Part of Ann Arbor area wedding hall must be demolished, township orders
Green Oak Township plans to demolish parts of a wedding hall that were built without permits or were deemed to be dangerous, unless the owner secures enough financing to perform the job himself, according to a report by the Livingston Daily Press & Argus.
Barnstormer Entertainment Complex won a 60-day extension to find financing after the owner, Rob Cortis, said Italian restaurant chain Andiamo had expressed interest in opening a location on the building's first floor, the Press & Argus reported.
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Weeks later, several couples told AnnArbor.com that they had not been informed of the capacity reduction until shortly before their ceremonies were scheduled to occur. Others said they could not secure refunds after Barnstormer failed to meet its obligations.
Inspectors hired by the township delivered a 74-page report detailing numerous code violations and accusing Barnstormer of repeatedly flouting permitting requirements and various state regulations.
The banquet facilities at the 25,000-square-foot building on Nine Mile Road are dangerous and cannot be occupied until extensive renovations are completed, the inspectors said.
The closure of Barnstormer’s banquet hall reduced the business’ indoor capacity from 2,000 to 180. The wedding destination was holding 12 wedding-related events a month at the time.