PUD moves forward for assisted living, single-family units in Macomb Township

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published October 22, 2019

 A general design plan for Deerbrook PUD was approved Oct. 15. The area is on the north side of 23 Mile Road, east of Card Road. The plan calls for 85 assisted living units, 28 detached ranch style condominiums, and 192 single-family units.

A general design plan for Deerbrook PUD was approved Oct. 15. The area is on the north side of 23 Mile Road, east of Card Road. The plan calls for 85 assisted living units, 28 detached ranch style condominiums, and 192 single-family units.

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The plan for additional assisted living units in Macomb Township recently received approval.

A general design plan for Deerbrook PUD, or planned unit development, was heard at the Oct. 15 Macomb Township Planning Commission meeting. The area is on the north side of 23 Mile Road, a half mile east of Card Road.

The plan calls for 85 assisted living units, 28 detached ranch style condominium units and 192 single-family units.

In a 6-0 vote, the commission decided to move forward with the PUD. It also approved the preliminary site condominium for single-family units.    

Development of the single-family units would begin first.

Macomb Township Planning Consultant Patrick Meagher said the township benefits from this development because it can align Deerbrook Drive with Remar Farms Drive, and the plan deals with a larger issue of sewer main costs from 23 Mile Road north a half mile, the length of the property.

“It also introduces mix uses which is consistent with the PUD,” he said.

The commission was tasked with determining if the request meets the zoning requirements, that it meets eight standards for special land use, and that the PUD benefits outweigh a conventional development.     

John Dell’Isola, of PEA, a civil engineering, land surveying and landscape architecture consulting firm, said he looked at individual rezonings and wanted to create a homogenous development of different residential uses.

“We didn’t want to risk someone coming down the road and saying they want to put a strip retail center up, instead of assisted living, and it’s gone,” he said.

He said the plan calls for a single-family product, multifamily product geared toward seniors, and a senior living facility.

“We think ... the introduction of single-family lots in this area (supports) the surrounding economy, rather than duplicate and have more empty shopping centers,”  Dell’Isola said. “We thought this was a great use of the site.”

The senior living facility would be located closer to 23 Mile Road, with ease of access in mind for emergency vehicles.

In regard to the convenience of the proposed location as it relates to a special land use, he said the northwest corner of 23 Mile and Card roads is undeveloped.

Dell’Isola indicated there is a possibility the senior living facility, proposed for two stories, could be three stories.

If the project is approved by the Board of Trustees, construction would begin by the end of 2020.

Also at the meeting, rezoning requests for residential family medium density and residential multiple family high density were postponed to the commission’s Nov. 5 meeting.

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