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Plans Would Convert Historic Corktown Firehouse Into Restaurant

July 24, 2018 - 8:15 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Plans for a new restaurant in a historic Corktown fire station aren't exactly getting rave reviews from the neighbors.

The firehouse sits at the corner of Bagley and 6th Street, just south of Michigan Avenue. It was built in 1918, converted to a business in the 80s and now, the owners want to turn it into a restaurant.

Some local residents who aren't happy with the plan are expected to voice their opposition Tuesday at a Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, citing concerns like lack of parking and delivery space.

Others are optimistic. Matt Clippard, who lives nearby, admitted that the parking might be a nuisance, but he thinks it's worth it to have expanding business in the area.

"I think every restaurant adds to the charm and the fabric of a neighborhood, but we're just going to have to see how things go," Clippard told WWJ's Charlie Langton. "I mean, it's a tight spot so we'll just see how they make it work."

The business owners plan on investing $2 million into the restaurant, assuming they can get approval.