Deer Ridge Housing Development Gets the Green Light in York Township

 04/14/2016 - 01:13

Ronald E. Cook, the Deer Ridge developer, was present at the York Township board meeting April 12 as the plans were approved. 

After more than four years in the making, the Deer Ridge housing development has finally approved by York Township.

The property consists of almost 80 acres on the north side of Judd Road just east of Moon Road, in the Saline Area Schools district. The plan calls for 49 single-family condos in three phases.

The first phase includes 11 homes with access from Judd Road. Homes in the second phase will have access through Londonderry Drive to the west.

Ronald E. Cook, the developer, was present at the York Township board meeting April 12 as the plans were approved. Earlier the township had received a check from the developer for $100,000 for the private road bond, and another check for $100,000 for the performance bond.

Cook sat and listened as the board voted to approve the revised plans.

“We still have to schedule the pre-construction meeting,” noted Helen Neill, York Township clerk.

This subdivision was a long time coming, as it was before the township planning commission in 2012. The construction was held up by the developer’s lack of permits from the Washtenaw County Road Commission, drain commissioner, and other such agencies.

“We had some trials to get to the goal line,” commented owner Paul Elkow by phone.

Elkow is optimistic about demand for new homes in the area, citing Toyota’s expansion, among other things. “There are not a lot of available lots out there for the demand in that area,” he explained.

According to Elkow, purchasers can “tell us what they want” in a new home.

“We hope to have the roads in by June 15,” he added. “We are ready to go.”


Martha Churchill
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