Saline City Council News In Brief: Andelina Farms Deal, City Considers Apartments for East Michigan Avenue Proposal

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 12/03/2019 - 03:18

There were two major issues discussed at Monday's meeting of Saline City Council

Andelina Farms Agreement

Council came out of a 66-minute closed session with details on an agreement with Saline Ventures - the developers behind Andelina Farms - the proposed 284-unit development planned just west of the city limits, between Michigan Avenue and Austin Road.

Mayor Brian Marl said the deal provides two routes for the city and Andelina Farms. The first route has the project being developed with a private wastewater treatment system. However, the wastewater treatment system would have another $250,000 in technology upgrades to help ensure a safer environment and cleaner discharges into the tributary.

And then there is the second route, which is considerably more challenging. This option has the city and Saline Ventures agreeing to develop the property as a city subdivision. The city would have to determine the cost of extending utilities, negotiate an annexation agreement with Saline Township and come to an agreement with the developer by January. Marl said he believed while this option was more ambitious, it was his preferred plan. Marl indicated Saline Ventures was willing to front more money for the extension of utilities than it was during preliminary discussions.

As a result of the deal, the city has dropped its legal challenge to the developer's plans for a wastewater treatment system that would discharge effluent in a tributary of the Saline River in the city.

Council voted 6-1 on this deal. Christen Mitchell was the lone dissenter.

More on this story Tuesday.

Lot 20A

Officials from GBA Development LLC presented their plan for Lot 20 A, the last city-owned parcel with frontage on Michigan Avenue. GBA Development and the city have agreed on a purchase agreement to sell the property for $815,000. That purchase agreement expires soon. In fact, council will consider extending the purchase agreement at its next meeting.

GBA representative Matt Attard told council the firm has lined up a grocer (or food store) to take the property long Michigan Avenue. There will also be a second building with up to three restaurants - one of which would have a drive-through.

The sticking point appears to be GBA's desire for an assisted living home on the back part of the parcel. At least three members of council expressed some level of discomfort with that idea.

Mayor Brian Marl suggested the idea of multifamily housing. Attard said GBA was open to the idea and might have pitched that, but didn't believe the city was open to it. Marl polled council members - and they were split down the middle on assisted living and multifamily housing.

 

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