Council approves expanded social district
Posted on 10/06/2022
City Hall

City Council recap of Oct. 3 meeting

City Council voted to approve an expanded social district and also provide letters of support to six restaurants/bars that require a special liquor license to sell alcoholic beverages that can be consumed in the social district.

If approved by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, the expanded social district would extend west along Main Street to the Garage Grill and Fuel Bar, south of Main on the east side of Wing Street to Cady, east on Cady to Center, and north from Cady to Main – essentially enclosing the block that contains Northville Square and MainCentre.

Council revised the map presented by DDA Director Lori Ward, which initially showed the social district extending along Wing St. past the Garage restaurant/bar to Dunlap, and including the northwest corner of Dunlap and Center, home to the American Legion Hall, a tax-exempt organization. Council struck those sections of the proposed expansion, heeding concerns of Northville residents who spoke against having the social district right next to neighborhoods.

Restaurants/bars eligible to apply for an additional liquor license as part of an expanded social district include the Garage, Lava Grille of Northville, Northville Sports Den, Tirami Su, Great White Buffalo Brewing Co. and Fraternal Order of Eagles.

The motion allows drinks in cups featuring “The Twist” logo, purchased from participating businesses, to be consumed on the sidewalks along those newly added streets as well as in the original social district. No additional street closures were included in the motion.

Many citizens commented about the expansion of the social district, with many objecting to having it so close to neighborhoods on Wing and N. Center.

Public comment (non-agenda item)
Lenore Lewandowski, 119 Randolph, asked that comments she made at the Sept. 19 City Council meeting be changed for accuracy – stating that first-time homebuyers and single-income households can’t afford $525,000 homes.

Nancy Chirri, 661 W. Main, said some of her comments made at the Sept. 19 City Council meeting were not stated correctly and sent a copy of what she said to City Hall to be distributed to council.

Item 9B was added to the agenda – The Sept. 19 minutes were pulled from the consent agenda to make corrections to Lewandowski’s comment (see public comment above) and Chirri’s comments at their request. Chirri’s revision stated that height variances are typically resolved at the preliminary site plan review and are at the core of the design process. Council accepted the minutes as amended.

Council communications

Council members mentioned upcoming meetings (BZA, Housing Commission, River Restoration Task Force) and two events: Skeletons are Alive and Main Street League Witches Ride. Mayor Brian Turnbull thanked volunteers who helped cut down invasive species at the two-acre park near the water wheel. Council Member Andrew Krenz thanked the Amerman playground group, which raised money during their fall sale.

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