Land use approved for condominiums

Dog park update provided

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published September 4, 2020

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A condominium site is yet to be developed, but a special land use recently had to be granted for the plan to progress.

At the Sept. 1 Macomb Township Planning Commission meeting, the land use was unanimously approved for Riverview Estates.

Macomb Township Planning Consultant David Scurto said Riverview Estates is mitigating a wetland.

“There’s no plans at this point to develop,” he said. “That would come at a later date. The site plan isn’t changing yet.”

Around this time last year, the township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a preliminary plan for the condominium development.  

The plan is for Riverview Estates Site Condominium on the south side of 24 Mile Road, east of Romeo Plank Road.

The property sits across the street from the Cracklewood Golf Course and across the intersection from St. Peter Lutheran Church and School.

John Thompson, on behalf of Riverview Estates, LLC, said the project has been going on for some time now.

“We recently had site plan re-approval for a 30-lot subdivision on this site,” he said. “We had a 1.5-acre existing wetlands and we’re proposing an emergent 2.58-acre wetland on the north side of the property.”

The developer would be responsible for maintaining the wetlands for the first five years. At that point, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality would be responsible for future maintenance.  

Last year, it was expected the development would have a mixture of ranch style and two-story homes.

A revised site plan was also approved for MacAllister CAT Rental. The business is on the north side of 23 Mile Road, west of Romeo Plank Road.

Scurto said site plan drawings include a 15,000-square-foot storage building and a 4,000-square-foot wash bay.

“We’ve gone through a number of iterations for site plan review earlier this year and we found that MacAllister has met all zoning restrictions,” he said.

The intent would be to have all equipment coming and going from Electric Avenue.

Dog park update
Also at the meeting, Commissioner Jasper Sciuto sought an update on a dog park being in the township.

He said a plan for a dog park was OK’d by the commission in 2013, and in 2016, a location was picked out behind the fire station on 21 Mile Road. Since then, the Macomb County Department of Roads installed bypass lanes, but then the township decided the dog park wouldn’t go at that location.

“For the park, a site plan was presented, there was a cost estimate, and hopefully since this move, we’ll see a site plan from the township,” he said.

In regard to the dog park, Commissioner Charles Oliver, who also serves as the commission’s Board of Trustees liaison, said the township has intentions of it being at the former Wade Nursery site, in the area of Romeo Plank and 23 Mile roads.

Additionally, Sciuto inquired about pickleball courts being added in the township.

Oliver said four pickleball courts are expected to be at the future Whitney Park. Groundbreaking is expected next year at the park, located at 24 Mile and Foss roads.