Huron Township, Michigan – Hillwood/Sterling Group
In August 2019, Huron Township (“Township”) was presented with the opportunity to have two, substantially-sized buildingsbuilt on the 600-acre property known as the Pinnacle property. The Township Planning Commission and Township Board approved these building with the understanding that there would be a moratorium placed on future warehouse/distribution buildings in the PDD and I-1 Districts. The rationale for this approach was to “slow down” in order to better understand and address the communities’ concern around truck traffic and other impacts prior to additional approvals for warehouse and distribution uses.
In late 2020, the owners of the Pinnacle property were approached by Home Depot with interest to build a distribution facility at the property. The property owners approached the Township with this information and worked together to discuss the potential positive and negative impacts of such a project and to see if there was a way that it could be beneficial for both the Township and the property owners.
The issues that the Township identified regarding warehouse development generally were regarding: 1) truck traffic, 2) the desire to attract quality retail/commercial development to create a mixed-use environment, 3) the image of Sibley Road and 4) the preference to attract a manufacturing operation to the site.
After extensive and very constructive discussions, the Township representatives and property owners identified an excitingsolution that not only address the issues raised by the community and Township, but one that could actually create greater opportunity economic and recreational for the areagenerally. The idea was to strike a balance between allowing a quality warehouse development at the Pinnacle property while also creating enhanced benefits for the Township.
A holistic approach was employed by Township representatives,the development team, and transportation engineers in order to study Township concerns, and respond to them, while simultaneously attracting more desirable commercial activity. It was noted on multiple occasions that, despite local ordinances and restrictions, truck traffic can originate from surrounding communities and is not exclusively sourced from within the Township. Consequently, it became clear that through strategic design with sound planning principles, a multitude of goals could be achieved.
After significant study and analysis, the concept of a revised, well-designed Sibley Road boulevard was put forth as a solution that will have the ability to address the issues previously outlined by the Township. These benefits include:1) General Benefits – Sibley Road Boulevard Re-Designa. The current design for the boulevard is essentially a Class A, truck route. The proposed boulevard re-design would discourage truck traffic and allow for a more commercial/retail/pedestrian friendly environment.b. Wayne County is agreeable to this re-design approach.Costs for the re-design and construction will be borne by developer and Wayne County. Huron Township will not be responsible for such costs. Initial discussions between the County and the developer are occurring, however, timing of design and construction and costs therefore will be determined once the Township can commit to lift its moratorium.2) Functional Benefits – Sibley Road Boulevard Re-Designa. Slower vehicle speeds and limited turnaround capability will deter truck trafficb. Safer for motorists and pedestriansc. Slower speeds, improved efficiency/site visibility will serve as a catalyst to attract quality mixed-use/retail uses like hotels and restaurants that have been sought after in the Township and deter “low end” retail prospectsd. Enhance the image of Sibley Road and create a Huron Township “gateway experience” from I-2753) Truck Traffica. Implementing sound design strategies that have positive, practical implications (i.e. limited boulevard turnaround dimensions, smaller scale lane width, pedestrian crossings, aesthetic design improvements, etc.) is more effective than trying to solve truck traffic concerns via restrictions (i.e. No left Turn, No Trucks Permitted, etc.)b. The proposed design will allow for increased, quality warehouse/distribution development while focusing truck traffic away from areas of concern to the community and Township.4) Additional Benefits and Points of Information – Home Depot/Sibley Road Boulevard Re-Designa. Permitting the new Home Depot and associated boulevard enhancements could allow for an LDFA to be created that, in turn, could finance the desired grade alignment at Pennsylvania Road.b. The moratorium would only be removed from the PDD District and would remain in the I-1 Light Industrial and I-2 Heavy Industrial Districts. Trucking or warehousing would still not be permitted anywhere else in the Township.c. A manufacturing user may generate the same, if not more traffic and impact, than this Home Depotfacility. In addition, manufacturing can request a PA 198 Tax Abatement which would likely reduce, or eliminate the ability for an LDFA.
The 2019 moratorium placed on future warehouse/distribution buildings in the PDD and I-1 Districts made logical sense for stakeholders at that time. The moratorium period has allowed for significant deliberation, analysis and study regarding all of the concerns that have been shared previously. During this time new information and opportunity has emerged that allows for a unique alignment of opportunities that can result in a true “win-win” for everyone. The proposed Home Depot facility can serve as a catalyst for a redesigned Sibley Road Boulevard (at no cost to Huron Township) which will result in: improved traffic patterns in the area, an attractive and upgraded image which will help to attract quality retailers, and an improved tax base for the community.
Come join our team! We are now hiring front and back of house employees.
If you are not familiar with us, we are in downtown Flat Rock. We were established in 1975 and offer several traditions including delicious food and great service. The original Fiorelli’s building has grown to include three different types of venues to create lasting memories.
If you are 16 years or older and are interested in one of the positions listed above, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit us at 26123 E Huron River Drive, Flat Rock, to complete an application on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, between 10 am and 5pm.
A broken pipe caused Washago Pond in Willow Metropark to drain last week.
The pond drained into the Huron River, according to a Metropark spokesperson.
“I can confirm that a pipe beneath the water that is part of the control structure at Washago Pond developed a leak and drained the pond. The water drained through the Regan Drain to the Huron River. The structure is considered a low hazard dam due to the fact any failure would not have an impact on people or other properties,” said Danielle Mauter, chief of marketing and communications for Huron-Clinton Metroparks.
Mauter said park staff are evaluating the situation and will provide updates on the pond as they are available.
The pond is a popular location for park visitors. The location offers boat rentals and areas where visitors can fish.
A rendering of the newly announced playground. Image courtesy Huron-Clinton Metroparks.
By Scott Bolthouse | THE HURON HUB Posted Monday, May 17, 2021
The Huron-Clinton Metroparks is building a new space-themed playground at Lower Huron Metropark that is worth $1.3 million.
Construction is expected to begin this summer and wrap up with a grand opening by the end of the year.
“The Metroparks always strive to meet community needs and provide area residents and visitors with first-rate outdoor recreation spaces and activities,” said Metroparks Director Amy McMillan. “We couldn’t be more appreciative of the feedback and ideas received, and are excited to launch this unique play experience to help spark imaginations and serve as a destination playground.”
McMillan said the design is a combination of creativity, accessibility, and offering something that did not already exist in the general vicinity. Planning for the new play space began this past November.
Online surveys and stakeholder conversations were held with numerous individuals and organizations like the Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO) and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. From there, the Woods Creek area within the park was selected due to its visibility from the main park road, abundant parking and general openness.
The playground is one of many efforts that the Metroparks are making to improve recreational opportunities across the system’s 13 unique parks.
Key features include a geometric playscape designed to reflect the solar system and a new Hedra tower slide, believed to be the first of its kind in Michigan. Playground consultant, Penchura, along with Michigan Recreational Construction, Inc., will lead the construction, installation and development to make the vision come to life.
The new playground is set to break ground in the summer and be completed by the end of 2021. To learn more, view site renderings and stay up to date with project developments, visit www.metroparks.com
Governor Whitmer today announced the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is updating the “Gatherings and Mask Order” to align with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest guidance on face coverings.
The new order will go into effect on Saturday, May 15.
“For more than a year, we’ve been following the best data and science to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Whitmer. “The vast majority of us have trusted the scientists and experts to keep us safe during the pandemic, and it has worked. With millions of Michiganders fully vaccinated, we can now safely and confidently take the next step to get back to normal. The message is clear: vaccines work to protect you and your loved ones. If you have not yet received your vaccine, now is the time to sign up. This pandemic has been one of the toughest challenges of our lifetimes, but we came together as a state to persevere. We have all been working incredibly hard toward getting back to some sense of normalcy, and today’s news makes all of that work worthwhile.”
On Thursday, the CDC released updated guidance recommending “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”
“It’s critical that eligible Michigan residents who have not yet been vaccinated schedule their appointments as soon as they can,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and MDHHS chief deputy director for health. “Getting shots in arms is the best way to end the pandemic. If you have not yet been vaccinated, it is important to continue to mask up to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.”
Under the updated MDHHS Gatherings and Mask Order, Michiganders who are outdoors will no longer need to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. While indoors, fully vaccinated Michiganders will no longer need to wear a mask, but residents who are not vaccinated, or have not completed their vaccinations, must continue to wear a mask or face covering to protect themselves and others. After July 1, the broad indoor mask mandate will expire.
“The safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine and all the hard work that Michiganders have done allows us to take a big step in returning to normal,” said MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel. “This updated order keeps Michigan in alignment with CDC guidance that is based on the knowledge of health experts. I urge our residents to continue to be respectful of each other as we move forward.”
To date, Michigan has administered 7,875,785 vaccines. According to CDC data, 55.6% of Michiganders ages 16 and older have received at least one dose, with more than 43% percent of Michiganders ages 16 and older being fully vaccinated. The state has also administered the vaccine to 927 Michiganders between the ages of 12 to 15 years old.