Cluster plan development to offer 1,485-square-foot homes in Troy

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 7, 2018

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TROY — The Troy City Council green-lighted plans for seven two-unit condos smaller in size than other cluster developments, which council members said was the aim, overall, when they approved the cluster option.

The council unanimously approved the preliminary site plan and special land use at its Oct. 22 meeting for the units, which will be on just over 4 acres on the east side of Rochester Road, north of Long Lake Road, in a development known as Midtown Crossing.

“This is the type of development we’ve been looking to bring to Troy,” said City Councilman Ed Pennington.

“The smaller footprint for homes is exactly what we were looking for,” said Mayor Pro Tem Edna Abrahim.

Cluster zonings offer density bonuses for restricting the home sizes to 1,500 square feet or less and for sustainable designs — including green infrastructure and naturalized stormwater management — and they require the developer to preserve 20 percent open space.

Under a parallel plan, which is by right — or would not require a rezoning — nine homes could be constructed on the parcel.

The northern 2.7-acre portion of the site was approved for a 13-unit townhome development through a 2006 consent judgment, which regulates the type of units and the density.

Since then, the developer, MJC, has purchased two parcels to the south.

The proposed plans preserve 38 percent open space and feature a private road and two-family, 1,485-square-foot and 1,785-square-foot homes with two-car attached garages and first-floor master bedrooms.

“There are going to be a lot of plants on this site,” Planning Director R. Brent Savidant told the council.

Savidant said there will be 93 trees and 132 shrubs on the site.

The Planning Commission voted 8-0 July 24 to recommend approval of the plans.

Savidant noted that the private road will be maintained by the homeowners association and must be built to city standards.

Because of the consent judgment, a judge must approve the plans following the council approval.

“Our phones are ringing off the hook,” Savidant said, referring to inquiries to the Planning Department from people who wish to buy the homes. He said that the first-floor master bedrooms are a big draw.

Tom Izzi, of MJC Cos., told the Planning Commission that the homes will appeal to empty nesters who want a first-floor master bedroom and don’t want to take care of a yard.

He said that the homes will be constructed in the American craftsman style and will be priced in the low $300,000s.

He said the company is constructing similar developments in Macomb Township priced in the high $200,000s and in Warren in the mid-$200,000s.

Councilman Dave Henderson praised the amount of green space that the developer is preserving. “The cluster ordinance is a good thing,” he said.