FLINT TWP. —The township board has given a tentative green light to the establishment of the Valley Pub bar, which has long been an eyesore and trouble spot at 4186 Corunna Rd.
New owners requested a liquor license transfer in May which the board denied because the bar did not comply with a township ordinance requiring a minimum 30 percent food service.
The applicants returned in July, no longer needing permission for a liquor license transfer due to a change in the law, but still seeking the board’s blessing.
Attorney Roger Isaac, representing the bar’s new owners, said they were planning to make about $70,0000 in improvements to the bar and did not want to make that investment without some assurance that the board would be open to approving an occupancy permit.
The new owners have repaved the parking lot, improved drainage and plan to make other improvements including installation of a new full-service kitchen, Isaac said.
Without the board’s consent, Isaac said the property could revert back to the previous owner who already has a liquor license in escrow and would not be required to make improvements.
Several board members said they would like to see the property improved but also have to consider concerns from residents about the property.
The bar shares a parking lot with the Economy Motel, a reputed drug and prostitution haven, where police in March arrested five people in connection to a carjacking and shooting death of a Grand Blanc woman at a nearby gas station.
Isaac said in previous arguments that the bar owners are aware of issues but should not be held responsible for a criminal element in society.
After a lengthy discussion, the board gave its approval for the project contingent on its passing police and fire inspections to obtain an occupancy permit.