Condos proceed after storage facility nixed in Troy

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published May 1, 2019

 A 27-unit condo development is slated for this 1.8-acre site at Long Lake and Livernois roads after the City Council approved a rezoning request.

A 27-unit condo development is slated for this 1.8-acre site at Long Lake and Livernois roads after the City Council approved a rezoning request.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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TROY — After Troy City Council members shelved a controversial storage facility on a site two years ago in a split vote, they unanimously approved plans for a 27-unit condominium development for the spot — 1.8 acres on the south side of Long Lake Road, west of Livernois Road.

The council approved the request for a conditional rezoning from residential to neighborhood node zoning and a preliminary site plan at its April 22 meeting.

The Planning Commission postponed making a recommendation to the council on the plans Dec. 11, stating that there were too many units, they were too tall and there was no place to store snow.

“The applicant listened and came back with a significantly better plan,” Planning Director R. Brent Savidant said to the council April 22.

He said the new plans feature 27 units with a maximum height of 30 feet and a park area. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the revised plans Feb. 26.

“It’s a very attractive development,” Savidant said. “All site plan elements were voluntarily offered.”

In 2017, the Troy City Council voted 5-2 to deny a request to rezone the site to build a  three-story E-Z Mini Storage.

After listening to over 20 residents speak at that meeting, all of them opposing the rezoning, the council voted to deny the request. Mayor Dane Slater and Councilman Dave Henderson supported the request.

The April 22 vote required a supermajority — five votes — for approval because a valid protest petition was submitted on May 5, 2017.

Savidant told the council that those who spoke opposing the storage facility suggested that the site be kept residential.

Savidant said the neighborhood node zoning designation is intended to be mostly commercial. He added that the Planning Commission also recommended disapproval of the storage facility because of its proposed size — 110,000 square feet — and its proximity to homes.

“I think it’s important that staff is recommending the project,” Slater said.

Longtime resident Avis Landmesser opposed the condo request, saying it has the look of an Army barracks.

Jim Clarke, a representative for the developer, Robertson Brothers, said someone driving down the street will not think it looks like a three-story structure because the garages will be on a lower level.

“I really like this project,” said Mayor Pro Tem Ethan Baker.

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