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New Union proposed for 90 N. Main

by Trevor Keiser

October 19, 2011

Curt Catallo is ready to bring a fourth Union to Main Street.

Clarkston Planning Commission and City Council granted a "Special Land Use Overlay District Request" and site plan approval for 90 N. Main Street.

Catallo, owner of the Clarkston Union and Union Woodshop restaurants, and Union General Store, would use the property for his ad agency, Union Adworks.

"When I saw Mr. Adler and Bob Roth were going in front of the commissions to look at this overlay district, a light bulb went off and (wife) Anne and I said this is a pretty good usage for a business like Union Adworks," Catallo said. "This is the kind of thing I think would suit the property."

Union Adworks produces catalogs and other literature for Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Ram, and Mopar, as well as Fiat and Apple.

"We have designers and art directors, print producers, art buyers, account people, and writers, and programmers," Catallo said. "The good news is we're not printing anything. We're not making anything besides the creative idea and concept."

Current owners Bob Roth and Ed Adler proposed similar business ideas including architects, engineering office, art studios and galleries, and other limited commercial uses.

To "seal the deal" for 90 N. Main, Catallo wants use of Park Lake for him and his workers, so they can find their creative inspirations. The proposed amendment is being drafted by City Attorney Tom Ryan and City Planner Dick Carlisle. The planning commission will hold a public hearing on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.

"It's not just because of the commute that I would like to be in Clarkston," Catallo said. "It's because I think it's the right thing for Clarkston and I think it happens to be the right thing for Union Adworks."