How Do You Say “Really, Really Fast” In Korean?

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Site plan review in just seven days?

Yes, we call that radical hospitality.  It’s a City-wide operating culture developed over many years based on meeting our customer’s needs.  It’s radical in that we really care about helping people in ways that exceed their expectations. Hospitality is our mission.

So, here’s what happened.  On July 28th, developer Cunningham-Limp met with us with a sketch and told us that they needed to start construction on a new building by early September for an international company.  We looked at the calendar and said … “OK, no problem, we can do this!”  The developer’s civil engineer provided us a site plan on August 7th.  After a very thorough back and forth analysis, the project’s plans will be provided electronically today to the Planning Commission for their review.  Easy peasy.

What’s the project?  A new 75,050 sq. ft. warehouse and distribution facility for Korean-based Shield Material Handing.  It will be built on a 6.26 acre parcel located on the north side of North Atlantic Boulevard, at the terminus of Continental Drive.  The total investment is estimated at $5.7 million.

Rendered Site Plan for Shield Material Handling
Rendered Site Plan for Shield Material Handling

Shield Material Handling, formerly known as DLS Detroit, provides complete logistics services to Tier-One automotive suppliers in Asia, Europe, and North America. The proposed facility will provide warehousing and distribution services for products and parts for automotive suppliers in the region.  Their partners include GM, FCA US, Opel, Mazda, and Suzuki.

The new facility will initially employ 45 people and the property provides ample room for the company to grow and expand its operations another 48,000 sq. ft. in the future.  The project is anticipated to be complete by May 2016.

Proposed building façade facing Continential Drive
Proposed building façade facing Continental Drive

The site plan for this proposal will be reviewed by the Planning Commission on Tuesday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  A final decision on the project is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, August 24th.

Staff review in just seven days.  Sketch to City approval in just 28 days.  Now, that’s radical … and fun!