SOUND OFF: What Type of Business Would You Like to See Occupy the Old Wyandotte City Hall?

Some people have suggested a parking garage, an indoor market and a theater. What do you think?

Now that city officials are considering the idea of demolishing the old Wyandotte City Hall, we asked our readers on Facebook what type of establishment they'd like to see built on the property.

Barb Duran, who chairs the city's Zoning Board of Appeals and Adjustments, said the spot is perfect for parking.

"A 3-story parking garage," she wrote. "(It) wouldn't be much higher than the existing building and would alleviate the parking problems in downtown Wyandotte as well as attract more people to the restaurants and bars and shops since there will be ample parking right smack in the middle of downtown. The facade that faces Biddle could be required to be an attractive design and style to fit in with the downtown architecture as well as hide any view of automobiles from Biddle Avenue. The city could also determine whether or not to charge a fee for parking in order to increase revenue for the city."

Troy Huffaker of Dtl Herbs, who is a regular vendor at the Wyandotte Farmers Market, said the space could be used to enhance the market. 

"I propose that the building be turned over to the DDA for development into an indoor bazaar/market where producers of Michigan made products, particularly those loyal vendors who have supported the Wyandotte Farmers Market, would have a place, year round, to bring their fine products to the people of Wyandotte," he wrote.

Other suggestions included Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Buffalo Wild Wings, a movie theater and high-rise condos.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments below.

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Bill Ayers December 12, 2012 at 01:05 PM
A Trader Joe's would be Great!
Sandy December 12, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Great idea Bill, would love to see a Trader Joe's in Wyandotte.
Steve December 12, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I'd like to see a wrecking ball occupy the space. The building is a dump. And there is not a parking problem Downtown Wyandotte. Thee is a lazy problem. There is plenty of parking down there people just don't want to walk a block to get anywhere. And I love how people suggest a business go in there that A. they do not own and B. would never come down there. Big businesses will not come to Wyandotte because there is only access from North, South, and West. Tear the pile down, make it a parking lot or a commons area and sell the property when you have an interested buyer.
Kay Stone December 12, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I agree with Bill and Sandy, a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. This might be good for the Senior Citizens too, they could pick up some of their groceries closer to home.
Kellie Farrell December 12, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Theatre idea is good. Trader Joe's and Whole Foods would be fabulous if they would come this way. Don't know why not. Parking is nice idea too! Keep it cheap though. And people, don't be so negative on here!! Just asking for ideas and suggestions! !!
Gina December 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I am all for a Trader Joe's. The indoor market with Michigan made products is also a good idea.
Sandy December 12, 2012 at 03:39 PM
That is good also Gina, an indoor market with Michigan made products would be good. A friend recently told me that she bought fresh strawberry honey from a local vendor at the Wyandotte market during the summer. That sounds really good and I am sorry I missed it. If we had an indoor market we could purchase Michigan product year round like the Michigan honey.
Denise Green December 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Trader Joe's would be spectacular but they have already indicated they have no plans on expansion anywhere downriver. Same with Whole Foods. A mixed use building with retail on the first floor and maybe condos on the 2nd and 3rd floors would be good. All cities/towns with vibrant downtown areas have people actually living downtown. Keeping the building low enough is important, though, for the feel of the area. A historic style front facade would be fantastic. With the losses over the years of several downtown buildings to fire, maintaining a historic vibe is important, IMHO, to the character of Wyandotte. I don't believe a high rise condo building belongs right on Biddle...
Dan Henderson December 12, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Trader Joe's would be a great addition to downtown.
Tom Skyler December 12, 2012 at 05:26 PM
If we are dreaming ---- i would like the space cleared for a new Apple Store - lol
Mary Washko December 12, 2012 at 05:32 PM
No, a parking garage is definitely out....that would ruin the "little" community look. I agree a food store would be nice for the citizens that live in the city!
Sue Czarnecki December 12, 2012 at 06:10 PM
A book store.
Sharon December 12, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I actually wrote a letter to Apple headquarters inviting them to open a store in the Dotte. Never heard a response. That's a big building to occupy. It would be nice to have a music store downtown as well as a media store of some sort. I hate to be a wet blanket, but we're losing our post office in 2014 and that will be another vacant building. I just hope something nice moves into the old city hall.
Greg Kazmierski December 12, 2012 at 08:38 PM
An archery pro shop with an archery/gun range in back would suit me.
Sue Thorne December 12, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I would love to have a Cracker Barrel here in Wyandotte. I also like the idea of a indoor Farmer's Market.
Erin McGill Beard December 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I love the idea of a Trader Joe's!!
Anonymous December 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Wyandotte has too much surface parking downtown to warrant a structure in that spot. The only way I'd support a structure is if it replaced the giant lots by the new city hall. I think if anything ultimately gets built there it will be a low-rise with housing on top, retail on the bottom . . . and I'm ok with that. Otherwise it will be just another gap tooth on the Biddle streetwall.
Ruby jones December 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM
A youth center, so the 12~20years old ,have a good place to go. Ok younger but not older. They took away green box at parks. This could be year round. Games,crafts,pool table, snack counter,of corse that food part ,,would cost the costumer. Movies room. Oh part homeless shealter. Think!
JS December 13, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Ideally I would love to see bottom floor of retail with 2nd floor retail/office space. I would love to see parking on 3 & 4th stories with at least 4 floors of condos on top. These condos would have great views and would create a greater density of people downtown. I do not think we need a parking structure downtown at this time.
Bridgette December 13, 2012 at 02:02 AM
We have so many unoccupied offices and strip malls around the city and neighboring communities. I would love to see anything but that. I think a good idea might be to have a big name restaurant like Cracker Barrel or Mongolian BBQ! These would bring people from all over the area to Wyandotte. How many drive to these restaurants that are so far away. Imagine how many would come.
Amanda-Grace Godsell December 13, 2012 at 02:34 AM
An indoor market is a wonderfull idea! Supporting the local business seems to be a strong principal in Wyandotte so why not expand on that by offering local boutique owners and small business owners a chance to offer their products year round? Sort of like a street fair every weekend? Maybe allow entrepreneurs to lease booths or areas within the market? I think a parking garage, or high rise would ruin the small town feel that attracted me to Wyandotte in the first place. There is plenty of parking available downtown, and i never have issues finding a spot. Maybe some kind of themed eatery on the second floor?
Ardith Linenfelser December 13, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Trader Joe's would be great if they were so inclined, but I somehow doubt that. I don't think we need a parking structure. Stores? We have plenty of emmpty stores that need to be filled before building any new ones. A small parking lot with some green space would add to the beauty of our City and then if someone wanted to bid on that land in the future, it's empty and available.
Jt2006 December 13, 2012 at 07:30 AM
Thay should give it to ltb sport bar
Dale Ave-Lallemant December 13, 2012 at 09:30 AM
The building itself needs too many repairs. It would be more cost effective to demolish it and build something new. I'd like to see anything except another medical building.
wanda collins December 14, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Childrens afordable day care so Parents can afford to go to work
wanda collins December 14, 2012 at 05:57 AM
I agree Ruby
wanda collins December 14, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Bookstore is good too
Bird December 17, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Rebuild I agree
Carol July 21, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Not a Wy resident, but I spend my money in the city. Why build at all? Leave the space open and let it be a green space. Erect a covered area, so people can sit and have their coffee or eat even if it's raining. Put it up in a way that birds cannot nest underneath. The area across the street by the clock tower is nice, but it's not shaded. Though the parking lot is behind, it is still a view to the river, which there is very little of anymore.
Carol July 21, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Bookstore--bad idea. Due to e-readers like the Kindle, bookstores will soon be gone the way of Harmony House don't you read the newspapers?....Barnes and Noble is struggling to stay alive, and you guys want a bookstore? Apple would be nice, but they'd never open a store here. They will only open in malls where Lord & Taylor is an anchor store. That information is available if you look deeply into the Internet for the info. That's why Apple is in Somerset in Troy, Lord & Taylor is there. I have read online that Apple won't go into Fairlane Mall because they have the Somerset store and also their store in Ann Arbor at Briarwood Mall. Apple never answers people's mail....Whole Foods is too expensive...maybe there are some seniors in Wyandotte who can afford to pay Whole Foods' prices, but most won't want to. Frankly, I would like to see some shops in this space, if there has to be something other than green space. Maybe the space would be divided up to make an inside 'mall' area. I'd like to see a nice shop for women who wear Plus size clothing (very little available downriver). Also, a shop for all sizes of athletic wear, like yoga clothing and running clothing and shoes, stuff like that. Those are just two ideas. Wyandotte doesn't need more coffee shops, salons, art-centric shops, restaurants or bars. Wyandotte needs something no one else has....


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