By DREW HOWARD
The Rochester Hills City Council approved conceptual plans for the development of nearly 400 luxury apartments on a former illegal landfill during their latest meeting on Monday, February 5.
Members of the Rochester Hills Planning and Economic Development team presented the council with two options for development on 28.5 acres located at the northeast corner of Hamlin and Adams roads. The first option, which was ultimately turned down, was an existing consent judgment allowing for 95,500 square feet of offices and 72,600 square feet of retail.
Council members voted unanimously to approve the alternative option, which proposes the development of 386 luxury apartments for residential use. Environmental clean up of the area is estimated at $12.67 million, and is significantly more expensive than estimates for the first option (3.5 million).
Sara Roediger, Planning and Economic director, explained to council members the reasoning behind the higher cleanup costs.
“Changing the use of this property from a non-residential to a residential use really increases the level of environmental cleanup on this property,” she explained. “Living on a property versus being able to come and go and work on a property involves different levels of environmental clean up.”
Council member Ryan Deel expressed favor for the plans despite some nitpicks.
“There are a lot of things about this project that we probably wouldn’t want, but this is the right move because this will clean up the property to residential standards,” Deel said. “This is the legacy we will leave for future generations.”
Vice President Stephanie Morita also shared some of her reservations with the plan involving the wording of the draft. She urged that the developers come before city council for final approval once they’ve worked out every detail of the plan.
Later in the meeting, McCardell shared her upcoming event “Java With Jenny” set to take place on Saturday, February 24. McCardell will be stationed at the Half Day Cafe starting at 9 a.m. to talk with community members about what they want to see accomplished in the city council.
Council members also plugged two upcoming fundraising events for Deputy David Hack, who was critically injured after he was hit by a car on January 4. He’s since been flown to Denver for further treatment at Craig Hospital.
The community is invited to attend two fundraisers in his honor. The first takes place on Thursday, February 8 at Sunrise of Rochester from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Attendees will be treated to a pasta dinner in exchange for a $10 donation to Deputy Hack and his family.
The second fundraiser, titled “Road To Recovery Benefit,” is scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 11 from 1 – 6 p.m. at the Shark Club in Waterford. For $20, attendees will have access to a buffet, soft drinks and entertainment.
The Rochester Hills City Council will hold its next meeting on Monday, February 26. You can watch all of the Rochester Hills City Council meetings in full on the YouTube Channel “Council