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Farmington Hills moves forward with four-story luxury apartment complex proposal

Posted By: Hometown Life on April 13, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

City officials recently took another step toward approving a proposed $30 million luxury apartment complex along Northwestern Highway.

City council voted 5-1 Monday to approve a planned unit development for a four-story apartment community at 32680 Northwestern Highway, near the corner of 14 Mile Road. Developers revised their original proposal for the 5.5-acre site, which was a five-story building presented in 2021.

“As I’ve said many times before, I think this is a very nice development,” Councilman Randy Bruce said. “This has been an eyesore in the city for decades.”

Councilman Ken Massey voted against the plan, citing previously noted concerns with long-term maintenance of apartment communities in general. Councilwoman Valerie Knol was absent.

Developers with NWH Holdings are planning to build 217 apartments with options from one to three bedrooms. Monthly rent is projected between between $1,800 and $3,000. Amenities would include in-home laundry, a gym and a pool.

The original proposal, which was approved by the planning commission, included 249 units at the site, which has been vacant for years. Council tabled the proposal last year and requested revisions to the plan.

The proposed apartments are targeted toward young professionals with higher incomes. Multiple council members said they think the development will help bring more young adults to the city.

“As a mom of three — three under 30 — I know how hard it is to own a home,” Councilwoman Mary Newlin said. “This rent is a little bit higher than I expected, but it is in line with what’s being paid out there. It’s going to be a big draw.”

The proposal still needs site plan approval from council and the planning commission. Developers said they expect to break ground next year if a site plan is approved.


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