At the request of the applicant, Farmington planning commissioners on Monday delayed review and setting a public hearing for a new Burger King restaurant and drive-through at 31806 Grand River.
But commissioner Ken Chiara asked a question also on the minds of some Farmington Voice Facebook fans: Why build a new BK when an existing Burger King building sits vacant just a few blocks west?
Economic and Community Development Director Kevin Christiansen explained that Burger King was simply a tenant in the now vacant building at 32704 Grand River.
“Owners are not always tenants, and some owners discontinue lease agreements,” he said. “That’s the case with the former Burger King. That’s looking to be repurposed to another restaurant.”
Despite losing its lease, he added, “Burger King likes our community, they like our sub-market, and they don’t want to leave.”
Plans call for demolishing the former Paramount Home Care building at the corner of Grand River and Lakeway and building a one-story, 3,000-square-foot restaurant. The drive-through lane will be located on the west side, with landscaping and masonry wall buffering neighborhoods to the north.
The review of this proposal will come up again during the June 10 Planning Commission meeting.