The 17-acre parcel is on the east side of Livernois Road, south of Maple Road.

The 17-acre parcel is on the east side of Livernois Road, south of Maple Road.

Photo by Terry Oparka

Troy City Council gives apartments green light on blighted site

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 12, 2018


TROY — A $55 million apartment development, Midtown Apartments, will proceed on the site of an existing FedEx distribution center after the Troy City Council unanimously approved a brownfield redevelopment plan. 

Under the plan, up to $929,857 would be available to reimburse the developer for eligible costs to clean up the site, which contains an underground storage tank and is adjacent to Park Street, east of Livernois Road and south of Maple Road. 

The estimated tax value of the completed project is $10 million. The reimbursement would come from tax increment financing. The base tax value for the property in 2017 was $1.84 million. 

Glenn Lapin, Troy’s economic development specialist, told the council during a public hearing on the plan May 21 that the proposed 383-unit apartment complex will encompass 10 buildings and will feature a dog park, a community park, a playground and a clubhouse on the 17-acre parcel. 

In a letter last September to Mark Miller, then the director of economic growth and development for the city, Troy building official Mitchell Grusnick stated that “the site is virtually completely covered with broken asphalt, brick pavers, concrete paving and curbs, all with below-ground subbase.” 

“In addition, there are several below-ground foundations that previously supported light poles, pylon sign and masonry walls. 

“Lastly, there are two exposed storm sewer catch basins connected to a below-ground sewer that need to be removed. … The exposed conduit, foundations and other construction debris present a hazard to children and all humans.” 

“It’s quite the blighted piece of property right now,” said Mayor Dane Slater at the public hearing.

“This is a fantastic plan,” Councilman David Hamilton said at the May 21 hearing. 

The council unanimously continued the public hearing for its June 4 meeting, then approved the brownfield redevelopment plan. 

Slater thanked the developer, Manny Kianicky, of S.R. Jacobson Development Corp. 

“That location needed an uplift,” Slater said. 

No one from the public spoke on the matter. 

Demolition of the FedEx center is planned for the next few weeks. The first phase of construction is slated to begin this summer. 

The development will phase in over a four-year period, with a final completion date slated for fall 2021.