The long-awaited renovation of Clinton Township’s Parkway Plaza is again on hold due to issues the landlord is having with a potential tenant.
Doraid Markus Parkway Plaza Partners LLC had asked the township’s planning commission to review the mall’s rezoning application and a planned unit development proposal.
But last week the center informed the planning department that it was asking the commission to table the item indefinitely due to concerns about a possible tenant.
“We’re going to have to file that application at this time,” Eric Williams of Detroit’s Stonefield Engineering & Design said in a letter to the planning department. “We are working with the potential tenant on some adjustments.”
Williams did not specify which adjustments he was referring to.
Stonefield represents Doriad Markus, according to township records. Neither responded to phone calls and emails Tuesday seeking comment.
The company was requesting that the place be rezoned from B-3 (general business) and I-1 (light industrial) to a planned unit development.
Planning director Bruce Thompson said the firm was working with the planning department on a mixed-use development, creating exit buildings for the square and working to make the center more pedestrian-friendly.
“It’s time to step back and clear, so to speak,” Thompson said Tuesday. “We are ready to be flexible with them. They had a few tenants lined up, but everything in this post-Covid world seems to have changed.
A previous owner had planned to redevelop the dilapidated mall on Groesbeck Highway north of Metropolitan Parkway into a facility with a new fitness center, retail outlets and a marijuana dispensary.
But in the face of criticism from educators, spiritual leaders and others, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees voted twice to withdraw or ban recreational marijuana establishments in the community.
As a result, a petition campaign designed to trigger a ballot proposal was launched which, if approved, would allow production and retail. In March 2020, voters rejected a plan supporting the opening of marijuana facilities in the township following a controversial campaign.
One of those pushing for the pro-pot passage was developer James George, whose company owned Parkway Plaza. Had the pot proposal passed, George was prepared to invest millions of dollars to revive the 13-acre, 151,000-square-foot plaza.
George has since apparently sold the property.
It is unclear who the real owner is now. Clinton Township assessment records show that a company called Parkway Mall LLC of Birmingham pays the taxes on the property.
An online search of Michigan companies turns up no trace of Doraid Markus LLC.
The only remaining tenant at Parkway Plaza is a Dollar Tree store.