As some new housing and commercial developments in Livingston County take longer than expected, several projects are making significant progress.
The construction industry has faced material and labor shortages, delays and uncertainties during the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. That hasn’t stopped some developers from going ahead with big projects.
Over the next year and beyond, residents should see some new developments materialize or progress.
The means project
Livingston County’s first marijuana business could open next year at the former Pinckney Elementary site.
Village planners granted final approval for The Means project this fall. Howell developer Chris Bonk has secured licenses to grow, process and sell marijuana in the village – the first licenses approved since voters approved a ballot proposal in 2020.
Bonk is doing approximately $ 5 million in renovations to the closed school site, 935 W. Main St./M-36.
He first bought the elementary school building to create a group home for disabled adults. Instead, the house will be in a former church on D-19, which he purchased with a donation of $ 400,000 from The Means Project. It also raises funds to complete renovations.
Some benefits of the marijuana business will help fund the group home.
Grant’s Place, named after Bonk’s son, will house 6 to 8 people in the former priests’ quarters. Other plans include a basketball court in the atrium, small classrooms, and a boardroom with a projector to host film screenings. The building also has a dining room and a commercial kitchen.
While a Howell Health Club has suffered construction delays, progress is being made on a new 36,000 square foot health and fitness center off M-59 / Highland Road in the Township of Oceola.
Endeavor Fitness started to build the two-story fitness center a few years ago at 1515 Eager Road.
Owner Matthew Jermov announced construction was progressing again in a video posted to the gymnasium’s website in June, when structural steel finally arrived.
“I’m sure we are all aware that the world has been pretty wild, and it affected us like everyone else,” Jermov said.
“Our biggest constraint has been the material and supply chain issues. Obtaining raw materials has been a big problem for us and for a lot of people. “
The fitness center will feature a full basketball court, racquetball, rock climbing, saunas, hot tubs, dedicated classrooms, athletic training, and health club-style equipment.
In the meantime, Endeavor Fitness has moved to a new temporary location at 4218 E. Grand River Ave. which is larger than its previous location at 1456 Lawson Drive.
New housing at different stages
New residential developments, including apartments, condominiums and houses, are expected in the county that will fill the vacant lots.
Affordable options will increase by 220 apartment units on a lot on the west side of Oak Grove Road immediately north of the Crossroads Town Center shopping complex in the Township of Howell.
It will be called Union in Oak Grove.
Union Development Holdings, LLC, an investment group associated with Indianapolis-based affordable housing development company The Annex Group, has secured social housing tax credits through the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority .
The apartments will be available to individuals and families earning 60% or less than the median income in the region.
One, two and three bedroom apartments are expected to rent between $ 940 and $ 1,200.
Construction is expected to take more than a year and some apartments will be available in early 2023.
Meanwhile, in Brighton, a new 200-unit luxury apartment complex on Mill Pond is delayed, but the developers are still suing it.
Lansing-based development group DTN has asked city officials for a one-year site plan extension for the Vista in Uptown. City officials approved the extension in October.
The four story complex is expected to be built on approximately four acres around 716 N. Second St. between the road and Mill Pond, south of Advance Street. It will also include a three-story parking lot, boardwalks and shoreline access along Mill Pond.
The DTN development group has done some work on the site, including the shaving of several old houses and utility works.
In Hartland Township, two large housing estates received preliminary approvals from municipal authorities.
Developers are expected to finalize plans for a 148-unit Redwood Living apartment complex on approximately 27 acres of Hartland Glen Golf Course off M-59 and west of Pleasant Valley Road.
The proposed apartments would all consist of two bedrooms and two bathrooms with attached garages.
Mayberry Homes, based in East Lansing, worked on a housing development project, Newberry Place, for several years and has made significant progress after the approval of the township’s official preliminary plans.
Newberry Place would consist of a maximum of 417 residential units, which could be a mix of single family homes, attached condominiums, apartments and duplexes on approximately 108 acres on the north and south sides of M-59 west of the roads. Pleasant Valley and Fenton.
The company also plans to develop up to 133,000 square feet of commercial properties, which could be retail stores, restaurants, gas stations and other businesses. Some could be mixed use, with lofts above the stores.
Township officials also approved plans for Hartland Senior Living, a future three-story, 146-unit seniors’ residence on approximately 18 acres on the north side of M-59 between Bullard and Fenton roads.
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This article originally appeared on Livingston Daily: Developments to watch in Livingston County in 2022