Troy council rezones Tower Drive parking lot for redevelopment

 This site on Tower Drive is now zoned office mixed use in accordance with the city’s master plan, which promotes infill of sites like this.

This site on Tower Drive is now zoned office mixed use in accordance with the city’s master plan, which promotes infill of sites like this.

Photo by Donna Agusti


By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published December 6, 2017

 The rezoning of 11 acres on Tower Drive will allow for redevelopment.

The rezoning of 11 acres on Tower Drive will allow for redevelopment.

Photo by Donna Agusti

TROY — The Troy City Council voted 6-0 to approve a rezoning request for 11 parking-lot-heavy acres on Tower Drive to allow mixed uses on the site. 

Troy Planning Director R. Brent Savidant told the council at its Nov. 20 meeting that the city’s master plan promotes infill of sites such as that one. 

He said the developer intends to install retail businesses in front of the four-story office building, between the building and Crooks Road. 

“This will allow them to do that,” Savidant said of the rezoning. 

No one from the public spoke on the request during the public comment portion of the meeting, and the council did not have any comments or questions. 

“It means you did a good job,” Mayor Dane Slater said regarding the lack of questions. 

The Planning Commission considered the request to rezone the parcel, now zoned research center district, to office mixed use at its Oct. 24 meeting and unanimously recommended approval. 

Ben Carlisle, of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, the city’s planning consultant, said at the Oct. 24 meeting that the area, which is east of Crooks Road and north of Long Lake Road, contains many “over-parked” lots. He said the rezoning would create activity in the area and would provide services to the office building. 

Adjacent parcels are zoned office mixed use, office, business and research center. 

Savidant said the research center district is a very restrictive zoning district in which retail businesses and restaurants are prohibited. 

Larry Goss, a spokesman for the developer, Core Partners, told the Planning Commission that they envision a Panera Bread restaurant and other retail businesses on the site. 

Conceptual plans, which are not binding, feature a 10,000-square-foot building with a drive-thru, which will be reviewed when the site plan is submitted.