(Crystal A. Proxmire, Aug. 11, 2013)
The long-vacant property on Woodward just north of W. Cambourne is now quickly being transformed into what will be known as Ferndale Avenue Shoppes. With two single-story buildings, most likely housing four storefronts each, the Shoppes could be open and adding businesses and jobs to the city as early as late fall, according to Ferndale Economic Development Director Derek Delacourt.
The property was formerly the home of Jim Ashmore Rentals, but that business moved to Madison Heights and the facility was demolished in 2005 or 2006. Since then it’s been basically a large slab of busted up concrete with weeds pushing up through the cracks. The project stretches from W. Cambourne to W. Lewiston.
The Shoppes will fit in with the theme of a walkable business community, with a zero setback requirement in the front and plenty of parking in the back. There will be a few spaces available in between the buildings and possibly a few on-street spots. There will be a wall separating the back lot from the neighborhood, and plenty of landscaping requirements to make the new Shoppes look beautiful. Plus there will be a bike rack.
Check back with The Ferndale 115 News for future developments on this new development!
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