389 St. Clair Avenue Property Consideration

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On August 16, 2021, the City of Grosse Pointe Planning Commission, which is comprised of the members of the City Council, held a public hearing on a request for conditional zoning of the 389 St. Clair Avenue property from the current single-family zoning to multi-family zoning.  The City received a conditional zoning application from Curtis Building Company to allow the adaptive reuse of the Grosse Pointe School District Administration building by permitting multi-family use of the property. The initial application requested permission to convert the existing building at 389 St. Clair from school purposes to up to 23 residential dwelling units.  The application also proposed multi-family zoning for construction of eight row house style townhomes on the Notre Dame side of the property where there is currently a parking lot bordered by a wooden fence.   The initial application proposed to condition the requested Transition district zoning to allow only what is necessary to permit construction as shown in the application.  Action on the request for conditional zoning of the 389 St. Clair Avenue property was tabled by the City of Grosse Pointe Planning Commission at the August 16, 2021 City Council Meeting.

The City of Grosse Pointe Planning Commission and City Council will resume its consideration of the conditional zoning request submitted by Curtis Building Company for 389 St. Clair Avenue at its November 15, 2021 meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Council Chambers at 17145 Maumee Avenue.

The proposed Zoning Map amendment request has been amended to allow no more than 18 residential units within the existing building instead of 23 as originally proposed and the development of up to eight townhomes on the site.  The revisions also include added greenspace, elimination of the smallest size units originally proposed, and increased unit sizes.  The number of proposed onsite parking spaces exceeds what is required by City ordinance for multifamily buildings.

Curtis Building Company has also submitted a site plan application that reflects the revised conditional zoning request. If the conditional zoning is approved, the Planning Commission will then consider the site plan.  Zoning sets the parameters for a potential building such as height, uses, and setbacks from other properties.  Site plan consideration goes into more detail about landscaping, parking, buffers, and other requirements.  Both the conditional zoning application and a site plan approval would be required for the plan to proceed as proposed by Curtis Building Company.   A copy of the proposed site plan, as revised, is available for inspection at City Hall at 17147 Maumee or by CLICKING HERE.

Public comment on the conditional zoning request and the site plan application is welcome. If you are unable to attend the meeting, written comments will be accepted until 5pm on November 15, 2021 and can be mailed to City Hall, dropped off using the City drop box, or sent via email to city@grossepointecity.org.

If further information is needed, please contact the Grosse Pointe Building Dept., 17147 Maumee, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230, Mon.-Fri., 8:30am to 5pm. Telephone: 313-885-5800.

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