p.m.

More growth love it as I believe the current BK is located in the city of HIGH TAXES.


Thu, May 30, 2013 : 2:25 p.m.

So we have another abandon building in the township that's PROGRESS!


Mon, May 27, 2013 : 1:11 p.m.

@Jon: The current BK is in the Twp, one street to the west is the cut off line between the City and the Twp along E. Mich.


Mon, May 27, 2013 : 1 p.m.

"...the number of parking spaces be reduced by 10 to reduce the amount of impervious surface." Why doesn't the township require the use of permeable pavement in projects like this to improve stormwater drainage?