Verdict on Farmington courthouse property: sold

2017 Year in Stories

Farmington officials may finally have connected this year with the right developer for a city-owned property that has taken more than a decade to sell.

While the purchase depends on final approval of a Planned Unit Development (PUD) agreement, Farmington Hills-based Boji Development expects to build 14 single-family homes on the former 47th District Court property. The 3.8-acre parcel sits along 10 Mile Road between Raphael and Elizabeth Court.

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On Monday, Farmington Planning Commission members will set the project’s first official public hearing, likely for their first 2018 meeting, January 8. The Ten Mile Development Group (an off-shoot of Boji Development) purchased the property in mid-October for $250,000, a price that includes demolition of the courthouse.

Last month, Joe Boji, speaking on behalf of the developer, told Planning Commission members that the 14 homes, built in ranch and colonial styles, will range in size from 1700 to 2800 square feet. Plans show a single street that empties onto 10 Mile Road and ends at the Farmington Public Schools (FPS) bus garage and administrative center property.

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Part of the Boji Development proposal included this look at the 14-unit courthouse property and the Farmington Public Schools property not yet on the market. (file photo)

Boji has created a concept plan that shows the neighboring property, which is not yet up for sale. The 10 acres likely won’t hit the market until the district has a solid plan for moving FPS administrative offices and the bus garage.

That reality led a previous developer, SDC Ventures, to drop a proposal for 19 attached condos. In last 2016, owner Roger Scherr told officials, “It was my expectation that the neighboring school property would become available in a timely manner to combine the two properties in the site plan approval process.”

The 2015 Downtown Farmington Plan envisions medium-density housing for the school property, preserving a popular community sledding hill now accessed from the Schulman Administration Building parking lot.

Look for the Boji development to move forward in 2018. The plan fits well with the city’s vision for the property, and Farmington needs new construction. Riverwalk of Farmington, a 33-home project that broke ground in 2015 on the former Flanders Elementary School site, sold out last year.

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