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Dexter Planning Commission reviews final site plan for new condos

By August 3, 2021November 29th, 2021Site plan

By Doug Marrin, STN reporter

At its meeting on August 2, 2021, the Dexter Planning Commission reviewed the final site plan for Millennium Place.

The proposed condo development is located on Grand St across from Grandview Commons, and developer Marhofer Campbell Development Company LLC builds the condos with active adults and professionals in mind.

Millennium Place will be located at 7960 and 7956 Grand St, across from Grandview Commons. Photo by Doug Marrin.

Millennium Place will be built on 0.71 acres. The three-storey, 41,586-square-foot building will have 23 one, two and three-bedroom units. Three main floor condos facing Grand St. will be two story townhouses. The remaining units will range in size from 774 square feet to 1,405 square feet.

“In addition, the development will effectively consolidate two odd-sized plots into a single cohesive and attractive residential complex that harmonizes with the neighborhood and the city’s master plan,” said Community Development Director Michelle Aniol in her commentary. report to the Commission.

View of Millennium Place from Grand St. Preliminary rendering by Jeffery A. Scott Architects PC

A 2015 Dexter City target market analysis showed a growing desire for people to live close to city centers. More and more people are drawn to the amenities that a downtown area offers, including restaurants, entertainment, shopping, health care, parks, and access to public transportation. Millennium Place is designed with these interests in mind.

“The proposed design of Millennium Place aims to create a visually cohesive group of units, with variety and character that complements the neighborhood,” says Aniol in her report. “The orientation of the development on the road improves the possibility of walking along Grand Street. The small private patios of the townhouse units adjacent to the sidewalk create a cohesive visual landscape buffer while encouraging interactions between residents and passing pedestrians. Keeping the parking lot located primarily out of sight at the rear of the building also improves the streetscape.

The 0.71 acres combine two oddly shaped lots into one usable plot. Image from Google. Editing by Doug Marrin.

Plans also include an open green space and patio to accommodate picnic tables around a rain garden to encourage active and passive use. Nineteen trees will be removed for construction replaced by 26 trees and 33 shrubs.

In her report, Aniol lists the benefits of the new condos for Dexter, including:

  • Facilitate the goals and objectives of the City’s master plan.
  • Improve the landscape of Grand St.
  • Increase the city’s tax base.
  • Encourage further redevelopment.
  • Improve the value of surrounding properties.
  • Increase the customer base for Dexter businesses.

The Planning Commission approved the final site plan with conditions by 6 votes to 1. These conditions can be found on page 97 of the meeting file posted on the Town’s website.

The next step for final approval will be the presentation and approval of the plan by city council.