||Before Jackson grew into a major commercial and industrial area, the city and surrounding area was primarily an agricultural community.
The City of Jackson is located in Jackson County about 40 miles west of Ann Arbor and 35 miles (56 km) south of Lansing and is a buzzing community with music, art, architecture, breweries, wineries, food, festivals, nature and history.
Named after President Andrew Jackson, the city was originally named ‘Jacksonopolis’, then ‘Jacksonburgh’, and ultimately just Jackson. Jackson has historical significance being the oldest continually operating passenger rail station in the United States, being home to the first state prison, home to numerous automotive and airplane part manufacturing facilities and being a busy hub for Underground Railroad stops.
||Sec. 42-214. - General business district (B-4).
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The general business district is composed of certain land and structures used to provide for the retailing and wholesaling of goods, warehousing facilities, trucking facilities and limited fabrication of goods. When any of these types of enterprises are permitted, they are to be regulated in a manner that will protect the abutting residential districts, provide reasonable compatibility with each other and prevent further "strip" zoning along major thoroughfares.
No land shall be used or occupied and no structure shall be designed, erected, moved, altered, used or occupied except for one of several of the uses by right listed in this section and lawful accessory uses thereto, or for one or several of the conditional uses listed in this section.
Permitted uses. Permitted uses are as follows:
Antique shop, provided all articles are displayed or stored within the shop.
Automobile, truck and trailer display, hire, sales and repair, including sales lot, painting and body shop.
Automotive supply parts and accessories.
Banks, loan offices and finance offices.
Barbershop and/or beauty shop.
Bowling alley, including bar and restaurant.
Bus station and travel agency.
Business or trade school.
Camera and photo supplies store.
Catering service, delicatessen and confectionery store.
Clothes or wearing apparel shop.
Club, lodge or church.
Crating and packing service.
Dairy products store.
Department store, specialty apparel, and discount stores.
Diaper, linen and towel supply service.
Dry cleaning and laundry, custom and self-service.
Dry goods or notions store.
Eating place, bar, grill, and cocktail lounge.
Egg and poultry store.
Electrical supplies, wholesale and storage.
Factory and mill supplies.
Florist and gift shop.
Fruit and vegetable markets.
Funeral home and ambulance service.
Furniture and household furnishings.
Garden and lawn supply store.
Grocery, supermarkets, and meat processing (no slaughtering).
Hardware and sporting goods.
Jukebox and vending machine service and distribution.
Library and other public buildings.
Liquor store (sale by package only).
Luggage and camping supplies and equipment.
Malt beverage, liquor and wine distribution.
Offices: Any office in which chattels or goods, wares or merchandise is not commercially created, exchanged or sold.
Office machines, sales and service.
Office supply store.
Ornamental iron work and fence service.
Paint, wallpaper and floor coverings store.
Printing and publishing, including processes related thereto.
Plumbing and heating and sheetmetal shops (including punching of material of one-eighth inch or less in thickness).
Radiator repair shop.
Radio and TV sales, repair, and broadcasting stations.
Resale shops, china, clothing and furniture, but not including auction houses.
Shoe store, sale and repair.
Sign painting and servicing shops.
Special tools and gauges, checking and service.
Theater, drive-in type, also theatrical studios.
Tire and battery shops, rebuilding and recapping.
Stone cutting, providing cutting operations are conducted within a completely enclosed building.
Toys, playground equipment and variety stores.