TRAVERSE CITY — Proposed housing developments on either end of Townline Road are scheduled for upcoming agendas before the East Bay Township Planning Commission.
The developers of a project on the corner of Hammond and Townline roads are applying for a conditional rezoning change at a township planning commission meeting either Aug. 13 or Sept. 3, according to township Zoning Administrator Leslie Couturier.
Doug Mansfield, of Mansfield Land Use Consultants, submitted a sketch plan review to the planning commission at its June 4 meeting. The sketch shows a 216-unit housing development to the west of the first hole at Elmbrook Golf Course.
Proposed are 108 duplex/quadplex units as well as four 27-unit buildings a maximum of three stories high.
Mansfield did not return phone calls to discuss the project.
JLG Properties, of Clarkston, had a purchase agreement for the Elmbrook Golf Course property in 2018, but the sale was never finalized. A planned unit development application dated Oct. 4, 2018, that was submitted to the Township Planning Commission at its Nov. 13, 2018, meeting lists Joe Locricchio as the authorized agent of JLG Properties.
JLG Properties is listed on the new rezoning application, Couturier said.
In July 2018, Mansfield said plans are to make a “mixed residential community” at Elmbrook including apartments, condominiums, duplex housing and single-family living.
A separate development at the north end submitted a site plan, building elevations and a landscape plan to the Planning Commission at its July 2 meeting.
A commercial and residential complex is proposed for a 3.74-acre, L-shaped property at the corner of South Airport and Townline roads. The developer for the project is Dr. Dave Loomba, of California.
Realtor Dave Cutler, of Twin Bay Properties, said several questions were raised in the initial presentation to the planning commission. The development group, which includes engineering consultant Jeff Cockfield of Grand Traverse Engineering, hoped to have proposed changes in place to be back on the agenda in August, but are expecting to be on the Sept. 3 agenda, Cutler said.
“I feel pretty confident we can meet all the things they are looking for,” Cutler said.
The initial site plan calls for a 13,000-square-foot commercial building on the southeast corner of Townline and South Airport. There are four, two-story residential apartment buildings scheduled for the back portion of the property to the east of some existing housing on Townline Road.
Cutler said the corridor was rezoned as Airport Services following the construction of Costco.
Couturier said the intersection is important because it serves as a welcome to the area for Cherry Capital Airport.
“That’s the corridor and the first thing people see when they come out of the airport,” she said.
Cutler added the residential complex called Mitten Apartments will have eight units in each of the four buildings. The key is to make the apartments affordable. Cutler said that is the emphasis for Loomba, who owns a home in and has ties to the area.
“There’s a real need for small units like that,” Cutler said.
Cutler said the residential apartments would be constructed first, with spring groundbreaking in the forecast.
Cutler said the commercial portion of the proposed development has not been sold.
“We have not found a tenant or buyer for that commercial area as of yet,” he said. “It’s been on the market, but there’s no real interest yet.”
Cutler said several fast-food companies expressed an interest in the site, but added that type of use is not allowed.
A third housing development in East Bay Township features 163 manufactured housing units on Hammond Road east of Grand Traverse Academy. Couturier said the development has received conditional zoning approval from the township.
Mansfield is the developer on this project. R.C. Hermannn of Tamarack Lodge and Woodcreek, a manufactured housing community to the north, is leading the Alta Vista LLC project.
Couturier said the Alta Vista project as well as the two on Townline Road are in demand.
“We need it,” she said.