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Final site plan approved for condos near 24 Mile Road

Commission hears plan for development south of 25 Mile Road

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published July 21, 2020

 A dozen single-family homes could be added as part of a preliminary plan for Penzien Estates Site Condominium, located on the south side of 25 Mile Road, east of Romeo Plank Road.

A dozen single-family homes could be added as part of a preliminary plan for Penzien Estates Site Condominium, located on the south side of 25 Mile Road, east of Romeo Plank Road.

Photo by Alex Szwarc

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A couple of condominium developments were recently addressed at a planning commission meeting as the Macomb Township population continues to rise.

At the July 7 Macomb Township Planning Commission virtual meeting, the commission approved a preliminary plan for Char Estates Site Condominium located on the south side of 24 Mile Road, west of Card Road.

Planning Director Josh Bocks said the 10-acre site is zoned residential and a 30-lot site condominium is proposed. The site is just west of Harmony Acres subdivision.

The preliminary plan was initially approved by the commission in 2017, but it expired without a final plan emerging.  

Phil Ruggeri, owner and petitioner of the development, said all township departments OK’d the preliminary site plan and his company is prepared to start developing the site in August.

Resident Lionel Bashore, who lives south of 24 Mile Road and east of Romeo Plank Road, said it seems the development backs up to the back of his property and asked if the developer had preliminary site approval, why it lapsed.  

Ruggeri said once the plan was preliminary approved, it needed to wait until the sanitary sewer line work was completed with nearby properties.

He added there is the possibility the condominiums could connect to future developments in the area.

Following approval of the preliminary plan at the meeting, the commission unanimously approved the final site plan.  

Ruggeri indicated that for the final site plan, the developer met all conditions.

The commission also listened to a preliminary plan for Penzien Estates Site Condominium, located on the south side of 25 Mile Road, east of Romeo Plank Road.

Bill Thompson, from Lehner Associates, said the parcel is left over from the former Penzien Farms, where the farmhouse and barns were.

William Smith, who lives south of the proposed development, asked if a construction entrance will be in place.

Thompson said construction of the subdivision will come from 25 Mile Road onto the site. When it comes to building individual houses, construction traffic will enter through the subdivision.  

Planning Commission Vice Chair Aaron Tuckfield said the existing subdivision was designed with a stub street meant to be developed.

“The developer has the right to build and it’s a public street,” he said. “More often than not, we get the most concern out of construction traffic.”

Joseph Koscica lives in the Penzien Farms subdivision and said residents will come through the current entrance in the future.

“Now we’re going to add a third subdivision into one entrance and that’s not going to work out in my opinion,” he said.  

Macomb Township Planning Consultant David Scurto, from Carlisle Wortman Associates Inc., said those comments will be taken into advisement and will be brought up with the engineering department.

In response to residents’ concerns, Thompson said two entrances are available to residents to enter the subdivision.

He said the plan is for 12 single-family homes to be added. The project is being developed by Roberto Vitale.

Resident Marc Frechette, who lives southeast of the proposed development, said way too much traffic is going through the subdivision.

“We have a lot of kids in the sub and so many people coming through,” he said. “Adding more houses to the sub entrance, it’s already a problem.”

Jack Digiovanni, who also lives in the area, said he’ll lose his private street and is against the project.

“More people want to live in Macomb,” he said.

The commission decided to table approving the preliminary plan. Its next meeting was scheduled for July 21, after press time.

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