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BankSupplies.com – 770 James L Hart Parkway: BankSupplies submitted an application to the Office of Community Standards requesting the consideration of the Planning Commission and the Board of Trustees to amend the existing PD Stage II Site Plan and associated Development Agreement in order to permit the establishment of an office and warehouse/distribution facility to be located within the existing 26,000 square foot building at 770 James L. Hart Parkway. The parcel was formally utilized as the University Chevrolet and later the Carnahan Chevrolet dealership, and most recently the Burning Bush Church of God. The change of use from a dealership to the Burning Bush Church required a previous amendment to the PD. BankSupplies is a wholesaler and distributor of banking supplies, specifically to financial institutions and casinos. BankSupplies desires to use the existing 26,000 square foot building as their headquarters and offices, and a warehouse and distribution center. They have 30 employees now and expect to grow in the near future. There are two parcels that were used by Burning Bush, 770 and 660 James L. Hart Parkway. Only 770 James L. Hart Parkway is part of the original PD, and thus a PD amendment is only required the 770 James L Hart Parkway parcel. 660 James L. Hart Parkway permits the use applied. The Planning Commission will hold and may make a recommendation at the November 12, 2019 meeting.

 

Crystal Ponds - 6888 Sweet Water Drive: This development was originally approved in 1999 and 20 home sites were built. Lombardo Homes is purchasing the property and restarting the project. This is a revision to an expired final site plan by a new developer. The site plan revisions will require approval by the Planning Commission. The master deed and development agreement revisions will require approval by the Township Board of Trustees. Lombardo Homes will complete 68 of 70 remaining home sites, for a total of 90 with a single HOA. The last two sites are privately owned and future build is undetermined. Lombardo Homes will repair the base private road and finish the top layer, repair curb sections, complete sidewalks, walking trails and landscaping, enhance the front entrances, and replace street signs. Their goal is to obtain 10-12 foundation permits by late fall for winter construction. The preliminary site plans will be reviewed at the November 12, 2019 Planning Commission meeting. The Township Board should expect the development agreement on a future meeting agenda.

 

Animal Clinic Expansion – 5178 Whittaker Road: An application has been submitted for a 1,200 square foot addition to the existing animal clinic at 5178 Whittaker Road. The addition is located to the west of the existing building, which is currently paved and used for parking. Site access will remain off the existing curb cut on Whittaker Road. The Planning Commission will need to consider both preliminary site plan review and special use for a vet office. We await the second preliminary site plan.

 

Los Amigos Restaurant Parking Lot Expansion – 2851 East Michigan Avenue: After five years, the Los Amigos Restaurant parking lot expansion is complete. Los Amigos expanded their existing parking lot from 37 parking spaces to 109 total spaces.

 

R&L Carriers – 43 Emerick Street: R&L Carriers has proposed an expansion to the existing facility. The total building expansion is approximately an additional 56,820 square feet. The majority of the expansion is a 45,900 square foot addition to the existing easternmost building. The addition requires the relocation and additional stormwater detention facility which will be located on eastern-most parcel, which is currently zoned RM-2, Multiple Family Residential. The applicant is seeking a conditional rezoning to rezone that parcel from RM-2, Multiple Family Residential to I-1, Light Industrial. The area proposed for rezoning will not include any buildings. Rather, it will be used for a detention basin, and a small part as a temporary construction area. The site is three parcels under common ownership and will need to be combined into a single parcel. After significant site plan changes, another pre-application meeting was held on October 31, 2019. R&L Carriers plans to use Minion Street as a means of access and move their maintenance facilities to the southern parcel. We await the first preliminary site plan.

 

Sauter/Bullock Private Road – 6501 Munger Road: The proposed private road intends to serve four (4) lots for the Sauter Family and two (2) lots for the Bullock Family. The Sauter Family indicated future splits on the site plan. The private road may serve, in the future, eight (8) lots. The applicants have requested two (2) variances (one driveway serving two (2) parcels and exceeding the maximum length of a private road by approximately 180 feet) from the Township Board of Trustees. The two (2) variances were denied at the September 17, 2019 Township Board of Trustees meeting. After a new submission, a public hearing for the two (2) variances will occur on November 19, 2019.

 

Comfort Inn & Suites – 800 South Hewitt Road: The proposed project includes a 76-room, 4-story Comfort Inn & Suites hotel. The site is on the south side of West Michigan Avenue, in between the Wendy’s to the east and the former Ford UAW building to the west. There will be one point of access to the site off the shared drive to the former Ford UAW facility, which is accessed off S. Hewitt Road. The hotel is pursuing a height variance and will be on the November 6, 2019 Zoning Board of Appeals agenda. The preliminary site plan will be on the November 12, 2019 Planning Commission agenda.

 

Kalitta Turbines Addition – 2850 Tyler Road: Kalitta Turbines has been in the business of maintaining, servicing, and repairing TFE731, CJ610, and CF700 engines since 1986. They are proposing to demolish approximately 38,000 square feet of the current building and add a 48,000 square foot addition. The new building portion will be approximately 10,000 square feet. The expansion will accommodate an additional engine model line. There will be a total of 42 employees on site after this project is completed (currently 32 employees with the proposed 10 new employees). There is only one (1) working shift. There are currently retired airplanes stored outside; however, the applicant stated that the planes are to be removed from the site. No outdoor storage is proposed for when the site is finished. The site is zoned I-C, Industrial Commercial. The Planning Commission approved the Class A Designation and preliminary site plan with conditions on August 13, 2019. The pre-construction meeting occurred on October 1, 2019 and construction is underway.

 

Yankee Air Museum (YAM) – 1 Liberator Way: The Yankee Air Museum proposes renovation of the existing historic Willow Run bomber plant with a building addition including a conference center. The Planning Commission recommended approval with conditions of the revised PD Stage I plans at the May 28, 2019 meeting. The plans continue to evolve and may need to return to Planning Commission if any changes are deemed major.

 

Round Haus Party Shoppe – 5970 Bridge Road: An application has been submitted for the demolition of the existing convenience store, which is 3,290 square feet in floor area, and the construction of a new 6,000 square foot retail building along with a 4 pump island fuel station on the parcels located at 5970 Bridge Road and 10191 Textile Road. The proposed construction would take place on what are now two separate parcels, which would be combined to form one 0.83-acre parcel. A preliminary site plan and a special conditional use permit for this project were approved with conditions by the Planning Commission on June 28, 2016. Subsequently, two dimensional variances were approved with conditions by the Zoning Board of Appeals on July 20, 2016. The special conditional use permit and variances are still valid since these approvals run with the land. The preliminary site plan approval expired since construction did not commence within one year of approval. An updated preliminary site plan was approved with conditions at the May 28, 2019 Planning Commission meeting. We await revised detailed engineering plans.

 

Holiday Inn Express and Suites - 460 & 350 Joe Hall Drive: The proposed project includes a 107- room, 4-story, Holiday Inn Express and Suites hotel. The site is currently vacant, and directly south of the Hampton Inn and Suites site and west of the strip mall that includes the Leo Coney Island, Jets Pizza, and Powerhouse Gym. We await the third preliminary site plan.

 

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Majestic Ponds: This development includes 37 single family detached units on 50-foot wide lots located adjacent to Textile Road. Majestic Ponds is located next to The Ponds at Lakewood which includes sixteen (16) attached multiple-family units that have already been constructed. PD Stage II plans were approved at the November 22, 2017 by the Township Board. Floor plans and elevations will come back to the Township Board for approval prior to issuance of building permits and construction for those phases. The Planning Department is reviewing elevations and legal counsel is reviewing additional legal documents. Final approval came before the Board of Trustees on May 21, 2019. The pre-construction meeting took place on February 22, 2019.

The Ponds at Lakewood: Approved and constructed development of sixteen (16) attached multiple-family units located adjacent to Textile Road.

Nautica Pointe: Approved and under construction development of 142 multiple-family units located adjacent to Tuttle Hill Road.

Village at Majestic Lakes: This development includes 115 single family detached units on 60- foot wide lots located adjacent to Tuttle Hill Road. PD Stage II plans and elevations/floor plans were approved at the November 22, 2017 by the Township Board. Legal counsel is reviewing additional legal documents. Final approval came before the Board of Trustees on May 21, 2019. The pre-construction meeting for the east portion took place on February 22, 2019.

Majestic Lakes Estates: This development includes 81 single family detached units on 50-foot wide lots accessed through the Village of Majestic Lakes. PD Stage II plans were approved at the November 22, 2017 by the Township Board. Floor plans and elevations will come back to the Township Board for approval prior to issuance of building permits and construction for those phases. The Planning Department is reviewing elevations and legal counsel is reviewing additional legal documents. Final approval came before the Board of Trustees on May 21, 2019. The pre-construction meeting took place on February 22, 2019. 

Lakewood Estates: Approved and under construction development of 62 single family detached units accessed through the Village of Majestic Lakes.

 

Earth Balancing and Excavation at Creekside Village North - 6601 Tuttle Hill Road: On May 28, 2019, the Planning Commission approved, with conditions, an application to move, and then grade, approximately 10,000 cubic yards of fill material from trench and basement excavations at Lombardo projects Majestic Lakes Estates (Charter Township of Ypsilanti), The Village at Majestic Lakes (Charter Township of Ypsilanti), The Ponds at Majestic Lakes (Charter Township of Ypsilanti), and Arbor Ridge (Charter Township of Pittsfield) to the northeast corner of the Creekside Village North development.

 

American Center for Mobility (ACM) – 2930 Ecorse Road: Located on the site of the historic Willow Run property, the American Center for Mobility is a testing, research and certification center for the next generation of automated vehicles. With features like double overpasses, railroad crossings, highway loops, and a tunnel, the site provides a cost-effective way to replicate real-world situations in a single location. The estimated investment into the community is stated at over $120 million. Phase 1A of this project has final site plan approval. The Amendment for Phase 1A Campus Build-Out preliminary site plan was approved conditionally at Planning Commission on March 13, 2018. The final site plan was approved at the May 10, 2018 special Planning Commission meeting. The pre-construction meeting took place on May 15, 2018. We await the plans for the Technology Park.

 

Cell Tower - 6400 Textile: Cell tower was approved by the Township Board on March 6, 2018. Final site plan was approved on April 30, 2018. Construction started on June 18, 2018. All grading and aggregate surface placement is complete. The site needs additional restoration around the landscaping and fence prior to completion.

 

Sunco Quick Oil Lube - 2380 East Michigan Avenue: On May 3, 2018, we met with the applicant and MDOT to discuss options for the driveway cut issue. At this time, there are a couple options for plan revisions. Attempts have been made to contact the neighboring property owner at 2340 East Michigan Avenue. We await the fourth preliminary site plan.

 

Hampton Inn and Suites – 515 James L Hart Parkway: The proposed project includes an 88- room, 4-story, 54-foot tall Hampton Inn hotel. The site is currently vacant, and directly west of the strip mall that includes the Leo Coney Island, Jets Pizza, and Powerhouse Gym. This item was approved conditionally at the August 28, 2018 Planning Commission meeting. Detailed engineering plans and final site plan were approved. The pre-construction meeting occurred on April 2, 2019 and construction is underway.

 

Wayne County Airport Authority – 830 Willow Run Airport Road: The Willow Run Airport is constructing a 6,000 square foot administrative facility and an associated parking area, within the southwest portion of the existing Willow Run Airport site. The Wayne County Airport Authority states the intent of the proposed building is to support airport operations. Construction is underway.

 

Plans or Projects in Process

Ypsilanti Township 2040:

• Master Plan: The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at the November 26, 2019 meeting. After the public hearing, the Planning Commission may choose to recommend the draft Master Plan to the Township Board of Trustees.
• Zoning Ordinance Rewrite: The Planning Commission continues to provide input on the process and expectations for the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite. The process not only addresses technical items but also creates zoning regulations to implement the vision in the draft Master Plan.

 

Woodlands Ordinance eview: The Woodlands Ordinance is currently under review. An update to the Township Woodland Protection Ordinance, Chapter 24, Article III would help redevelopment on smaller parcels and strategically protect the woodlands in the Township.

 

Washtenaw Avenue Sidewalk: The sidewalk project on Washtenaw Avenue extends from Golfside Road to Boston Avenue on the north side of Washtenaw Avenue. The bid was awarded and the project will be constructed next spring.

 

If you should have any question or comments as it relates to this report, please contact Charlotte Wilson by contact form or call (734) 544 - 3651.

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