Troy Planning Commission OKs 48-unit townhome project

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 9, 2020

 Plans were approved for 48 townhomes on this 3-acre parcel.

Plans were approved for 48 townhomes on this 3-acre parcel.

Map by Jason Clancy

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TROY — Although the April 28 Planning Commission meeting was virtual, plans for a 48-unit townhome development will proceed in real time on 3 acres just south of Square Lake Road, west of Dequindre Road.

The Planning Commission voted 8-0 to approve the preliminary site plan for the Eureka Building Co. during a meeting conducted on Zoom. Planning Commissioner Michael Hutson lost connection and was unable to vote.

Nobody from the public submitted a comment.

The Planning Commission approved the first phase of this project, 14 units north of the current project, on just under an acre, in a 6-3 vote at its Jan. 14 meeting. Planning Commission Chair Tom Krent, Planning Vice Chair Dave Lambert and Planning Commissioners Karen Crusse, Carlton Faison, Sadek Rahman and John Tagle approved it. Planning Commissioners Ollie Apahidean, Tom Hutson and Marianna Perakis voted no.

Apahidean expressed concerns that cross access to the nearby retail businesses would cause cut-through traffic and traffic concerns.

Faison said he felt the access would be a benefit.

“This is not a one-off or unique circumstance,” Ben Carlisle, of Carlisle/Wortman, the city’s planning consultant, told the Planning Commission at the January meeting, referring to the access to the adjoining parking lot.

Carlisle told the Planning Commission April 28 that Phase 2 of the townhouse project includes 48 units in four- and six-unit buildings of two and three stories, comprising 11 building clusters. The parcel is zoned Neighborhood Node residential, and townhomes are permitted by right. The 1,646-square-foot units will have two-car, rear-accessed garages.

The development will have access points from Square Lake and Dequindre roads, and access from an adjoining strip mall, Carlisle noted.

Erion Nikolla, of Eureka Building Co., told the Planning Commissioners he believes the development features desired walkability from the community to nearby shopping.

“We see this as an ideal community to be built,” he said.

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