In an unusual turn of events, a developer who proposed an opioid treatment clinic, tattoo parlor and biker club in Lyon Township withdrew his plans after residents objected.
Todd Wyett pitched a conceptual review site plan for 10 Milford Shoppes, a commercial development on nearly 17 acres on the northeast corner of 10 Mile and Milford roads, during Monday’s Feb. 24 planning commission meeting.
All of the businesses, which also included a convenience store, tobacco/vape shop, discount auto parts store, furniture store, consignment shop, two restaurants, and a coffee shop – were permissible uses under a consent judgment for the property issued after the township was sued by the same developer years ago.
“I see we have a lot of neighbors here and it’s not my intention to frighten or use scare tactics,” Wyett said as he began his presentation. “I have appeared twice before here for traditional uses (on the property) Busch’s Market and Kroger’s, and have been turned down for supermarkets. I know the motorcycle club and opioid clinic has concerns… I want to build this commercial development at 10 and Milford road this year.”
Wyett had brought with him to the meeting Paul Magy, an attorney representing the opioid treatment clinic, and Bryan Marcus, an attorney representing the motorcycle club, which was unnamed.
Magy talked about the increasing opioid addiction epidemic and said Michigan’s crisis is 20% worse than the national average. His client, he said, had identified this particular location in Lyon Township as “being good for its work” and would be the first of several clinics planned for Michigan.
“My client is excited about this location; it’s a sweet spot for patient volume,” Magy said, adding that the clinic’s approach would involve many therapies, including individual counseling, nutrition, physical fitness, and focuses on mental and spiritual well-being.
“I would conclude by saying, I see many people here and a natural resistance to suspicions of what kind of person might be involved here, but I want to assure you, it’s your neighbors, friends, family and these are people who are suffering and need help,” Magy said. “We’re here to make change and if communities aren’t allowing this to happen, we may never overcome this crisis.”
Magy said while there would be resistance in the beginning, he expected the community would see how the clinic would contribute positively.
Marcus also noted there would be resistance to his clients, which besides the motorcycle club also included the tattoo studio and smoke shop, but noted the consent judgment allows each of the businesses.