Updated: Public Hearing for La Salette property postponed

UPDATE | JUNE 19, 2019

The Public Hearing to consider a rezoning request for the La Salette property at 2219 Coolidge Hwy. (RZ-01-19) originally scheduled for the June Planning Commission Regular Meeting has been postponed. Consequently, the public hearing and any discussions or recommendation on the rezoning request will not be on the agenda for the regularly scheduled June meeting of the Planning Commission.

The property owner is in the process of updating the legal description of the property to reflect the sections of the parcel that are the subject of the rezoning request. By law, the public hearing for the rezoning request cannot proceed until the legal description has been updated. Due to the importance and scale of this redevelopment project the City is giving full attention and due diligence in working with the property owner, along with our contracted planning partners to ensure all requirements of the redevelopment process are followed properly. 

The applicant will be reapplying to appear on the agenda of the regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission on Tuesday, July 23. In accordance with the statutory requirements of the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act (Act 110 of 2006), a new notice of public hearing will be published in the newspaper and notices will be mailed to all property owners within 300 feet of the property a minimum of fifteen (15) days before the public hearing.

A Public Hearing to consider a rezoning request for the La Salette property on Coolidge Highway is scheduled before the Planning Commission at 7:30 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at Berkley City Hall, 3338 Coolidge Hwy.

The developer is proposing an adaptive reuse of the existing school building. The school building would be redeveloped as 55-56 apartment units. Additionally, the developer is proposing the construction of new townhouses at the rear of the property that abuts the single-family residential district on Oxford Rd.

To make this development possible through traditional zoning, several steps must be taken by the developer. First, the developer has applied to have the property rezoned from Office District (O-1) to Multiple-Family Residential District (R-M). At the conclusion of the June 25th Public Hearing, the Planning Commission will take action in the form of a recommendation to City Council on whether or not to grant the request for rezoning. City Council would then take action on the request for rezoning.

Residents will have the opportunity to offer feedback during the Public Hearing for the rezoning request. If you are unable to attend the meeting, comments may be made in writing. All written comments must be in the hands of the Building Department before 7:30 pm on the date of the Public Hearing.

If City Council approves the rezoning, the next step in the process would be for the developer to apply for dimensional variances with the Zoning Board of Appeals. At a minimum, two variances would be required for the height of the existing building, and the setback on the side yard facing Oxford Rd. The Zoning Board of Appeals would hold a Public Hearing and then take action on whether or not to grant dimensional variances for the existing school building.

If the Zoning Board of Appeals grants variances for the property, the developer would then go through the process of site plan approval with the Planning Commission. The development of this project would be subject to all the requirements of the Multiple-Family Residential District.

Click here to review the plans submitted by the developer.


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