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Posted on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 : 2:44 p.m.

State Street Marketplace developer requests 1-year site plan extension

By Lizzy Alfs


A rendering from 2010 shows the multi-tenant portion of State Street Marketplace, as it will look from Ellsworth Road.

Rendering by Bowers + Associates

Developer Howard Frehsee still intends to build a 15,750-square-foot retail center near the State and Ellsworth intersection — two years after he received Pittsfield Township approval for the project.

Frehsee and the project’s architect, Scott Bowers of Bowers + Associates, recently requested a one-year site plan extension for the development.

The reason: the planned roundabout at the adjacent State and Ellsworth intersection.

“The developer does not want the future (State Street Marketplace) tenants to try and endure the construction of the roundabout at State Street and Ellsworth, combined with the current economic climate,” Bowers wrote in the site plan extension application.

According to township documents, Frehsee intends to time the construction of the development with the roundabout construction.

The roundabout, along with several other road improvement projects, is being built to handle the increase in traffic resulting from the new Costco warehouse store. Construction for the roundabout is expected to start in spring 2013 and be completed by the fall.

Frehsee told in June that he intends to move forward with the State Street Marketplace development when the time is right.

He said improving economic factors, combined with the opening of Costco, could have a positive impact on his center.

The project includes a 5,000-square-foot free-standing outlot building. Frehsee said the center would have a sit-down restaurant, carryout food and convenience-oriented retail.

Frehsee received approval from the Pittsfield Township Planning Commission in Oct. 2010 and was granted a one-year site plan extension in Oct. 2011.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Wed, Oct 10, 2012 : 11:52 a.m.

Do the commentators here know something the rest of us don't know? Building a complex of buildings like this is expensive and subject to many risks. The rough economy in the past 3 years is no secret. The road construction and uncertainly around Costco has made the area difficult to navigate. Seems like there is ample justification for the delay.


Wed, Oct 10, 2012 : 11:25 a.m.

Where exactly is this planned to go? Next to the gas station or maybe next to Tim Horton's?


Wed, Oct 10, 2012 : 9:29 p.m.

Across Ellsworth from the Tim Horton's location, south side of the road, east of the Speedway station. I ride past the site everyday on my way home from work. Until last January, a sign announcing the development and promising "Fall 2011 Occupancy" stood on the site. For a brief time this spring, a new sign promised "Early 2013 Occupancy". I'd just started assuming that the official opening date would be the 12th of Never.


Wed, Oct 10, 2012 : 10:30 a.m.

Hogwash. He got one extension already. Did he say the roundabout was an issue then?

Richard Carter

Wed, Oct 10, 2012 : 2:53 p.m.

Did anyone KNOW the roundabout was in issue then? (I am asking this as a truly open question, I have no idea).


Tue, Oct 9, 2012 : 10:46 p.m.

Only if I get to choose the restaurant.


Tue, Oct 9, 2012 : 9:49 p.m.

I'm with "sellers". I buy the part about the roundabout construction. I wouldn't want to open just as the bulldozers show up on the street. But any time beyond that? Nope. Any occupancy date significantly beyond the roundabout construction deadline is cause for rejection.


Tue, Oct 9, 2012 : 8:11 p.m.

Sounds like an excuse. If I were on the board, I would like to see good faith commitment to move forward, and you had better be in good standing with taxes and fees. Also, any extension would be subject to zoning changes and if master planning or annexation occurs during that time the extension would need to be void. Basically - if you want to risk delaying, you risk delaying. It's why things have expirations.