Auto/Economy
4:45 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Detroit dog day care gets go-ahead to expand

A contentious land dispute between a Detroit small business and a community garden has been resolved in the business’s favor.

The Detroit City Council voted this week to allow Canine To Five, a dog day care facility, to buy adjacent property to expand its business.

That land is currently occupied by the Birdtown Community garden.

Liz Blondy owns Canine to five. She says she’s disappointed that the dispute was framed as a “business versus gardens” issue.

“Detroit is in no position to kind of rule out small business growth or community gardens. They both offer a lot to the community. I wish that we could have worked out a way with the current community gardeners to find a parcel for them somewhere on this block.”

Blondy and city officials say they offered to help move the garden to another vacant spot in the neighborhood.

Sue Weckerle, a representative for Birdtown, says the two sides tried but failed to reach a compromise.

Weckerle says the garden isn't interested in moving, but some plants and other garden resources will be removed and taken to other gardens in the area.