At the City Council’s Dec. 6 meeting, council approved about $249,000 to purchase property near Edinborough Lane.

At the City Council’s Dec. 6 meeting, council approved about $249,000 to purchase property near Edinborough Lane.

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Novi City Council approves purchase of land along Beck Road

By: Brian Wells | Novi Note | Published December 22, 2021

 The goal of the purchase is to both preserve woodlands and improve Beck Road.

The goal of the purchase is to both preserve woodlands and improve Beck Road.

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The city of Novi will be purchasing about 8 acres of property along Beck Road.

At the City Council’s Dec. 6 meeting, council approved approximately $249,000 to purchase property near Edinborough Lane. The goal of the purchase is to preserve woodlands while also keeping it available in case it is needed for the Beck Road improvement program, Novi City Manager Pete Auger said.

The two parcels, which are located along Beck Road, south of 10 Mile Road, total 7.81 acres.

The Beck Road improvement program is aimed at improving traffic along Beck from Six Mile Road north to Wixom and Commerce Township. As part of the program, bits of easement up and down the roadway are required to be purchased, Auger said at the Dec. 6 meeting. In addition, in case there is any wetland mitigation needed once the final design is done, the land can be used for that, he said.

Once the project is done, the land would be protected in perpetuity.

The $249,000 purchase won’t be from the city’s tree fund, Auger said. Instead, it will be purchased through the city’s general fund. While it could be purchased from the city’s tree fund, this will give the City Council the opportunity to determine how much is put into a land conservancy or mitigation once the project is complete.

Currently, Auger isn’t sure if any trees will need to be removed.

Council unanimously approved the purchase.

At the Dec. 6 meeting, City Councilman Justin Fischer said the council received a lot of comments regarding development in the city and making sure tax dollars were going toward preserving these parcels when they come up.

“What I saw was some nice pieces of wetlands on a major thoroughfare in the city that we could protect by making this purchase,” Fischer said. “This is what we need to be doing, is looking at these strategic places where we can protect the community character by buying up little pieces of parcels to protect some wetlands and woodlands.”

The second benefit to the purchase, Fischer said, is that if the city continues with the Beck Road project, the land can be used for improving the road and protecting the wetlands.

“So this is totally a win-win in my book,” Fischer said.

Contact Brian Wells at (586) 498-1081, (248) 291-7637 or bwells@candgnews.com.

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