Plymouth Road Plaza Opens
"It seemed like a no-brainer to do a project that was infill, as opposed to greenfield," explains Jack Edelstein, one of three owners of Plymouth Road Plaza.
Infill projects, which take advantage of existing infrastructure like roads and sewers, are the style du jour in urban planning, and Edelstein should know--he has a PhD in urban planning from the U-M. The Plaza's other two owners are builder Louis Johnson and Plymouth Mall owner Vern Hutton, who supplied the site.
Edelstein points out a few other features, suggested by city planners, that helped the design move swiftly through the approval process. It's a two-story structure, which gives more infill bang for the buck (the second floor, as yet unrented, is office space). It sits close to the sidewalk, which Edelstein says reflects "the philosophy of making the city more walkable. All four of the ground-floor businesses can be entered either from the parking lot or from the sidewalk side."