An artist rendering of the front entrance to Premier Academy in Macomb Township. The childcare center is proposed to be built on nearly three acres of land at the northeast corner of 21 Mile and Card roads.

An artist rendering of the front entrance to Premier Academy in Macomb Township. The childcare center is proposed to be built on nearly three acres of land at the northeast corner of 21 Mile and Card roads.

Photo provided by Krieger Klatt Architects


Conditional rezoning request unanimously approved in Macomb Township

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published September 10, 2021

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A childcare facility is on course to be developed on the eastern side of Macomb Township.

In August, the Macomb Township Planning Commission heard a conditional rezoning request and site plan for Premier Academy.

The school is proposed to be built on nearly three acres of land at the northeast corner of 21 Mile and Card roads.

Its website indicated that Premier Academy opened its doors in 2009 with programs for all ages. It has locations in Rochester Hills, Oakland Township and Northville.

The rezoning was unanimously approved from residential urban one family to community facilities. The site plan was approved by the Board of Trustees Aug. 25.

Planning Director Josh Bocks said the long and narrow piece of property is a little more difficult to develop.

“It will be developed as a daycare facility,” he said.

Robert Kirk, an attorney at Kirk, Huth, Lange & Badalamenti, PLC, is representing the petitioner, JS Capitol Group, and the property owner.

“Through the years, different potential buyers have come in with different uses that have been much more intense,” Kirk said. “This use seems to be conducive to this area.”

Angela Innaimo, operations director at Premier, said two types of curriculum are offered – Montessori and traditional.

“We are an academic-based childcare facility,” she said.

Regarding noise levels in the surrounding area, Innaimo indicated that no more than 20 children would be outside at one point, with playground time beginning around 10 a.m.

Sean Connolly, an optometrist who works at inSight Eye Care, at the southwest corner of the intersection, said he knows how tricky traffic can be in the area.

“Going north to get into that parcel, it backs up,” he said. “There’s not two lanes for people to go. They stop and turn left in Kroger, which is hard enough, and people are trying to go around. Anybody trying to get into that parcel is going to be backing up and it’s going to be a nightmare.”

Bocks acknowledged it is a busy intersection, especially since parallel roads, like Hall and 23 Mile roads, are under construction.

In speaking about the site plan, Jeff Klatt, of Krieger Klatt Architects, said the site will be accessed from Card Road.

It will be a two-story facility. Five classrooms will be on the first floor, with six rooms on the second floor.

“From an exterior standpoint, our primary goal was to respect and complement the surrounding neighborhoods,” Klatt said.

The petitioner indicated it hadn’t considered placing a no left turn sign on Card Road.

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