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Paul P. Meyers
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From: Detroit, MI
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 - posted September 06, 2003 01:42 PM      Profile for Paul P. Meyers   Email Paul P. Meyers         Edit/Delete Post 
While this has been rumoured for a while, the historic Main Theatre in Royal Oak Michigan, now called the Landmark Main Art Theatre, as it is currently operating as a 3 screen art house (by Landmark Theatres), might soon be on the demolition list. As usual the reasons are "development", "progress" and the need to have yet more condos or what have you. This is the first time it has hit the local papers. The article link mentions nothing of the Landmark Main Art, or the Hollywood Video, or the Wine Shop also in the way, but does mention the small diner where the new owner just spent scads of money to refurbish.

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Adam Martin

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For archival purposes, the contents of the article from the Detroit Free Press:


Big changes proposed for 11 and Main in Royal Oak

Oakland man, Chicago firm discuss mixed uses
September 6, 2003


A massive development planned for downtown Royal Oak promises to bring new residents and retailers to the Oakland County suburb.

Details are sketchy, and the development team has yet to submit a formal proposal to the city. But initial discussions between the city and developers indicate the plan could mean dramatic changes at the heart of the community.

Royal Oak officials say the plan would redevelop a 7-acre parcel bounded by North Main Street on the west, 11 Mile on the south, Troy Street to the east, and University on the north.

Matt Jonna, an Orchard Lake-based developer, is partnering with Chicago real estate firm Joseph Freed and Associates to build a project that would have condominiums and retail space, and possibly office and entertainment venues.

Freed and Associates has extensive experience in managing and developing real estate properties mainly in the Chicago area. The firm owns the Arborland retail center in Ann Arbor and will begin a residential project in Plymouth soon.

Alan Saposnik, vice president for development at Freed and Associates, said the development team will make its formal presentation to the Royal Oak community by the end of this year.

"We're excited about it, but we just don't have enough specifics yet to talk about it," he said Friday.

Jonna declined to discuss his project in detail, too, but he said it will remake the Oakland County suburb.

"It's the largest project that Royal Oak has ever seen, and we think that it's something that's going to be fantastic," he said.

Mayor Bill Urich said recently that the project is so large the city has created a committee to study it even before the developers submit formal plans. The committee includes people from Royal Oak's planning and zoning departments, the Downtown Development Authority and other agencies.

"It looks now like the project could be nearing the $100-million mark," the mayor said recently. "It'll really change the face of our downtown. It's the kind of commercial redevelopment of Main Street that has been envisioned by a lot of people for some time."

Marie Donigan, a member of the Royal Oak City Commission, likes what she's heard about the idea so far.

"We need more residential people living nearby," she said Friday.

But at least one business operator in the area isn't celebrating.

Marinos (Mark) Golematis, 63, the owner of Main Street Diner, is upset about the possibility of having to move out because of the project. He opened his eatery earlier this year, after he invested what he said was more than $300,000 in getting the diner ready.

He said his landlord assured him that talk about a redevelopment project in the works was going nowhere.

Golematis has retained a lawyer and plans to fight any attempt to move him out.

Jonna said developers are offering relocation aid to businesses in the project area.

Donigan said that the developers' representatives own some parcels within the planned project area and apparently were seeking to control others.

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Mark Lensenmayer
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 - posted September 07, 2003 06:56 PM      Profile for Mark Lensenmayer   Email Mark Lensenmayer         Edit/Delete Post 
Too bad...that was a nice theatre. I saw SHORT CUTS there many years ago in 70mm. That was my giant 70mm day, seeing SHORT CUTS and GETTYSBURG in the same day. Almost made it a triple, but the Main closed a 70mm BARAKA the day before I got there.

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