Medical building to rise up on former Big Boy site / by Josh Cykiert

 November 29, 2015

A piece of vacant property on Gratiot Avenue at 14 Mile Road will soon become home to a new medical building if Clinton Township officials approve plans for construction.

The Clinton Township Board of Trustees tonight is expected to approve a site plan submitted by Southfield-based Versa Development for a project at the northeast corner of the intersection.

The property was the longtime home of a Big Boy restaurant, which shut down and was demolished in 2009.

Nicole Jeffries, a project manager for Versa Development, told township planners in October that the company has secured a signed lease to locate a Henry Ford OptimEyes location at the site. OptimEyes will relocate from its nearby store in Roseville, she said.

According to Jeffries, Henry Ford OptimEyes brings ophthalmologists, optometrists and retail all under one roof. A site plan prepared by Atwell Group in Southfield shows the building will be about 20,000 square feet.

Construction may still begin this year, with plans to open in the summer of 2016, Jeffries told the township’s Planning Commission.

Clinton Township officials have long sought to have the 2.86-acre vacant property developed as it is located at the border with Roseville on Gratiot at the town’s gateway to the South Gratiot Corridor and Downtown Development District.

Big Boy Restaurants International of Warren closed the eatery in 2009. At the time, the company was entertaining offers to either purchase the building or rebuild it into a 24-hour facility.

The board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Civic Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road.

By Mitch Hotts, The Macomb Daily