The final site plan for West Village Townhomes in Brighton will be presented to the city planning committee on June 7th.
The Brighton Planning Commission will hold a public audience on the future of the 10.5-acre parcel at 1010 State St.
SR Jacobson Development Corp. plans to purchase the property and build 140 townhouses and a lodge with swimming pool. The firm seeks a planning unit agreement, or PUD, with the city.
If approved, the Bingham Farms-based developer can shut down the property, which RJB Holding Group currently owns, according to property records.
“We plan to start construction in mid-fall,” said SR Jacobson vice president Manny Kianicky. “We are doing whatever we need to do to get full city approvals.
The lot is home to Lindbom Primary School, which closed in 2010 due to budget cuts. If all goes according to plan, the school will be demolished this fall, Kianicky said.
The proposal was slated for a planning commission in early May, but was delayed until the results of a traffic survey were completed.
Brighton Community Development Director Michael Caruso said the traffic study predicted a minor increase in traffic due to the addition of the townhouses.
“But if the primary school was functioning, there would be a lot more traffic,” Caruso said.
A constant concern with the property is that it is a brownfield site. It is based on a plume of groundwater contamination from a former manufacturing site at 525 N. Fifth St.
The air in several houses above this plume has been tested and found to have high levels of trichlorethylene. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the chemical can cause dizziness, headache, confusion, liver damage and, in some cases, death.
Kianicky said the plume is 14 feet below ground so it’s unlikely to affect residents.
The development will be hooked up to the municipal water supply, so groundwater will not be an issue, and the site plan includes vapor barriers that will be installed in the slabs to prevent air contamination.
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