‘Really exciting’: Apartments, mixed-use campus could come to Big Beaver

The Lindsey Center sits at 2690 Crooks Road. (Google Maps)

A vacant four-story office building on Crooks Road can now be redeveloped for residential uses.

Troy City Council approved a request to rezone the Lindsey Centre, at 2690 Crooks Road, from O (Office) to BB (Big Beaver) at its meeting Monday. Big Beaver zones permit multi-family residential uses.

The developer plans to convert the building into 64 apartment units, but there isn’t any obligation for them to do so, said Brent Savidant, community development director.

Property north of the building is being redeveloped into an apartment building and retail space by the same company, AF Jonna Development and Management.

Developer Jordan Jonna described the project as “a whole campus” and a “live-work-play situation” at the planning commission’s May 26 meeting.

Combined with another mixed-use redevelopment across the road at 888 Big Beaver, the city should “start to get that critical mass for a really, really exciting intersection,” Savidant said.

“I think we’re on the cusp of something that we’ve been talking about for a long time in Troy,” said councilor Rebecca Chamberlain.

The Lindsey Center and the other property were purchased last year from Kelly Services Inc, a staffing company. Kelly Services moved its headquarters to 999 Big Beaver Rd.

Also on Monday

A walkway between two homes in the Beaver Creek subdivision is now closed to the public.

The owners of the homes on either side of the walkway requested the council vacate it. The walkway is located between 3512 Euclid Drive and 3506 Euclid Drive.

When the subdivision was organized in 1992, the path was intended to provide access to a detention basin. It’s now blocked by a house in a new development to the east, and access is available through there.

“This has become a path to nowhere,” said Brent Savidant, community development director.

The city intends to retain easements to operate a 24-inch storm drain and a 12-inch sanitary sewer beneath the walkway.