FLINT TWP. — Everybody looking forward to that first plate of blueberry pancakes served at the Miller Road IHOP have likely noticed that the project is taking a while to get off the ground.
Developers announced plans in early 2015 that IHOP would replace the longtime Salvatore Scallopini Italian restaurant at 3772 Miller Road near the I-75 freeway. Salvatore Scallopini closed around the end of June 2015, after 28 years of operation.
Original plans called for renovation and expansion of the building but has turned into nearly a total rebuild. Drivers-by may have noticed that the building was razed to only a few concrete block walls left standing. Even the roof and flooring were removed.
The contractor said that the tear-out found structural problems in the trusses and foundation, said Tracey Tucker, township building inspector.
Trinity. She expects to get updated drawings for the project this week.
Trinity Restaurant Group, the California-based developers, did not respond to a request for an update on project plans and target opening date.
The township Planning Commission approved the original redevelopment plans about six months ago. That plan included tearing down an adjacent vacant building that operated for many years as a Wendy’s and most recently housed a Happy’s Pizza franchise, which moved out in 2013. It will be razed to make room for more parking.
Plans also call for extensive landscaping and restructuring the parking lot.
Trinity operates several ihops in Michigan including those in Monroe, Canton, Novi, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Roseville, Sterling Heights, East Lansing, Dearborn, Mt. Pleasant, Royal Oak and Saginaw.