Property: 1220 E. Grand River Ave.


Although this building, which is the old Sav-Mor grocery store on the north side, seems to need significant attention, in reality it would be greatly aided with the basic act of simplifying the exterior. Unfortunately, the most obvious sign is not the one that advertises its use as a supermarket, particularly when this neighborhood, like so many other urban and and dense suburban areas, might benefit from the convenience of a reliable corner grocery.

The building would be further improved by restoring its original composition, including opening up the main elevation, coordinating the placement of signs and light fixtures within the existing architectural elements and allowing the simple, yet attractive brick details to show.

Efforts were unsuccessful to reach Ghulam H. and Sufia Sumbal, who are the owners, according to the city’s website.

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