Troy City Council will consider plans for senior living center/dog park

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 18, 2015

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The Troy City Council will likely decide whether to approve a planned unit development for a senior assisted living facility that would make a proposed city dog park a done deal.

A public hearing on the Stone Crest planned unit development is scheduled for the  Nov. 23 City Council meeting.

After a Sept. 22 public hearing on the proposed development, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the Troy City Council approve plans for the facility, which would be next to city-owned property on the east side of Livernois that is slated for a dog park.

In a PUD, the developer is typically given flexibility on ordinance requirements in return for preserving natural features on the site. In this case, the developer is asking the city to allow the height of the two-story building to exceed the 30-foot maximum by 8 feet.

North Point Development is proposing to build a 70,000-square-foot, 100-bed senior assisted living facility and memory care residential complex, with 37 parking spaces, on the east side of Livernois, north of Big Beaver Road. The 9.59 acres are zoned single-family residential and are located just north of the 16.5-acre planned dog park.

Because of the site limitations due to the wetlands and floodplain, the developer is proposing to use the city’s dog park site for stormwater management.

“This is a true partnership,” said Planning Director Brent Savidant. “This expands the development potential. The Stone Crest property helps the city move forward with plans on development for the park. The dog park is a high priority. It’s the second-most desired park facility next to the trails and pathways.”

He noted that the third phase of the proposed city trails and pathways system is slated to end at the dog park.

Kurt Bovensiep, public works manager, said the park and assisted living center would share parking and a retention pond.

The developer’s cost for the dog park wasn’t available at press time. The final preliminary site plan for the PUD will be presented to the council for its review at the public hearing.

The plans that the Planning Commission recommended for approval included 80 parking spaces for the dog park on city property, which would be shared if additional parking were needed at the center, with the provision for revisions to the plans with regard to lighting, landscaping, inclusion of bike parking and trash enclosure screening. The developer also included a plaza, a trailhead and sidewalks in the park, and a sidewalk on Livernois Road, and would contribute an additional $50,000 toward development of the dog park, including paths and trails.

At the public hearing in September, Mark Pomerenke, vice president of North Point Development, the developer on the project, told the Planning Commission that the company enjoyed working with the city and added that company officials met with neighborhood associations. He said he believes North Point addressed neighbors’ concerns.

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