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ROYAL OAK, MI-Ann Arbor developer and restaurant owner Jon Carlson plans to spend $5 million to refurbish a century-old hardware store in this suburb into a mixed-use restaurant-office-residential complex. He plans to open the Union Brassiere restaurant sometime next year.

The building is now three stories, but Carlson plans to add another floor. A bar will be in the basement, a restaurant on the main floor, offices on the second floor and condominiums on the top two floors.

A hearing before the city’s liquor control commission is scheduled for Sept. 19. Carlson is waiting on word of whether the city commission, with the LCC committee recommendation, will grant him liquor approval. The city’s Downtown, known as one of the state’s most popular dining and nightlife areas, had a years-long total ban of new liquor licenses lifted early this year.

Carlson plans on asking for historic designation for the former Helzinger Ace Hardware, a staple in the city for most of the 20th century.

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