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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Troy Zoning Board of Appeals - August 2014 Meeting Recap

City staff has posted the video recording of the 8/19/14 Troy Zoning Board of Appeals meeting to YouTube. At the bottom of this post is the video. (The meeting actually starts at around the 45 second mark of the video.)

Click here to download the entire Agenda Packet from the August 19th meeting.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Judge Transfers Transit Center Title to Troy

Photo via Local 4 News
Last Friday (8/15/14), I posted the information below from Troy City Councilmember Dave Henderson on Twitter and on our Facebook page. In summary, here's what Councilman Henderson said, "The judge gave the title to the transit center to the city of Troy this morning, and ordered Troy to pay $1,050,000 (the appraised value) in our condemnation case."

Click any of the links below for local news coverage on the judge's decision below.
The Detroit News

Detroit Free Press

The Oakland Press

Troy Times

Crain's Detroit Business
According to Free Press reporter Marlon A. Walker, there may be other legal issues to resolve. "In addition to compensation for the land, Grand/Sakwa Properties has sought money to cover the shopping center’s anticipated costs of wear by transit riders on the access drives through the center’s property, use of its parking spaces by travelers and the added need for security."

This is good news and I hope a judge will quickly dismiss the rest of Grand/Sakwa's claims. After all, when the original consent order was entered into, Grand/Sakwa did not raise concerns about anticipated costs of wear by transit riders, added need for security, and/or use of its parking spaces.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Master Plan Update for the Rochester Road Corridor

Image via PlannersWeb
I appreciate the periodic updates from the the Troy-Somerset Gazette on the Troy Planning Commission's consideration of changes to Troy's Master Plan. According to reporter Cynthia Kmett in their 8/4/14 issue...
Development along the Rochester corridor has been inconsistent with a great deal of variation in the size and location of buildings. Zoning here is commercial business or general business. How to bring Rochester Road a more updated, fresh look is the planners’ goal in any changes to the Master Plan, which they have to consider every five years, although changes are not mandatory.
It will be a tough, but necessary job for Troy City staff and the Planning Commission to protect adjoining residential properties and still improve the aesthetics of the Rochester Road corridor.

Click here to view/print the rest of the article by Ms. Kmett.