Royal Oak to Bordine Nursery: Thanks, but No Thanks
In the Department of What Are They Thinking?, Royal Oak’s Zoning Board of Appeals denied Bordine Nursery’s application to allow it to hold a three month sale at 4850 Coolidge, like it did in 2008. Jeremy Carroll, writing in today’s Royal Oak Review, reports that Bordine Nursery is now planning on filing a lawsuit against Royal Oak over the issue.
In the meantime, instead of opening a business — even a temporary one — in Royal Oak, Bordine’s might hold their seasonal sale in Clawson instead.
The reason we selected Royal Oak is because we get hundreds of e-mails every year from citizens of Royal Oak that say, ‘Please bring your products closer to us.'” –Corey Bordine, owner of Bordine Nursery
Royal Oak’s Zoning Board doesn’t agree. More on this controversy, after the jump . . .
So, why did the Zoning Board of Appeals deny the temporary sale? It’s unclear. A year ago the same board approved the same temporary sale. And with a large number of vacant storefronts and dwindling tax revenues, you would think that Royal Oak would do whatever it could to attract business within the city limits. Like Royal Oak’s questionable approach to parking, its method of attracting businesses — even temporary ones — is mystifying.
Clawson, on the other hand, is more than happy to have Bordine’s set up at a temporary location. The Clawson Board of Appeals voted unanimously in favor of allowing the company to set up its Bordine Express sale on 14 mile road.
I have a vacant lot right now, and if we can replace it with an active business, that’s great. -Clawson City Manager Richard Haberman
Seems like common sense, right? Or am I missing something?
More from Versagi Voice, where it appears that this issue has inspired a local politician to run for city commission.