Seven condos approved for John R; barn could be delisted as historic

Troy planning commissioners meet at their regular meeting Tuesday, July 13.

Plans to add to a neighborhood on John R Road, south of Wattles Road, were approved by Troy’s planning commission at their meeting Tuesday, July 13.

Seven detached condominiums are to be added south of the Estates at Willowbrook neighborhood, which was approved in 2016.

“It’s a continuation of one of our subdivisions,” said developer Joe Maniaci of Langham Investments LLC. “We’re just trying to fill in.”

Three construction styles will be offered: a 1,990-square-foot ranch, a 2,988-square-foot colonial manor and a 3,700-square-foot colonial villa.

Homes are not yet planned along the new development’s southern edge due to a lack of space. The developer is retaining the area for five years, but if they can’t obtain more land to build there, it will revert to the homeowners’ association, Maniaci said.

“At this time they’re not willing to sell,” Maniaci said. “We’re going to go through with what we have now and work on the rest later.”

Barn could be delisted as historic

A more-than-a-century-old barn on Livernois Road could be removed from Troy’s historic preservation registry, as was recommended by the planning commission Tuesday.

Jeff Jezierski, whose parents purchased the home in the 1960s, told the commission he wants to open the land for new development.

An ad-hoc historic district study committee will produce a final report on the property, then City Council will vote on the matter.

The barn, located at 6071 Livernois Road, was built around 1900, said Brent Savidant, community development director.

Ye Olde Flower Barn, a flower shop, operated out of the barn for 47 years and closed in August due to the pandemic shutdown.

The property was owned by Troy founder Johnson Niles prior to the barn being built, according to the historic district study committee’s report.

The Troy Historic Village has no interest in anything from the property, Savidant said.

The study committee was unable to determine why the property had been designated historic aside from its age, according to their report.