By Stephen Ingber Staff Reporter
Dewitt Township—The township planning commission met Feb. 4 to discuss potential new business in the area.
Sam Dalman submitted a request to the commission to build an ice cream shop with a drive thru in the Schavey Road Shopping Center. Mr. Dalman was not present at the meeting. The town planner met with him earlier to discuss the council’s recommendation to deny the shop.
The parking ordinances set forth by DeWitt Township which restrict the number of spaces a zone can have, forced the committee to unanimously deny Dalman’s request.
Township staff said they met with the Dalman and discussed further plans prior the planning commission meeting.. Discussed was the amount of parking with the township allowing only four stacking spaces the plan only allowed for two.
The chair of the commission Bruce Kellen said he was concerned that the proposal for a drive-thru would create congestion for the area because of its proximity.
The recording Secretary took the final count with a quorum present and all the present members voted in agreement for the denial of the structure. There was approximately four other people in the audience.
Currently the main ice cream shop in DeWitt would be Scoopy Doo’s. It is located in the downtown corridor and serves a variety of ice cream. After that the next closest competitor would be in East Lansing with Cold Stone Creamery.
DeWitt being a small town has very little in their offering of eating or dessert establishments. The only other dessert establishment would be Sweetie-Licious, which is an award-winning bakery.
No members of the community including the owner Dalman had a rebuttal to the commission. The commission said they would be following up with Dalman concerning the business of the meeting and figuring out an alternative solution.