Visions for Vacancies: Dimitris Restaurant Closes – What's Next?
While hoping for redevelopment, the Farmington DDA is also looking for a 'destination restaurant' operator to take over the building.
Dimitris Restaurant in downtown Farmington closed last week, but will another restaurant take its place?
The Farmington Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announced Friday that it now owns the property at 33200 Grand River Ave., and while officials eventually want to see redevelopment that fits with the Downtown Master Plan, they are also looking for an operator who would open a "destination restaurant" there.
DDA director Annette Knowles said it would be "ideal if both these goals could be wrapped into one exceptional project." Board president Bob Rock added the DDA board does not intend to hold onto the restaurant building.
“We wish to move forward with securing a new opportunity that will contribute to the downtown in a positive way," he said.
The next step is separating the property into two parcels, so the DDA can keep the parking, while selling the front portion for a restaurant space and/or a redevelopment project.
The City of Farmington financed the $430,000 purchase with a two-year loan.
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