While there are many other big residential developments in the Dexter area out in the townships near or far to the city of Dexter’s outskirts, an important one within the city limits just took a significant step closer to the project breaking ground someday in the near future.
Grandview Commons, a 76-unit condominium development on the corner of Grand Street and Baker Road, will accomplish many things when it’s eventually built: revitalize the old industrial core of Dexter that housed industry during a now bygone era, provide a new face of the community on the western side of Baker for those driving into Dexter from I-94, and bring modern residential living quarters that skew younger and urban into the growing Dexter downtown area.
The city recently approved a development agreement setting terms for necessary actions on the part of the both the developer, Foremost Development, and the city. A master deed and condominium subdivision plan were also approved.
Every milestone passed is significant with this development, due to the lengthy review process that its gone through as city officials on the council and the Planning Commission have taken great care to guide the developer’s efforts to craft a development site plan that would be just right for the Dexter community as a whole. Along the way the developer and city officials even solicited public input and feedback at several public forums.
The city’s attorney Scott Steinhoff gave the city his blessing for approving these three important documents, provided Foremost make a few changes to the condominium plan, including: 1) specification of distances for patios for four of the units, 2) a sewer easement that should run all the way to Grand Street lacked illustration in drawings and legal descriptions in the condo plan, and 3) areas designated for future phases of development needed legal description in the plan for contrast with the area that phase 1 will be built upon.
This is another step towards final site plan approval later in the year, which will begin a seven year clock for the developers to start what has been projected to be a $15 to $20 million development that will generated an estimated $300,000 to $500,000 of additional tax revenue for the city.
City officials have been pushing targeting Baker Road for major redevelopment both as a gateway corridor into the city’s downtown, as well as an area constituted for the purpose of serving one of Michigan’s newest cities and fastest growing communities.
Grandview Commons is important for that purpose because it will provide living space for individuals who might not be ready for the commitment (or mortgage) that comes part and parcel with a traditional single-family home, but might in the future. Or those who prefer townhouse living will have a new option to consider in Dexter. In either case, residents of Grandview Commons are expected to bring something new to both the Baker Road corridor and Dexter as a whole.
The development agreement stipulates what the developer has agreed to provide the city in and around the development as part of the agreement surrounding the zoning change from industrial to residential, establishment of the Planned United Development agreement, and site approvals.
The developer will:
— Provide on-street parallel parking along the Grand Street frontage of the property.
— Erect a decorative streetlight along the development frontage on Baker.
— Install a public art pard at the corner of Baker and Grand.
— Provide a 10-foot wide public access easement and 8-foot wide multipurpose path from Grand to Mill Creek Park along with two benches.
— Install two rapid flashing beacons to improve pedestrian crossing on Baker on the property’s frontage there.
— Alter elevations along Grand Street.
— Connect the sidewalk between Baker Road and the nearby duplexes.
— Create and implement at Brownfield Plan for environmental remediation of the project’s site zone to address residual ground pollution that might linger from the land’s Dapco Industries past spanning back years prior to environmental regulations of the modern era.
— Prohibit outdoor storage not related to construction efforts.
— Removal of all building materials related to construction.
— Establish landscaping agreed upon in the final site plan for a period of two years after the development is completed, past which it will be the responsibility of the Condo Association and its members.
— Cut and cap an existing 4-inch water main at connection to an 8-inch water main at the intersection of Grand and Baker.
— Install a new 8-inch main along the entire Grand Street frontage.
— Install a 2-inch type K copper lead from the main to an existing shut-off box on the northern edge of Grand Street right-of-way.
— Install a new 10-inch sanitary sewer along the south side of the Grand Street right-of way, and along the entire Grand Street frontage of the Property.
— Provide public utility easements of varying widths for public water, sanitary and storm water sewers, as shown on the approved Area Plan and as further reviewed and defined during the Final Site Plan process.
— Remove a portion of an existing 30-inch storm sewer, and then re-route and install a new 30-inch storm sewer, as shown on Sheet 03, Demolition Plan of the Area Plan and as will be further reviewed and defined in the Final Site Plan process, all at the Developer’s sole cost and expense.
— Install all electric, telephone and other communication systems underground, and in accordance with all requirements of the applicable utility companies, Zoning Ordinances, and any other conditions or requirements imposed as part of Final Site Plan review.
— All storm water detention basins must be maintained by both the developer and the successor Condominium Association and its members, or else the city will reclaim that responsibility at the derelict party’s expense.
The city’s side of the agreement involves administering the municipalities duties to the developer as stipulated by the law and city ordinance, including inspections, permitting, dedication of public infrastructure, and quit claim to the developer when all of its obligations are met.
The final unit count for the development in these documents details five four-unit townhouse buildings containing 20 dwellings, four eight-plex buildings with 32, four four-plex buildings with 16 and four duplexes housing a total of eight units for a total 76 units.