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Where is Taco Bell?

Good question. It was scheduled to open near Livernois and Walton by now; here's why it hasn't been started yet.

The Taco Bell that had planned to open this fall on the corner of Livernois and Walton in Rochester Hills has been put on hold.

"As luck would have it they discovered bad soils when they did their testing," said Ed Anzek, director of planning and economic development for the city.

The soils in question are basically marl, which are peat and boggy-type soils that aren't suitable for typical construction, Anzek said. 

"These soils are fine for a parking lot but not the loads of a structure," he said. 

So the owners are redesigning the strutural elements of the building, which set them back two to three months. 

"They have advised us they will use the late fall and wintertime to redesign and then process building permits with the city," Anzek said.

Rochester Hills City Council approved a Conditional Land Use permit in May for the restaurant to build a drive-thru in the empty lot that's less than a five-minute walk from Rochester High School, near Panera Bread.

The approval followed two months of review by city planning commissioners, who had expressed concerns about traffic flow and pedestrian accesibility to and near the site.

Taco Bell representatives addressed those concerns: the restaurant was to have a one-way parking lot and a sidewalk that would allow pedestrians to walk from Taco Bell to the nearby Kroger or other shops.

In a Rochester Patch poll in May, 217 readers said Rochester Hills needed another Taco Bell.

Sheri November 13, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Why don't they build it where the Big Boy was?
Bob Jackie November 13, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Exactly.
Barbara Krueger November 13, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I agree with Sheri. That Big Boy location question has been approached before, but never answered. The Panera location is already crazy with people leaving the Krogers and Panera parking lots.
David Gifford November 13, 2012 at 02:11 PM
The rumor I heard is that the owner of the Big Boy lot either didn't want to sell or wanted too much money.
Kristin Bull (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 02:15 PM
In May, we reported this in relation to the former Big Boy spot question: Bill Beckett, a representative of the restaurant, said he has been asked why Taco Bell is going into that spot rather than another, bigger spot on that corner: the site of the former Big Boy that was razed last year. "Taco Bell has been looking in this area for the past several years, and they did look at the Big Boy site but it was not made available to them at the time," Beckett said. "This particular site has been a year in the works. It fits the needs. It's a wonderful location for Taco Bell."
Elliot Jones November 13, 2012 at 02:34 PM
AGREE! This location makes no sense.
Sherry November 13, 2012 at 03:11 PM
thank you for answering that. Kristin! it is nice to know that the Big Boy spot was considered, even if it was not made available to Taco Bell.
Kay Johnson November 13, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Gee funny there is anything built on that property - when the cows were there it was under water many times during the year.
N. C. November 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
The former Big Boy location would be a much better spot--or some other lot on Walton further West--down by the Burger King and McDonalds on Walton. Both the Rochester High and Adams students could access a Taco Bell there. Squeezing the Taco Bell into the space between the Mobil Gas Station and the entrance ramp to Kroger and Panera makes no sense. The traffic problem there is already challenging. Now add an influx of inexperienced teenage drivers trying to get in and out of Taco Bell, and that spells danger and big traffic problems. I love Taco Bell and would love to see another one near Walton and Livernois or Walton and Adams or in the old Big Boy location. Please rethink this proposed location.
Patricia November 14, 2012 at 01:58 PM
And just where are those cars suppose to park? Kay, I agree. McGregor's Guernseys were housed in pasture there and that was low. Many times it was water logged or filled with water, snow melts, spring thaw, heavy rain etc. I still think the location is poor for traffic flow. Very poor choice and other business will be hurt due to parking.
Chris Pawlowski November 15, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I disagree with the Big Boy location, the main reason is that it would make that Taco Bell just as far out of Downtown Rochester as the one in Rochester Hills by Target. Since the Downtown location was also denied the location by Panera Bread and Kroger makes the most sense. Plenty of people that live in the Downtown area will bring business here, I know I will be very excited when this opens!
Belle November 17, 2012 at 04:14 AM
i agree, as i thought that was the area,.
Nanette Hennig Stark May 28, 2013 at 03:33 PM
What a mess that is going to be! Plus all the RHS kids crossing the street--- sure recipe for disaster to happen. So many better places in that strip. What are they thinking?
David Gifford May 28, 2013 at 03:57 PM
They are counting on the high school for a lot of its business. I agree though, it is dangerous there already with cars turning left into Kroger and cars turning left into Buffalo Wild Wings.

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