A home builder from Michigan is resuming plans that will bring nearly 600 new residences to Green Oak.
Since 2012, plans have been implemented to create new detached houses, apartments, commercial and entertainment projects around the Legacy Center sports complex.
The project is part of a planned 285-acre building called Legacy Park, located on the north and south sides of Winans Lake Road near U.S. 23, about 3 miles south of Brighton.
Lombardo Homes officials from Shelby say they are ready to move forward with a plan to build about 153 acres south of Winans Lake Road between Rickett and Whitmore Lake roads.
The goal is to start creating the infrastructure for the proposed housing from 579 residential premises – 195 single-family houses and 384 apartments by the beginning of 2023.
A combination of housing types
Melissa Chervin, vice president of marketing for Lombardo Home, said Legacy Park offers the opportunity to build different housing options in one area.
“We don’t have a lot of such communities where they’re so big and so many different products,” Chervin said. “It has something for everyone. It will change the area where it will look like the center if it is fully built.”
Lombard’s offer includes townhouses and ranch-style apartments that will be rented at market rates.
They also offer different layouts of single-family homes from which buyers will be able to choose.
Lombardo Homes land development director Joe Clee said most of their architectural plans are based on houses and apartments the company has already built in other areas.
“The market (home) in this area is obviously a growing market, and there is also a need for rent,” said Klee.
He said he expects different types of housing to attract different buyers and tenants.
Chervin said the apartments will have a top finish.
“We will have stainless steel appliances and good performance,” she said, adding that the apartments they build are usually rented at an average or above average rate.
“We have a lot of young couples, people who save money to build their first home. We focus on those professionals who are looking for housing without maintenance, but also want to get all the benefits and be proud of where they live,” she said.
She said she expects it to be a “community lifestyle” where tenants may want to move into a single-family home and stay next door.
“If all goes well, people will not have to leave,” she suggested.
In addition to housing, there are also plans for two parks with playgrounds for residents, as well as a swimming pool and a club for residents of apartments.
Other vacant plots of land in the development zone are reserved for future commercial and commercial facilities.
The original proposal of the Heritage Park was approved by the city authorities in 2012. In 2017, the city authorities approved an amended preliminary plan, but the deadline has passed since then. Lombardo Homes has returned to the township to request new approval for the residential phase of the project, according to township documents.
Klee said Lombardo Homes would seek feedback from planners at a city planning committee meeting on March 17 so the company could see if any changes should be made to the plans before the proposal goes to a formal vote.
He said that if officials approve the new set of plans, the goal is to start work on the site in early 2023.
He said the company hopes to establish infrastructure and roads by the end of next year, when he also expects home plots to go on sale.
He said the goal is to have the apartments built and ready for tenants by the third quarter of 2024.
Debra Mackenzie, administrator for planning and zoning of the township, said there is a great need in the community for more housing options.
“Livingston County really doesn’t have a lot of housing to rent, and the location accessible to the freeway makes it enjoyable,” Mackenzie said.
Over the past few years, single-family homes in several new buildings have appeared in the village.
“About 150 houses have been built in the last couple of years,” Mackenzie said. “With the different housing styles (offered for Legacy Park) it really opens up Green Oak for people who don’t want to maintain a large yard.
She said the area around the Legacy Center sports complex could eventually become a new “gateway” to a township near the U.S. 23.
“It will definitely be a gateway to housing, shopping and leisure in one area,” she said.
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