2017-11-09 / Front Page

New life proposed for former school property

Site plan granted preliminary approval
By Paula K. Schmidt
810-452-2647 • pschmidt@mihomepaper.com

GRAND BLANC TWP. — A local church has high hopes of resolving a long-standing issue with a property at 9127 S. Saginaw St., formerly a school and most recently an adult day care cited for code violations.

The site has been the source of dismay for neighbors who have expressed concerns about the blighted state of the property.

Syd Smith, a representative of the Grand Blanc Seventh Day Adventist Church, met with the Site Plan Review committee last week to discuss their intentions with the property, which contains three buildings.

According to Smith, the former day care would be renovated to become the sanctuary, a second building would become a recreational-type hall for their families and a third building would be demolished.

In addition, the properties would be brought up to code in building maintenance, parking lot and landscaping. Preliminary site plan approval was granted which will enable them to continue to negotiate the purchase of additional property at the rear of the parcel. The land currently belongs to the Warwick Pointe Condominiums.

Conditions of the approval include investigation of written access easement with the condos, a lighting plan, dumpster enclosure with wheeled gate, and a detailed landscape plan, as well as approval of a special land use permit for a church in the area currently zoned Medium Density Multiple Family.

What is referred to as building two, which has outer canopied staircases, likely will be demolished and the basement filled in. Smith said their intention is to bring the site up to code and make it look nice and last a long time. He doesn't believe the buildings they intend to use have any structural issues they can't address.

Signage and other issues will be addressed in subsequent meetings.

In a later meeting, under correspondence, the full planning commission noted they had been provided a copy of the updated Burton City Proposed Master Plan and planner Jill Bahm stated she would provide the board with a summary of how it matches up with the township along the border.

Bahm indicated there usually aren’t radical differences and it’s optional to provide feedback to a neighboring municipality. The commission also discussed and recommended approval to opt out of the state rules regarding the regulation of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries.

Also discussed were changes to the sign ordinance amendment which would address temporary signs, Technology Village and Technology Park, and increased allowances for sites along the I-75 corridor.

Commissioner Al Mansour, who sits on the board of trustees, also referred a request for review of the language in the zoning ordinance in regards to enforcement of regulations on trailer parking, as well as review of the tree ordinance. Additionally, he asked about future review of the master plan, which was discussed in December last year, but not followed up on.

According to Bahm, the Michigan Planning Enabling Act requires a community to review its Master Plan every five years. The township up-dated its Master Plan in 2012, primarily focusing on Technology Village.

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