Public hearing Monday for Farmington Burger King plans

The public will have an opportunity during Monday’s Farmington Planning Commission meeting to weigh in on plans to build a Burger King at the site of a former home health care company on Grand River.

And if agenda packet materials are any indication, it’ll be a long evening.

Carrols Corporation, the largest Burger King franchisee in the country, has submitted revised plans for a 3,065-square-foot, one-story restaurant and drive-through in the northwest corner of Grand River and Lakeway. Most of the property is zoned commercial; a drive-through restaurant is allowed with a special land use permit.

Residents spoke against the plan during the commission’s June 10 meeting, but a 30-page document included in the July 8 agenda packet outlines more specific objections.

The fast food restaurant, residents say, does not comply with the C-2 zoning, even as a special land use, or with the city’s Master Plan. Concerns range from noise, lighting, and odor, to traffic flows on Grand River. Exhibits include maps and photos of the area, along with comparisons to existing Burger King restaurants in other cities.

As an example, resident charted daily vehicle flow, which they say “would be greater than the total flow of all the combined businesses that are currently in the vicinity of 31806 Grand River Ave.”

Also on the Commission’s agenda:

  • a request to change zoning for a property on Hawthorne (Nine Mile and Grand River) from single family to multi-family residential, and
  • the addition of a drive-through lane to the Panera restaurant at 34635 Grand River.

Commissioners are expected to set August 12 public hearings for both proposals.

You can view the agenda and all supporting materials, along with video from the Commission’s June 10 meeting, at farmgov.com/City-Services/Government/Agendas-and-Minutes/Planning/2019.aspx