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Community, County, Dexter, Dexter Government, Michigan, Scio Township, Washtenaw County

60 Townhomes Proposed to be Built in Scio Township

A new residential development is being proposed in Scio Township. It would be called Townes at Honey Creek and if it meets the requirements set forth and is approved by the township it would see the construction of 60 townhomes near the corner of Jackson and Staebler roads.

The plan was introduced at the June 10 Scio Township Planning Commission meeting.

Township planners said the applicant “is requesting conditional use approval to construct 60 townhome units on 11.07 acres as part of the Menards outlot development. The site is currently vacant and is part of the existing Menards site available for outlot development. The site is zoned C-2, General Commercial. Multiple-family residential as part of an overall mixed-use development is listed as a conditional use in the C-2, General Commercial District.”

The project narrative given to the township says:

“Townes at Honey Creek is a multi-family residential development proposed as a conditional use within the C-2 zoning district. This proposed development is located east of the Menard’s at the Southeast corner of Jackson Road and Staebler Road and will be designed to align with local multi-family zoning ordinances. With a unified collection of high-quality townhomes, The Townes at Honey Creek is poised to transform the area into a vibrant, residential enclave that not only meets the rising demand for quality housing but also contributes to the dynamic growth of the region.”

“The proposed development includes 60 townhome style units. The proposed units will range between 1,700 and 1,900 square feet. The internal roads will be private connecting to the exiting circulation road in the Menard’s development, with access on Jackson Road. The path between the development and the Trailwoods development to the South will be maintained to ensure pedestrian connectivity and a community feel.”

“Storm water runoff will be detained in a modified exiting detention basin, a proposed infiltration basin, and various rain garden infiltration BMPs, and will outlet to the existing Honey Creek along the south side of the site. Sanitary service will be gravity leading to a stub from the existing Menard’s development on the west side of the site. Water service will connect to the existing watermain constructed with the Menard’s development on the west side of the site.”

In a letter to Scio Township, dated April 20, 2024, from Menard Inc., it said:

“We are the owners of the approximately 62.52 acre parcel that is located on 6405 Jackson Rd in the City of Ann Arbor, being parcel no: 08-21-300-010, 08-21-300-012, and 08-21-300-015. We have entered into a Purchase Contract with M/l Homes of Michigan, LLC, as Buyer, for the sale of a portion of parcels 08-21-300-010 and 08-21-300-015 on approximately 11.07 acres (the “Property”) of the Property.”

“This letter confirms that M/I Homes of Michigan, LLC has the right and authority to apply for and obtain from the Township of Scio, Washtenaw County and any other governmental agencies having jurisdiction, conditional use, site plan and engineering plan approvals and such governmental approvals and permits that are required for the development of the Property an amendment to the existing Development Agreement for the Property, as well as such site plan and engineering plan approvals and other governmental approvals and permits that are required for the development of the Property by M/I Homes of Michigan LLC as a residential project.”

The planning commission recommended to the board of trustees approval of the conditional use. This is a first step in the planning process. If the plan moves forward it is in the site plan process where specific details will be hashed out between the township and developer.