Saline City Council approved Todd Trese’s request for a special land use permit, paving the way for a new indoor sports facility that will serve Saline’s youth.
The city’s planning commission had previously given the thumbs up to Trese’s request.
Trese is planning a private youth sports center at 1200 Woodland Drive East. He’s purchasing the property from Klingelnberg America, which operated in space rented from Liebherr before the company moved into the old Redies building at 118 E. Michigan Ave.
Trese told city council he plans to open an indoor facility for kids training in sports like basketball, volleyball, soccer, field hockey and others.
“There’s a large need for youth training and indoor sports,” Trese said.
Councilor David Rhoads asked Trese who the facility aimed to serve: Elite high school athletes? Beginners?
Trese said the facility would serve all levels and all age youth groups.
Rhoads said he was generally supportive of the plan and that we was glad to see another opportunity for youth to be active.
Councilor Terri Sibo-Koenig, who spent years driving her son to Wixom to practice lacrosse, said the facility would be well received.
City Superintendent Gary Roubal told city council the planning commission members were happy to see 1200 Woodland Drive would be put to good use. Planners originally approved a Pavel Pop’s site plan for the property in 2005. Pop’s plans were foiled by the recession and he sold to Klingelnberg in 2012.
According to a Roubal’s memo to the planning commission, the indoor sports facility fits the area. It’s not far from Maplewood Lanes, the Rec Center and, most importantly, Saline Rec Center. Roubal noted that most of the activity would take place indoors and not disturb neighboring uses. The land is zoned for industrial use.
Trese said he hoped to close on the property by August.