Planning Commission approves plans for Beaumont Urgent Care in Troy

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 25, 2019


TROY — Plans have been approved for a one-story, 5,000-square-foot Beaumont Urgent Care facility on just over half an acre at the northwest corner of Dequindre and Square Lake roads.

The Planning Commission voted 7-0 to approve the preliminary site plan at a Sept. 10 meeting. Planning Commission Chair Carlton Faison and Planning Commissioner Karen Crusse were absent.

The site is zoned for commercial use in an area designated as a neighborhood node, and medical office buildings are allowed in that district.

According to the city of Troy website, “Neighborhood nodes are the concentrated, commercial and mixed-use centers situated at major intersections of Troy thoroughfares that serve as the center of the city’s economic neighborhoods.”

“It’s been zoned commercial for a long time,” Community Development Director R. Brent Savidant told the planning commissioners. He explained that there have been two other applications to develop the site since 2002 — a drugstore with a drive-thru, which Savidant said “drew significant opposition” from nearby residents,  and a restaurant/coffee shop with a drive-thru, which also sparked opposition.

“A medical office building is about as good as it gets,” Savidant said, addressing the impact on the adjacent neighbors. “We want to find the balance between property owners and neighbors.”

Antoine Kaspo, the developer, described the building — being constructed with a mix of brick, limestone and silver panels — as “kind of an exciting building.”

Kaspo said that Beaumont Urgent Care is excited and wants to be in Troy.

He said that there are plans to develop an adjoining parcel as a medical office. No plans for that have been submitted to the Planning Department.

Savidant explained via email that the Planning Department mailed out notices to abutting neighbors the week before the request came before the Planning Commission.

“It was not required by zoning ordinance. We did it as a courtesy,” he said.

The approved plans include a request to place the building 14 feet back from Dequindre Road and 11 feet from Square Lake Road, rather than the required 10 feet from the roadway, and they include 31 parking spaces.

Briarwood resident Alok Rathod said he would really appreciate an urgent care in his neighborhood, but he expressed concern about the lighting and about future development adjacent to the urgent care.

Ben Carlisle, of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, the city’s planning consultant, said the parking lot lights are required by city ordinance to be dimmed between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

“We don’t know what will be developed by the same owner, but the same zoning requirements would apply,” Carlisle said.