Planners Approve RX Optical, Postpone Vote on 40-Unit Condo Development

 04/14/2017 - 18:28

Here are notes from the Saline Planning Commission, based on draft minutes posted Friday:

RX Optical Plans Michigan Avenue Location

Planners approved a site plan for RX Optical, a Michigan company which plans to build a retail outlet at 930 E. Michigan Ave., on vacant land adjacent to The Oaks Shopping Plaza. Jim Junga, owner of Ace Hardware, spoke during a public hearing. He said he was supportive of new business but worried about the impact of trucks waiting to unload in the parking lot. The applicant told planners he believed issues could be resolved.

RX Optical was founded in 1947 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Maple Coves Action Postponed

City planners voted to postpone action on a proposal for a 40-unit condo development at 7687 Maple Road. Mark Lewis, of Huntington Homes, LLC, appeared before the commission seeking preliminary site plan approval for Maple Cove Condominiums, between the Echo Court condos and the new Maple Oaks development on North Maple Road, across from the library.

Units will range from 1,150 to 1,450 square feet and will cost $210,000 to $260,000. The developer plans 10 carriage units, 10 ranch units and 20 duplexes.

The 40-unit development would be built on a 4-acre parcel.

During a public hearing, several residents expressed concerns. Among the concerns:

  • Proximity to their homes.
  • Light pollution.
  • Increase in traffic.
  • Drainage and storm sewers.
  • Height of the two story buildings and privacy.
  • Lack of handicapped parking.
  • Not enough room for firetrucks to turn around.
  • Fencing/landscape barriers between the development and the Echo Court development.

All but one of six speakers were residents of Echo Court.

Lewis attempted to ease concerns about drainage and space between buildings. He said he planned to address concerns about sidewalks, lighting and parking.

Though Mayor Brian Marl and Vice-Chair Cheryl Hoeft expressed support of the project, planning commission voted to postpone action until April 26.

Hotel Height

The hotel planned for Saline is three stories tall, which would be in violation of zoning for the property.

The city attorney is drafting an amendment to the ordinance which would include hotels to exceed heights established in the city code. Such an amendment would have to be approved by planners after a public hearing.

 

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