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Planning Commission OKs plans for 5-story Marriott on Crooks

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published December 4, 2019

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TROY — A five-story, 138-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel, which the developer said will draw business travelers, will proceed on 1.5 acres on Crooks Road, near Corporate Drive.

The Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved the preliminary site plan and special use Nov. 12.

The zoning district for the 1.5-acre portion of the 6-acre site is office, mixed use. Hotels are a permitted use with a special land approval in the office, mixed-use zoning district.

This is phase two of the development planned on the entire 6-acre site. The first phase was developed with a Panera Bread restaurant and drive-thru, and a two-story mixed-use building. That parcel is zoned commercial business.

The entire site was rezoned from planned unit development to office, mixed use and commercial business uses in 2012.

There are no plans submitted for phase three of the development at this time.

Ben Carlisle, of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, the city’s planning consultant, told the Planning Commission that Troy’s master plan and future land use map designate the area as North Troy, which is home to over 5,000 daytime employees and 2,000 households, and it calls for “a compatible and vibrant mix of uses that will create a life and vibrancy, provide interconnections and a relationship with the adjacent neighborhoods, reduce automobile trips, and enhance walkability by providing destinations.”

Carlisle said the city’s traffic consultant, OHM Advisors, said that provided and shared parking for the hotel is sufficient.

Andy Andre, a spokesman for the developer, told the Planning Commission that the developer is very confident that there is enough parking available on the site.

Speaking to who the hotel’s target market is, Andre said, “It’s not just business travelers in Troy, but other areas, such as Auburn Hills. The market is not just capturing Troy, but beyond that.”

No one from the public spoke on the request.

“I’m pleased,” said Planning Commissioner Michael Hutson. “The rezoning (in 2012) is doing what we hoped it would do.”