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Berkley City Council votes to tear down homes for Vinsetta Garage parking

Posted at 8:54 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 06:03:46-05

BERKLEY, Mich. (WXYZ) — Berkley City Council unanimously approved a plan Thursday to tear down homes for Vinsetta Garage parking.

The city council held a special meeting to decide if Vinsetta Garage can turn several properties near the restaurant into a minimum 26-space parking lot.

According to the city council agenda, council members voted on the plan for "reconfiguration of and development of off-street parking at 1010-1046 Eaton."

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It calls for tearing down two homes to add additional parking for the restaurant that currently only offers valet. The lots on Eaton Road would add 28 parking spaces.

There is also a plan for homes and a vacant lot on Oxford Rd., one block south, that would add 26 spaces.

Since 2014, residents have fought parking expansion plans for the restaurant.

The owner of Vinsetta Garage sued when the city refused to rezone the area for parking. The owner must now "apply for and obtain site plan approval from the City Planning Commission in accordance with the City's Zoning Ordinance," according to a media release from the city.

The next step is for the Oakland County Circuit Court to give final approval.