Long-vacant commercial space on Washtenaw Avenue in Ypsilanti to be renovated
An Ypsilanti landlord is hoping to breathe new life into the former Sunshine Grocery on Washtenaw Avenue. The building has sat vacant for around two years.
Site plans to renovate the space at 1510 Washtenaw Ave. were unanimously approved by the Ypsilanti Planning Commission at its June 26 meeting.
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Issa told the planning commission that he plans to parcel the 6,000-square-foot building into four units and is in talks with a proprietor of a Biggby Coffee franchise, though nothing has been confirmed. No other tenants were mentioned at the meeting, and Issa could not be reached for comment.
The property has a taxable value of $224,000 and is zoned B1, neighborhood business, meaning that tenants must cater to the surrounding neighborhood.
"We're excited, we think this is a good project and we're looking forward to seeing improvements to the building and having new tenants in the near future," Gillotti said.
The building was built in 1962 by Richardson’s Pharmacy and an addition nearly doubled its size since then. Prior to Sunshine Grocery, a dollar store operated out of the location.
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