As expected, Boji Development plans to bring 14 single-family homes to the former 47th District Courthouse property in Farmington.
The only real question is how the new neighborhood will be structured.
City officials last month accepted the company’s $250,000 offer for the property, and Planning Commission members got their first look at the project Monday, during a pre-application conference. (Take a look at the site plan and other documentation on the city’s website.)
The Planned Unit Development (PUD) concept plan showed homes lining a single street that empties out onto 10 Mile Road. The street “stubs” at the border with Farmington Public Schools bus garage and administrative center property.
Joe Boji, speaking on behalf of the developer, told commission members Monday that ranch and colonial houses, ranging in size from 1700 to 2800 square feet, will be offered.
“Four or five different floor plans will be offered,” Boji said, adding the company will “build to suit”.
Economic and Community Development Director Kevin Christensen said that a horseshoe drive in front of the courthouse building, and a street between the building and the Maxfield Education Center, will be abandoned. In addition, the developer will demolish the building, which has been vacant for more than a decade.
Plans also call for a “green space” in the northeast corner of the development.
Boji said that homes will either be site condos or detached site condos; the only real difference between the two is how maintenance will be split between the homeowner and condo association.
“Either way it’ll look the same from the outside,” he added.
“Do you envision this as a mix of retirees, young families?” commission member Steve Majoros asked. “What’s the plan, what’s the desired tenant?”
“We’re expecting a wide range, a complete mix of ages and family structures,” Boji responded. “There aren’t many new neighborhoods in the city, Once this goes up, I think you’re going to get a lot of people interested.”
The smallest unit has three bedrooms and two baths, with a full basement, and will accommodate almost any size family, he added.
“You better be able to move fast,” commissioner Ken Ciara said, “because the houses in my neighborhood are going in two to three days, for more than the asking price.”
Christiansen said the next step for the project is a public hearing with complete preliminary plans.