Troy Planning Commission OKs plans for seven homes

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 12, 2019

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TROY — Agreeing that the plans are a good fit for a neighborhood south of Square Lake Road and west of John R Road, the Troy Planning Commission gave the green light to a developer who plans to build seven homes on the 2.76-acre site.

The Planning Commission voted 8-0 to approve preliminary site plans submitted by developer Gary Abitheira at an Oct. 22 meeting.

Planning Commissioner John Tagle was absent.

A home and two garages are currently on the site at the dead end of Viking Drive.

“We’re saving trees, connecting a road and building beautiful houses that fits what’s there,” Abitheira told the Planning Commission.

The submitted plans feature three floor plans for the homes, which Abitheira said will feature first-floor master bedrooms in approximately 3,000-square-foot homes priced between $575,000 and $600,000.

Abitheira said that buyers want first-floor master bedrooms.

The plans connect Viking Drive and Hopedale Road, extending Viking Drive by 350 feet. The newly created public road meets city right of way requirements. Five-foot-wide sidewalks will be constructed on Hopedale Road.

Ben Carlisle, of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, the city’s planning consultant, said the plans preserve 16 of the 33 trees on the site, and the Planning Department recommended approval of the plans.

Community Development Director R. Brent Savidant said the seven homes are a by-right use of the site, which is zoned as one-family residential.

“The main reason we bought the house was the dead end,” said Costeiu Mireca, a resident on Viking Drive. “Had I known it was a problem, I wouldn’t have bought the house. I feel the value of the houses will go down.” He added that he believes the development will create pass-through traffic.