The former Courtland Racquetball Club in Shelby Township, about 30 miles North of Detroit, is expected to be razed to make way for a new Porsche dealership.
Township staff said the new dealership would be about 23,000 square feet on the east side of Mound Road and north of Hall Road/M-59. Construction could start as soon as late May or early June, said John Vitale, architect on the project with Stucky Vitale Architects in Royal Oak, MI.
"They want to move as quickly as possible," Vitale said, referring to Rafih Auto Group, the Canada-based dealership group behind the project with operations in Windsor and North Olmstead, Ohio.
"As soon as they completed the construction documents, Rafih (will be) in a real big push to get it done."
The racquetball club building was constructed in 1977 on a bit more than 3 acres, according to land records. It has been closed for several years, although precisely how long is not known.
Vitale said the new dealership will replace Eastpointe's Porsche Motor City dealership on Gratiot Ave., rought 13 miles Northeast of Detroit.
Other Rafih Auto Group dealerships in Michigan are BMW of Rochester Hills; Audi Rochester Hills and Motor City Mini in Southfield, according to the company's website.