Long-time Farmington Hills restaurant may make way for senior living

A popular restaurant with more than 35 years of history in Farmington Hills may soon make way for a senior living community.

Farmington Hills city council members will on Monday consider a plan to rezone the Ginopolis’ on the Grill property at 12 Mile and Middlebelt, along with two residential lots, from business and residential to multiple family residential. Harbor Retirement Development has plans to build an assisted living and memory care facility.

The Hills Planning Commission in January reviewed the request and recommended forwarding it to council. According to meeting minutes, residents from neighboring Orion Court spoke out against the development, citing the affect on property values, the character of the development, and increased ambulance traffic. They were also concerned about uses allowed under the proposed zoning if the senior living project falls through.

Richard A. Baummer, representing Florida-based HRA Senior Living, said the 2-story buildings will have balconies similar to those of neighboring condos. Company statistics show the facility might have a handful of medical calls during the month, but there could be a reduction of ambulance calls community-wide as residents “aged in place” with staff on-site 24 hours a day, he said.

Planning Commission Chair Steven Schwartz asked that ambulance traffic enter off 12 Mile Road, especially at night and on weekends.

In its approval, the Commission cited the zoning as a “reasonable alternative to the Master Plan because it will promote the land use policies of the Master Plan and will not conflict with present policies.”

In addition to the property rezoning, officials will during their 7:30 p.m. meeting consider:

  • a liquor license transfer from The Tandoors Bar & Grill to Sree Rudra, at 30701 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills;
  • a grant agreement between Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) and the Cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills; and
  • appointments to Boards and Commissions

Council members will also meet in the Community Room for a 6 p.m. study session to discuss the state’s new marijuana law and hear a community development and rental inspection update. Agendas for both meetings are posted at fhgov.com.