October 17 • 03:21 AM

Proposed condo development passes first test in Imlay Twp.

Former VFW veteran's park location rezoned for project

January 14, 2009
IMLAY TWP. — The township board at their December 17 meeting approved the conditional rezoning application for a proposed condominium development.

More than 24 acres of what was the VFW Overseas Veterans Memorial Park were rezoned from one family residential to multiple-family residential. Owner/developer Robert Bossman submitted the application for the land on the west side of M-53 between Weyer and Bowers road.

Developer Robert Bossman hopes to turn a former Imlay Twp. VFW park into condominiums. photo by Maria Brown.

As part of the conceptual site plan and statement of conditions Bossman had to submit as part of the conditional application, he stated he plans to build 30 attached condominium units (15 duplex buildings), preserve significant portions of the existing woodlands as open space, build a gazebo area and develop walking trails and benches. A new public road from M-53 will also be created.

His request to rezone an additional 1.2 acres to NB-O neighborhood office was also approved.

Almost 23 acres of the parent parcel will remain zoned as single family residential for which Bossman plans to split into eight single family lots. The parent parcel also includes 5.5 acres which encompasses the former VFW Hall, now Crossroads Baptist Church. Last year, the township granted the church a special land use for locating within a residential zone.

Supervisor Steve Hoeksema said this was the first time the township and an applicant worked with conditional rezoning. The rezoning request will only remain valid if Bossman develops the land following the parameters of the conceptual site plan and statement of conditions each party agreed on. If not, the property will return to single-family residential.

Hoeksema said Bossman must still return to the township for additional site plan and road approvals and a start date has yet to be determined.

Bossman's purchase of the property forced the township to move the veterans' park to land surrounding their township hall on Fairgrounds Rd. The township had had a lease with the VFW for the park and per a grant agreement with the Department of Natural Resources, had to relocate it. The new park was dedicated in September and includes a pavilion, walking path and play equipment.

In other township business:

•The board will consider participating in Lapeer County's recycling program if a drop off location near Imlay City for township residents can be designated.

Cost to the township would be $700 a year.

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