At the June 12 Board of Trustees meeting, a rezoning request failed 4-3 for a proposed senior housing community on the east side of Romeo Plank, between 21 Mile and 22 Mile roads. Residents are seen here at an April 16 Planning Commission meeting during which the rezoning was discussed.

At the June 12 Board of Trustees meeting, a rezoning request failed 4-3 for a proposed senior housing community on the east side of Romeo Plank, between 21 Mile and 22 Mile roads. Residents are seen here at an April 16 Planning Commission meeting during which the rezoning was discussed.

File photo by Alex Szwarc


Macomb board says no to rezoning request for senior housing

Developer could submit PUD

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 25, 2019

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After months of discussion about a proposed senior housing community, developers may have to adjust their plans.

At the June 12 Board of Trustees meeting, a rezoning request failed 4-3. Trustee Roger Krzeminski, Supervisor Janet Dunn and Treasurer Karen Goodhue voted “yes.”

The request from the Planning Commission was for the board to approve a rezoning from a residential one family suburban to a community facilities zoning. The area is on the east side of Romeo Plank, between 21 Mile and 22 Mile roads.

Prior to the vote, Trustee Nancy Nevers asked if the project would advance if the rezoning failed.

Engineer Jim Van Tiflin said that the developers could submit a planned unit development with the current zoning, but the township and developer would have to come to an agreement.

The developers, MJC Cos. and Moceri Cos., earlier this year proposed Walden Communities, a 700-unit active senior housing community, to be built on a 79-acre parcel.

“I choose to follow the master plan in an effort to keep the beautification of that area,” Clerk Kristi Pozzi said. “I hate to see it look more commercial.”

Several residents who live near the proposed development addressed the board at the meeting.

Anne Arnold lives on American Elm Drive, which backs up to the property.

“As a homeowner adjacent to the property being considered for rezoning, I support development of property consistent with residential zoning and support the township’s master plan,” she said.

She said that the developer’s plan was inconsistent and proposed a building height to be 50 feet, twice the height of surrounding structures.

Her biggest concern was that the developer would retract the current proposal to build taller.

Cathy Moody resides on Lamplighter Trail, south of American Elm Drive, and believed that the project needed be stopped.

“It seems to be born in corruption, lies and deceit,” she said. “The primary object is obvious: the wealthy, big-business builders already seeded in Macomb to become wealthier at the expense of the established residents of Macomb. This massive development does not fit the ambience of the residential area of our township.”

She was concerned about potential flooding issues, road congestion, safety concerns and decreased home values with the project.

“This development is not needed, not wanted and not good for our township,” Moody said.

Neil Kaffenberger, whose home is a mile away from the development, voiced a different opinion.

“Macomb Township needs senior assisted living. People complain about the traffic and all that stuff. Yes, there’s traffic during peak times,” he said.

Lamplighter Trail resident Lynne Blossom said that when her family bought their house, they were told nothing could be built behind the home.

“When it rains, it floods the proposed area. I’m not sure how this isn’t considered a floodplain. Where will the water go? What effect will it have on the river itself? The sign says ‘Ours to protect,’ and it’s anything but,” she said.

At the April conceptual review plan, Mario Izzi, of MJC Cos. and Moceri Cos., said he believed the development would benefit Macomb Township, as well as generate jobs and tax revenue.

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