The Traverse City area will be getting a new Hobby Lobby store soon after Garfield Township officials recently approved zoning changes allowing construction of the store to move forward.
According to the Traverse City Ticker:
"Twenty acres of property in Garfield Township are set to be protected permanently from development after planning commissioners approved rezoning the property this week. Meanwhile, three proposed projects – including Hobby Lobby, a new housing complex on Garfield Road and renovations at Hickory Hills – are nearing the final stages of obtaining approval from the township...
After several months of back-and-forth between Buffalo Ridge Center developers and township planning commissioners, a proposal to bring a Hobby Lobby store to Traverse City could finally be nearing approval.
Concerns over a lack of a “coherent vision” for Buffalo Ridge Center – the US-31 shopping complex home to Lucky’s Market and AMC’s Cherry Blossom 14 theater – as well as lighting, sidewalk and parking plans for the development delayed approvals for the new Hobby Lobby store. The 45,000 square-foot store is slated to occupy the majority of the western section of the complex where a vacant strip mall building was recently demolished.
After working through infrastructure plans for the shopping center since last summer, planning commissioners tentatively gave their approval to the Hobby Lobby concept at a recent December 13 meeting.
Final approval is pending a January 24 review of a new master plan application for Buffalo Ridge Center. Lighting for the project still remains an outstanding concern; however, Northwestern Michigan College instructor and lighting expert Jerry Dobek – who was asked to consult on the plan – told the board this week he approved of the latest lighting design. The plan provides more uniform lighting throughout Buffalo Ridge Center, making it safer for shoppers in the development, Dobek said."