The former Wade Nursery site in Macomb Township pictured earlier this month. Over two years have passed since Macomb Township purchased the land. The supervisor says the township is looking at various options and hasn’t decided what the best use for the property is.

The former Wade Nursery site in Macomb Township pictured earlier this month. Over two years have passed since Macomb Township purchased the land. The supervisor says the township is looking at various options and hasn’t decided what the best use for the property is.

Photo by Alex Szwarc


Macomb Township still deciding best use for former nursery site

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published July 29, 2021

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It has been over two years since Macomb Township purchased the former Wade Nursery site.

Recently, residents began questioning what is being done at the site and what future plans are.

In speaking with C & G Newspapers, Township Supervisor Frank Viviano said the township is looking at various options and hasn’t decided what the best use for the property is.

In June 2019, the township purchased the land on the east side of Romeo Plank Road, north of 23 Mile Road.
At the site now, a couple buildings on the east side of the property, behind where the garden center was, are being utilized to house the township’s facilities and grounds department. The area where flowers and plants were once sold now appears overgrown with grass and weeds. A township sign is posted in front of the site that reads “maintenance” and “seasonal help wanted.”

“I recognize that some people think it’s overgrown with weeds, but all the weeds are behind the fence line,” Viviano said. “The question is, how much effort do you put in? That site is so big. The weeds that most people see are in the concrete cracks. It’s very hard to maintain with just running a mower over it. It would have to all be hand done.”    

The township purchased the site, which consists of 18 acres of land, for $1.5 million.

The old Town Hall is on the site of the property. Viviano said the township will look at relocating that building to the current Town Hall campus, south of 25 Mile Road, near Broughton Road.

While not working for the township when the site was purchased, Viviano said he’s heard multiple stories about why the land was bought.

“I’ve concluded that the previous administration purchased it solely because the old Town Hall was located on that property,” he said. “They paid the price that included the value of the old business, which was an enormous mistake on behalf of the township. That put the township in a very bad position.”

Looking at the township as a whole, Viviano said they look at all properties it owns and every opportunity as one big pool of opportunities.

“Everything is on the table, as far as we’re concerned,” Viviano.

He said what changed the dynamic was, in the spring, when the township was donated about 14 acres of land to use as a park. The plan is for Pitchford Park to open north of 22 Mile Road, west of Romeo Plank Road.

“That makes what we’re going to do with the former Wade property speculative,” Viviano added. “Our focus is on the Pitchford Park property.”

In June, Macomb Township resident Kathy Western posted on Facebook that it is understandable that the township may have changed direction in regard to how to utilize the old nursery site.

“Did they have to let it deteriorate so badly?” she asked. “It is an eyesore, and they should be embarrassed to have the township sign on it.”

Viviano has thought about installing a screen to block off the front of the site.

“It’s not something we’re going to be able to invest a lot of money to maintain at the moment,” he said. “It’s a property without a purpose.”

In 2019, Parks and Recreation Director Sal DiCaro said the department probably will develop something on the north end of the property that is park-related.

In a September 2020 planning commission meeting, member Charlie Oliver said the township had intentions of a dog park being at the site.

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