Briarwood Restaurant Proposals Postponed

Following the advice of planning staff, Ann Arbor planning commissioners postponed action on a site plan and rezoning for two restaurants at Briarwood Mall. The project was considered at the commission’s Oct. 15, 2013 meeting.

Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor planning commission, The Ann Arbor Chronicle

Aerial view of Briarwood Mall. The cross-hatched section indicates the Macy’s parcel, where two new restaurants are proposed.

The proposal calls for building two new freestanding restaurants – one at 6,470 square feet, the other at 7,068 square feet – on the east side of the Macy’s building at Briarwood Mall, 700 Briarwood Circle. The restaurants would be two chains: P.F. Chang’s and Bravo! Cucina Italiana.

The parking lot north and east of the new restaurants would be reconfigured, reducing the total amount of parking by 108 spaces. The estimated cost of the project is $1,577,094.

A portion of the parking lot would need to be rezoned from P (parking) to C2B (business service. The site is located in Ward 4.

The city’s planning staff recommended postponement in order to allow the developer to deal with some outstanding issues related to zoning, landscaping, easements and utilities.

This brief was filed from the second-floor council chambers at city hall, where the planning commission holds its meetings. A more detailed report will follow: [link]