The southeast corner of 14 Mile and Telegraph roads is the site of planned senior housing.

The southeast corner of 14 Mile and Telegraph roads is the site of planned senior housing.

Photo by Deb Jacques

Senior housing proposed for 14 and Telegraph

Public hearing, possible vote scheduled for Feb. 25

By: Linda Shepard | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published February 18, 2019


BINGHAM FARMS — Developers aim to construct senior housing on 9 acres of vacant land at the southeast corner of 14 Mile and Telegraph roads.

“As people become elderly, they want to stay around their family and friends,” said developer Mark Kadian, of Etkin Equities LLC. “More and more of these projects will be needed.”

The planned unit development project would also include an office building. An existing home on 14 Mile Road is proposed to be removed, and a two-story, 90-unit assisted living memory care senior living facility would be built on the site, along with a two-story, 39,800-square-foot office building.

Kadian said the new senior development has involved an ongoing process with village officials.

“Senior living was brought before the village several years ago,” he said. “It has been a long process of dialogue with the village.”

“Our ordinances require a hearing before the (village) Design Review Board,” Bingham Farms Village Executive Ken Marten said. “That occurred in September. They recommended that it not be approved. Then the Planning Commission heard the proposal in January, and they recommended approval, with certain conditions. In between, the applicant made some changes to the proposal. The office building was proposed at three stories, and they changed it to two, and the building was moved closer to Telegraph Road to the east.”

The property is currently zoned residential. A parking lot for 143 spaces is proposed, along with a covered drop-off area for the senior living building. A fenced courtyard is proposed, along with a memory care garden and a patio.

A concrete walkway with benches would connect the senior building to a gazebo for pedestrian connectivity, and the development would include open space, landscaping and berms.

“This is an upscale development intended to serve the community,” Kadian said. “This really is a need. All of our families are impacted — you want to be able to move (elderly relatives) to a place that is beautiful.”

Next, the proposal is headed for a public hearing, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Bingham Farms Elementary School, located at  23400 W. 13 Mile Road. All are invited to attend.

“The applicant will make a presentation,” Marten said. “The (Village) Council could approve or deny it, or approve it with conditions, that night.”