Carports to be installed at Lakeshore Senior Living in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published December 8, 2017

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — As construction gets closer to a conclusion at Lakeshore Senior Living, 28801 Jefferson Ave., the developer came back before City Council to ask for covered parking for future residents.

“We’re in the last throes of the construction,” said Mike Parks, of Cypress Partners, at the Dec. 4 City Council meeting. He said he expects that work should be completed about three weeks from that date. Developers are hoping to receive a certificate of occupancy for the senior housing development on Jefferson Avenue, north of 11 Mile Road, around Dec. 20.

Parks said that the units were receiving carpet, appliances, countertops and other accoutrements last week.

“There is a bevy of work going on in the inside,” he said. “We’ll make sure that we finish strong.”

But in leasing out the units to new residents, Parks said that there has been a “tremendous need” brought up for covered parking. He asked for three carport structures to be added to the parking lot: one to cover 13 spaces on the north side of the site, one to cover 26 spots on the east side of the back parking lot, and a third on the southwest side of the parking lot that would cover 15 spots.

The spots to be covered would not be within the easement granted to the city of St. Clair Shores for the baseball fields on the west side of the property, he said. 

In response to a question from Councilman Peter Accica, Parks said that there would not be any additional lights put in the carports.

“The parking lot is so well-lit (that) I’d be concerned about putting any more lights in there for the neighborhood,” he said. 

Council members said they appreciate the landscaping that is being installed on the north end of the complex to protect the neighboring homes from headlights. An approximately 4-foot-tall berm will have evergreens planted atop it to protect homes across Lanse Street from headlights from cars pulling into the north carport, Parks said. 

“I just wanted to make sure that it blended in well with the neighborhood,” Councilman Chris Vitale said. 

A vinyl fence will separate the complex from residences in other portions of the parking lot. 

A motion approving the carport structures passed council unanimously.