Archive for Thursday, November 4, 2004

Garage owner wants to build on Main Street

November 4, 2004

An area businessman is proposing a new development on North Main Street that would include space to relocate his garage here from Leavenworth.

Danny Asher, owner of Dasher Rods & Garage in Leavenworth, has presented plans for a four- to five-unit retail/office development at 210 N. Main St.

One of the first tenants of the "Old Town" development would be Dasher Rods & Garage.

"I feel confident enough in Lansing's future that I'm going to move my business there," he said.

Asher's plan is to build Dasher Rods at the northern end of the proposed development. The garage, which does motor repairs, transmission repairs and tune-ups, would tie in with services offered by Main Street Auto Body and Main Street towing, which are operated by his brother, Randy Asher, at 212 N. Main St.

"It'll be a total auto care facility," Danny Asher said.

Asher said he had talked to several other businesses that had expressed an interest in moving into the development. Before any firm commitments are secured, though, the plan must win the approval of the Lansing City Council, which is scheduled to consider Asher's preliminary development plan at its 7:30 p.m. meeting today at City Hall, 800 First Terrace. The plan was presented to the Lansing Planning Commission on Wednesday evening.

Asher said he wanted the development to be "condo style" so that the businesses could actually buy the building in which they're located rather than just being a tenant making monthly rental payments.

"Land is so high that most businesses are not able to buy their own land and build too," he said.

Asher said each of the units in the development would have basements. Two of the units are envisioned as single-story storefronts while the other three would have two-story storefronts. Floor space in the units, including the basements, would range from 2,160 square feet to about 5,400 feet.

If Asher's plans win the necessary approvals, he said he hoped to begin construction in early 2005.

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