April 30, 2021
By Jon King / [email protected]
A public hearing has been delayed over a plan to demolish an abandoned school in Brighton and replace it with a townhouse development.
On Monday, the City of Brighton Planning Commission was due to consider a site plan approval for the project which would be called West Village of Brighton. It would also rezone the 10.5-acre property from R-1, or single-family residential, to a planned unit development, or PUD. SR Jacobson Development Corp. of Bingham Farms wants to build 140 townhouses on the site of the former Lindbom School at 1010 State St., between N. 6th and N. 7th streets.
However, Michael Caruso, Brighton’s community development manager, told WHMI that the developer had yet to receive the results of an extensive traffic survey of the area from an independent engineering firm. It was therefore decided to postpone the public hearing and the review until the study was completed. has received. In fact, Caruso says Monday’s meeting will be canceled because the only other item on the agenda, a request to expand the site plan for The Canopy Lounge on St. Paul Street will also be moved to an order of the future day.
Receiving site plan approval would be a necessary step towards a deal to purchase the plot on the northwest side of town. The municipal council will also have to give its consent. Once completed, the developer plans to demolish the old school building in September and then begin construction immediately.
West Village of Brighton is just the latest plan for the site since the school closed in 2010. A company owned by Fenton area developer Pat Battaglia bought the school for $1.45million to schools in the Brighton area in 2015 with a proposal to open a charter school at the building, but the BAS board was reluctant to sponsor the school. Battaglia then proposed a senior housing complex and later senior housing and an assisted living facility for the site, but funding for both projects failed.
Robertson Bros. of Bloomfield Hills had also proposed single-family homes on the land, but abandoned those plans due to underground trichlorethylene contamination caused by a former manufacturing site near N. Fifth Street.
SR Jacobson Development says they plan to fix this by not including basements in townhouses so they don’t approach the contamination zone 14 feet below ground. In addition, they will be connected to the city’s water supply, avoiding groundwater problems while vapor barriers will be installed to prevent air contamination.