A proposed residential development east of Saline took a step closer to reality during a Pittsfield Township Planning Commission meeting Thursday evening, Aug. 6. Donald and Marjorie Shelton own the parcels and have applied to re-zone their 26 acres from agricultural to R-2, or low-density residential, multiple family.
The city has spent months working with Damien Farrell, of Damien Farrell Design Group, in hopes of selling and developing 3.5 acres of city-owned land at 207 S. Monroe St. At the outset, the project had pushback from neighbors, who didn’t want to lose their peaceful backyards. Farrell’s plan for 14 units (duplexes) seemed to meet the reluctant satisfaction of residents because it disturbed less land. But as Farrell delved into the project, the economics didn’t work.