Proposed Development of Apartment Property at 1542 Michigan Ave
In December 2020, the FHNA board was contacted by RedstoneHomes regarding their plans to develop more housing units on their property within the Fulton Heights neighborhood.
The high details of the proposal are below. Please read the proposal documents for more in-depth info.
- The development's density is greater than Low Density Residential, which is the zoning for the property and Fulton Heights. As such, Redstone is seeking a Special Land Use Variance to allow the development to move forward. This SLU will be awarded or denied by the Grand Rapids City Planning Commission.
- Prior to seeking a spot on the Planning Commission Agenda, Redstone would like to conduct a Neighborhood meeting to field questions and comments about the development.
- In 2019, Redstone proposed a larger building, with more beds. The proposal was opposed by a number of neighbors, and officially opposed by the FHNA. The request for a Special Land Use Variance was denied by the Planning Commission, with comments regarding the density, the loss of trees during the project, and other concerns. Minutes for the Planning Commission meetings can be found here: http://grandrapidscitymi.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?ID=8314&highlightTerms=1542%20michigan
- The new plan differs from the one proposed in 2019. Redstone proposes to build 3 smaller apartment buildings, a change from their 2019 proposal of one large building. The number of occupants has also been reduced from the 2019 plan.
- The new development would add 50 parking spaces to the property, and 38 beds, split between Studio and 2 bedroom layouts.
- The new development will affect views from the South, East and West neighboring properties. Those to the South and West will have views of the three buildings and both stories. Those to the west will have views of the upper story, due to land grade between the property and adjacent Western properties.
- On the East side of the property, a retaining wall will be built to allow for grading of the property at a point lower than the land adjacent.
- Redstone has taken steps to make the buildings feel more "residential" and less "institutional" and as such, have two roofing options. They are seeking comment as to which option, flat roofing or pitched roofing, is preferred.
Please take time to look through the proposed plans below.
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