With neighbors and consultants on board, Farmington Planning Commission members on Monday approved a plan to build 14 homes on the city’s northern border.
Preliminary plans for Liberty Hill, on 10 Mile Road between Raphael and Farmington Road, focus on the 3.8-acre former 47th District Courthouse property. City officials last year approved the company’s $250,000 purchase offer for the property, which includes demolition of the courthouse, which has been vacant for 14 years.
Boji Development has also drawn up a concept plan for housing on adjacent property owned by Farmington Public Schools.
During Monday’s public hearing on the Liberty Hill project, OHM Advisors consultant Matt Parks said that even though the plan is much less dense than a previous proposal for a memory care facility, “it still works with the infrastructure.” OHM’s report raised nine issues that included the need for more information about stormwater management, pedestrian connectivity, on-street parking, and whether the streets will be publicly or privately owned.
Community and Economic Development Director Kevin Christiansen said the city’s goal is to have roads and other infrastructure remain public, and the decision regarding on-street parking would come in the final stages of the project.
Parks said the review notes were not “glaring show-stoppers” and all issues the developer could work out as the plan moves forward.
Commissioner Steve Majoros asked about the diversity of home designs. In the extreme, he asked, if buyers all choose the smallest or largest floor plans, “is there anything we should be concerned with?”
Joe Boji said the company offers up to seven different elevations for each ranch or colonial design, and each homeowner will have the opportunity to select from different materials.
“We don’t want 14 of the same houses either,” he said.
Residents raised a few questions about sewer capacity, who would be responsible for property maintenance, and whether demolition of the courthouse would include asbestos remediation. But no one spoke against the project.
“We’re pleased to see the development that’s going in there,” Elizabeth Court resident Buzz Holzknecht said.
Liberty Hill plans will next be reviewed by Farmington city council members.
VERDICT ON FARMINGTON COURTHOUSE PROPERTY: SOLD
FARMINGTON COMMISSION GETS FIRST LOOK AT COURTHOUSE PROPERTY PLAN
FARMINGTON SELLS COURTHOUSE PROPERTY, PENDING APPROVALS
HILLS DEVELOPER MAY BRING 14 NEW HOMES TO FARMINGTON
FARMINGTON OFFICIALS REVIEW NEW COURTHOUSE PROPERTY PLANS
ANALYSIS: FARMINGTON COURTHOUSE PROPERTY NO EASY SELL