Condo development changes to single-unit buildings

Project has been in planning stages since 2006

By: Joshua Gordon | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published August 16, 2017

 A 12-acre plot of land off Romeo Plank Road and south of 26 Mile Road will be developed as single-unit condominiums. The development sits just south of the Kroger shopping complex.

A 12-acre plot of land off Romeo Plank Road and south of 26 Mile Road will be developed as single-unit condominiums. The development sits just south of the Kroger shopping complex.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A long-planned condominium development off Romeo Plank Road and south of 26 Mile Road will have less units than originally discussed, by changing from multi-unit buildings to single-unit condos.

DDMR Properties, LLC, based in Shelby Township, had originally brought forward plans to build 17 buildings with a total of 62 condos just south of Kroger at the corner of Romeo Plank and 26 Mile in 2006.

However, Township Engineer Jim Van Tiflin said the township’s zoning board of appeals didn’t approve the plans because of the density, and DDMR took the township to court.

The Macomb County Circuit Court ruled in favor of DDMR in August 2006.

Van Tiflin said the project never got underway, however, because of the economy, and now DDMR is looking to modify the plans to include 48 stand-alone condos. The project was dubbed Villas at Villagio Condominium in 2006.

The Macomb Township Board of Trustees approved the authorization to sign the modification order during the Aug. 9 meeting.

“This was more than 10 years ago and since then the market has changed and single-unit buildings are selling better than multi-unit buildings,” Van Tiflin said. “The developer made the business decision to propose the modification to density and the layout of the development.”

Van Tiflin said the township agrees in the decision to change from multi-unit buildings to single-unit condos from a sales perspective. It also brings the density down by 14 units, which was the initial concern over a decade ago.

The site plan submitted with the request is for development on 12 acres of land near the Villagio subdivision. The site is rectangular in shape and goes the length of the Kroger shopping complex to the north.

There would be a row of condos along the south border of the development with groups of six across a new road, according to the site plans. A road would come off of Romeo Plank and go through the development into the Villagio subdivision.

DDRM Properties could not be reached for comment by press time, and no schedule was set for development.

Van Tiflin said after the market crash in 2008, it was hard for developments to move forward. But with all the recent development throughout Macomb Township, it is the right time to move forward with this project.

“The market went down in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and it was a much different market,” he said. “I think they can sell single-family units quicker, and that required reducing the density.”

Township Planner Patrick Meagher said the board is now recommending approval to the planning department to approve the change in density. While it is not a huge reduction in density, it is a better business move.

“This is not a huge piece of property or a huge reduction in density,” he said. “I do think it will be a higher-value development than your typical attached-unit development.”

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