The vacant Lindbom Primary School may not go away anytime soon.
The Brighton Planning Commission turned down the final site plan for the proposed townhouses on the abandoned school site.
The main complaint during Monday’s meeting was whether the proposal matched the city’s master plan, which commissioners ultimately decided it did not.
The plan to build 140 townhouses on the 10-acre property at 1010 State St., commissioners said, was too dense for the surrounding area, which is mostly made up of single-family homes.
This plan was one of many to be submitted to the planning committee since the elementary school closed in 2010. Bingham Farms-based developer SR Jacobson planned to purchase the property from RJB Holding Group and the transform into a “neighborhood within a neighborhood”.
The commissioners voted 6-2 to reject the final site plan. Commissioners Matt Smith, Steve Monet, Bill Bryan, David Petrak, Jim Bohn and Ken Schmenk voted in favor of the denial – Susan Gardner and Chuck Hundley disagreed. Commissioner Michael Schutz did not attend the June 7 meeting.
The Brighton City Master Plan, which was passed in 2018, classified the property as a moderate density mixed residential area, which limits development to eight units per acre, except in areas adjacent to the city center, which are permitted up to 25 units per acre.
Much of the discussion between the commissioners revolved around whether the property could be considered adjacent to Brighton city center. Despite the site being less than half a mile from the city center, board member Bohn said he didn’t think it qualified because it is surrounded by single-family homes.
“I’m struggling in my mind with this neighborhood being in quotes adjacent to downtown,” Bohn said. “So because it is not adjacent to the city center it does not meet the master plan.”
Mayor Pro Tem Gardner disagreed, explaining that the development would provide a tight-knit neighborhood near the city center.
“We want a community – we want to be neighbors,” Gardner said. “I really believe the person renting here will be a lot like this person anywhere else in our city, except they want to be close to downtown or wouldn’t choose to live in this neighborhood. “
Although they did not approve this project, the commissioners were concerned about the problems caused by the property. Vandalism and break-ins are common in the closed elementary school, and it is poorly maintained.
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