[T]here will not be a Kroger on Main Street in Royal Oak.Whole Foods has other plans that don't involve Royal Oak, but Plan B has materialized.
Time for plan B. I wonder if Whole Foods is interested in buying a $3.5 million dollar property and complying with Royal Oak's master plan?
A real estate brokerage representing Fresard Investments LP is shopping plans for an eight-story hotel in Royal Oak to the city's Downtown Development Authority to gauge its interest in the project.Here's what it looks like.
Southfield-based CBRE Group Inc. is working with Fresard on plans for the site. Preliminary plans, submitted to the DDA to provide context for a discussion at its Wednesday meeting, call for redevelopment of the former Jim Fresard Pontiac-Buick-GMC auto dealership at 400 N. Main St.
Plans also include a banquet facility and five-story mixed-use development with apartments and retail.
Looks to me like the design has "storefront continuity," which the Kroger didn't have, but the Planning Commission will decide that. As for whether this is an improvement, I'd say yes. I'm sure there will be more traffic in the evening, but I like the idea of making this mixed use. I promise to keep you all posted about developments of this story as I find them out.