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through its president Manny
Espejo, presented at the meeting
signatures of residents who
protest the idea of another strip
mall and seek to protect the 68-
year-old facility from a wreck-
Other audience members said
the city did not need another
strip mall. Dr. Fred Stoye, a for-
mer council member, said resi-
dents fear a strip mall would
bring an increase in traffic to the
already congested Southfield
"We don't need this in the mid-
dle where the people don't want
it," he said. "Let's keep commer-
cial traffic at the mile roads. This
is not 11 Mile Road, this is not 12
Also, vacant shops that line
Southfield Road may be a good
reason to turn down such a de-
velopment, Dr. Stoye said.
"Don't get me wrong. Eighty
thousand dollars (in estimated
annual taxes generated by the
strip mall) is a very nice sum that
the city can use," he said. "But
what happens down the road
when he can't fill it? Will he come
back and say, This is a hardship.
Can you reduce my taxes?"'
Although a vote is not sched-
uled to take place until July 10,
the four village council members
and the mayor directed the city
attorney to draft a resolution
denying the re-zoning request.
"I would vote yes if it were
close," said council member Joel
Hersh, adding that he is looking
for ways to increase the village's
"It looks like it will probably
go down 4-0 without me and I
might as well go with the crowd,"
Mr. Hersh said.
But denial of the re-zoning re-
quest is not necessarily the end
of the matter. Mr. Surnow can
petition the council again with
different plans. He also can sue
the village in Oakland County
Circuit Court to reverse a denial.
"He definitely still has op-
tions," Mr. Hersh said. "This isn't
Because Mr. Surnow has not
exhausted his options, the school
is waiting for an outcome.
"A lot of things could happen.
He could change his request. He
could do a lot of things," said
Barry Eisenberg, Akiva's execu-
tive director. "There are too many
variables for the school to take a
position in any way."
Dr. David Beneson, president
of Akiva's school board, said the
school still has alternatives
should the development plans
not go through.
"We are still looking at what
our other options are as far as
what is best for us," Dr. Beneson
Akiva recently suffered a set-
back when a day-school task force
for Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit announced
that it would not sell the Agency
for Jewish Education building.
The 12 Mile Road location was
being sought by both Akiva and
Yeshivas Darchei Torah.
If Akiva does not find a suit-
able site within the four years
that the agreement with the de-
veloper is valid, it may have to
expand on its current site, a cost-
Before expanding the building,
the school would have to bring
the building up to code by re-
moving asbestos, installing an el-
evator for the disabled, and
replacing a leaking roof and an
aging heating system. Those pre-
liminary costs would add up to
about $1 million.
"As far as I know, the devel-
oper is still proceeding with his
plans to develop the property,"
Dr. Beneson said. "We are not
Mr. Surnow and his company
already have four commercial de-
velopments that have netted the
village $1 million in taxes. The
school does not provide tax in-
"I have been a real good land
owner and a good taxpayer," Mr.
Surnow said. "This is too bad be-
cause everyone loses."
William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-
winning summer romance, PIC-
NIC, will be performed
Thursdays through Saturdays,
July 6 - 22, as an Ann Arbor
Civic Theatre Second Stage pro-
duction. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tick-
ets are $8.
The Civic Playhouse is locat-
ed at 2275 Platt Road, just south
of Washtenaw Avenue. For tick-
ets and information, call (313)
The Cultural Arts Division of the
Southfield parks and Recreation
Department will present the big
band stylings of the Next Gen-
eration Big Band on Wednesday,
July 5, at 7 p.m. at the Southfield
Gazebo, Civic Center Drive at
Berg Road. This is a free concert.
Dinners will be available for pur-
chase at the site beginning at 6
p.m. and a moonwalk will be set
up for the children. Concert-go-
ers are encouraged to bring lawn
chairs or blankets for their com-
Jive at Five will play Sunday,
July 9, at 7 p.m. in a free concert
as part of the Sun Bowl Con-
certs-in-the-park series. Concert-
goers are advised to bring lawn
chairs or blankets.