As many of you know, there has been a significant legal issue that our Township has been dealing with for over 3 years. That issue is the Federal case against Oakland Township regarding the Blossom Ridge Senior Development proposed at the corner of Adams and Dutton (see tab at top of page for more historical information).
A Federal court requested ‘facilitation’ took place in the hopes that an agreement could be achieved eliminating the need for a trial. A proposal that involved just the Blossom Ridge parcel was not achieved, so the developer offered an option that included more than the original Blossom Ridge property. Judge Howard, the negotiation facilitator, supported the proposal and asked that the proposal be reviewed by the entire Board and made available to the public.
A final decision by the Board IS REQUIRED by January 26, 2016, or the issue will go to trial in July. Specific information on the proposal has been made available to the public. The plans are available for review at the Township Hall, on the Township website, and in the two links shown below on this website. This topic has been added to the January 26 BOT meeting agenda.
Here are the various iterations of the Blossom development that had been previously publicly considered and rejected:
- 282 total units including 126 congregate units with building having > 2 stories (original proposal)
- 238 total units including 126 congregate units with building having > 2 stories
- 228 total units including reduced number of congregate units with building having 2 stories
THE PROPOSED CONSENT JUDGEMENT INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
ON ORIGINAL PROPOSED BLOSSOM RIDGE PROPERTY:
- 189 total units including 100 congregate units with building having 2 stories
ON 30+ ACRES SURROUNDING OAKLAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH (ADAMS AND SILVERBELL)
- Downzone the property from current “Research Laboratory” zoning to one that is more restrictive
- 6,800 square foot ‘fine dining’ restaurant on Southwest corner of Adams and Silverbell on two acres
- Single story Health and Wellness residence with 56 studio apartments on northwest portion of property on 6.33 acres per site plan
- 84 two to three bedroom units in a two story structure on 14 acres
- Donation of 8 acres along Adams road to Township
- Moceri would build a fire/ambulance facility on the site
- Moceri would donate up to $200,000.00 for the purchase of a new emergency (ALS) vehicle
- Matching contribution of Moceri of up to $125,000.00 toward the construction of a Veteran’s Memorial on the property
- No damages will be pursued by the developer (estimated at $17million)
- Lawsuit will be dropped eliminating potential court finding that Township’s zoning violates Federal Law & potential federal fines
OPTIONS DISCUSSED BY BOARD MEMBERS:
- Agree to the proposed consent judgment settlement
- Reject the proposed consent judgment and go to trial in July accepting all the uncertainties of potential outcomes
- Agree that Oakland Township has violated Federal laws, with the resulting approval of original proposed plan and exposing Township to damages claimed by developer.
Here is video of the lengthy report given by Township Attorney, Dan Kelly:
Here is the Township’s summary of the proposed consent judgment posted on Township website
Here are the proposed plans for both the Blossom Ridge property as well as the property around the Church:
Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Township? This issue has been a divisive one in our Township for years. The consequences of making the right decision will have a long term impact on our Township. If the Board agrees with the consent judgement, it will restrict the Township in their ability to review the proposed developments being proposed on the parcel near the Church. However, the developer has demonstrated through the years that his developments are compatible with our Township, and we hope that the developer will consider any site concerns the Township raises if that is the Board’s decision. The potential financial implications of making the wrong decision by the Board are VERY SIGNIFICANT.
We encourage all citizens concerned about this issue to visit the Township Hall prior to January 26th and review the proposed plans. After viewing the plans, make your views known by either attending the January 26th meeting, or sending a letter to the Board members.