ATTIC TWP. — More than 30 years ago, the 13-acre parcel at the northwest corner of Lake Pleasant and Newark Roads was rezoned to B-2, which is general commercial zoning. Now plans are underway for a roadhouse there, although there are a number of things that need to happen first. This includes a public hearing, which will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Attica Township Hall.
“We thought we would have a gas station there (when it was first rezoned),” township supervisor Al Ochadleus said.
But that never happened.
The land is owned by a group of Lapeer attorneys, Ochadleus said, and site plans have been submitted by Bazco Oil Holdings of New Haven to turn the plot into a truck stop with fuel, parking, a convenience store, a restaurant, and showers. The truck stop would be bordered by Newark Road to the south, Lake Pleasant to the east, the I-69 off-ramp to the north, and New Life Christian Church to the west.
The plans, however, have not been approved by the Lapeer County Highways Commission, which could throw a wrench in the whole thing, Ochadleus said. He referred to a planned service station at the intersection of Imlay City and Wilder Roads, which did not get Road Commission approval and was not built.
“(Bazco) came to township last July,” Ochadleus said. “We held a pre-planning conference with them. The Road Commission was there and involved,” he said.
Last month, the issue came back before the Planning Commission, and the plans were still missing important information, including an agreement from the Roads Commission and the issue of stormwater runoff at the site. However, the Planning Commission chose to schedule the public hearing.
“We will hold the public hearing on Thursday evening, but I don’t see the Planning Commission making a decision or voting on this,” Ochadleus said. “There’s a lot of detail in all of this.”
As for zoning, Ochadleus said, the plans match what’s allowed under B-2 zoning.
There are a few houses across Newark Road from the site, and some neighbors aren’t thrilled with the idea of a truck stop in their neighborhood. One concerned resident is Rachel Omlor, who lives across from New Life Church and has contacted The County Press about it.
“It’s mostly a residential area here,” she says. “We don’t have any other businesses here and I know a gas station would be a lot of the noise, pollution and traffic issues it would cause…I don’t think it’s appropriate in this neighborhood.”
Omlor also expressed concern for Rowley’s Grocery, which has served Attica residents for generations and recently took a hit when Dollar General moved in.
“It would hit her both ways, and I feel awful for her,” Omlor said.
Residents will have the opportunity to speak during public time at the hearing. There will be a four minute limit for comments.