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A mixed-use development is being proposed for the property at the southeast corner of the Jackson and Baker roads intersection. A section of the property appears in this photo.

| 1 min read | by Lonnie Huhman, lhuhman@thesuntimesnews.com |

A development proposal has been presented to the Scio Township Board that wants to put in 424 residential units and commercial/retail at the southeast corner of the Jackson and Baker roads intersection.

However, if the plan is going to move on through the planning process the Scio Township Board needs to see some adjustments before it gives the proposal the green light.

Called Woodview Commons, the proposal was brought before the township board on Nov. 26 by the developer, Jackson Road SOBI LLC, who was represented by David Stollman and planner Bill Anderson. They were seeking a preliminary approval of the plan, which is a planned unit development-PUD-that would involve a rezoning of the property.

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The proposed development would bring together three properties at a total of 90 acres to develop it in two phases with three retail/commercial buildings, a senior living facility, a storage facility and a mix of three types of residential units. The plan proposes 252 stacked flats, 113 attached ranches and 49 townhomes.

There would also be sidewalks and nature paths through the development, a clubhouse with a pool and open space, which would be around 50 percent of the site.

The township board tabled or postponed a decision on the proposal after giving the developer some feedback, which included directing them to look at ways of improving the pedestrian and traffic circulation systems through the development; adding more recreational options for the residents who would live there and looking to possibly offer some affordable housing options. Other feedback included better defining certain details, such as what would be the capabilities of the senior living facility.

In other possible development news, the township board got a presentation from Nathan Voght from the Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority as a possible lead up to a new development. Voght told the board how the Brownfield program works. Washtenaw County defines a Brownfield as a previously developed site that has barriers to redevelopment due to the presence or threat of contamination on the property.

Scio Township Supervisor Jack Knowles said there’s a possibility of new development coming to the township that might include the need for a Brownfield. He did not yet say where this possible development might take place. Scio does not currently have any Brownfield projects.

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