Rezoning request postponed for possible office site

Condominium plan, time extension approved

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published August 10, 2020


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A developer will have to wait a little longer to see if a professional office space can go up locally.

One item of new business at the Aug. 5 Macomb Township Planning Commission meeting was to examine whether to rezone a residential one-family suburban area to an office low rise. The area, which consists of two parcels of land, is on the northwest corner of 25 Mile and Broughton roads.

Macomb Township Planning Consultant David Scurto said he reviewed the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act and the Michigan Planning Enabling Act, and based on the zoning act, the township’s intent is to support what is in its master plan.

Based on what the township found, the planning act calls for the area to remain residential. The current township master plan does not support the zoning change, and Scurto recommended that the commission deny the request.

He advised the applicant, Salvatore DiMercurio, to wait until the master plan is better in line so the commission can see what it will do with the area.

“If we start rezoning parcels nonresidential on 25 Mile Road, it sets a precedent to allow for nonresidential development to creep up and down 25 Mile Road,” Scurto said, “thus watering down our efforts to try to get a downtown created a half-mile away.”

DiMercurio said he has owned the property for around nine years.

“I really don’t see it to be a prime location for a couple houses on that corner,” he said. “I would love to have a nice building at that corner just as you’re entering the future downtown. I think it would be a great landmark.”

He added that it would be a professional office, not commercial property.

Since the township is in the process of transitioning to a new master plan, which should be complete by the third quarter of 2021, the commission determined to postpone approving or denying the request until the master plan is in place.

Planning Commission Vice Chair Aaron Tuckfield said the question now was whether the property should be rezoned prior to the master plan being redone.

Once the plan is finished, the commission will review the rezoning.

Also at the meeting, the commission approved the final plan for Wolverine Estates North Site Condominiums. The land is on the west side of Luchtman Road, a half-mile north of 25 Mile Road.

Macomb Township Planning Director Josh Bocks said it is a residential development that is a continuation of other neighboring developments.

“Compared to other residential developments in the township, this is a relatively small number of houses, a dozen or so,” Bocks said.

The construction start date is to be determined.

Additionally, the commission granted a one-year extension of time for a site plan for Wellington Center. The site is located on the east side of Hayes Road, about a half-mile south of 23 Mile Road.

Bocks said the site plan was approved years ago. The area is where the former Berz-Macomb Airport was located.

“I believe only one piece has been constructed at this time,” he said. “Since it was approved, there is a new senior housing development in the area.”

This was the third extension of time granted for this property.