At their upcoming virtual meeting on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m., the Peninsula Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed development for Seven Hills Road. The developers are seeking a special use permit to further develop the office/retail space currently located at 13795 Seven Hills Road, north of Devils Dive Road. The property is commercially zoned.
This meeting will take place on Zoom, and the public may tune in and/or make public comments via the Zoom app or the dial-in phone number. To join using the Zoom App on a computer, tablet or smartphone, click the following link shortly before 7 p.m.: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89262394603
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To join by dialing in via telephone, call (312) 626-6799, followed by the Webinar ID: 892 6239 4603, followed by the # key.
You may also email comments to Peninsula Township Planner Randy Mielnik, [email protected].
According to the meeting packet, which you can see in its entirety on the Peninsula Township website here, “The project is helmed by five long-term residents of the Old Mission Peninsula: Jordan Valdmanis, Brian Peace, Troy Daily, Jeff Fedorinchik and Jay Milliken, who share a love and dedication to responsible growth and development. The intent of Seven Hills is to create a focused, well-curated experience rooted in local commerce and exceptional hospitality.”
The developers are currently under purchase contract with the existing owner, and the project will entail both existing buildings and new buildings.
In their special use permit application, the developers note that the space will be transitioning from previous industrial, manufacturing and commercial/office services to a more community oriented use, including mixed retail, hospitality (food, beverage, lodging), health and wellness, a farmer’s market, art gallery and studio, and outdoor recreation.
The lodging component includes a two story, 10-unit motel on the west side of the parcel.
According to their application, “Our proposed development conforms to regulations of the zoning district. As it currently sits, the only potential non-conforming zoning item for this property is the stated five acre minimum lot size requirement for Motel/Tourist Court, Section 8.10. Under the new zoning ordinance DRAFT, section 6.15, our proposed plan meets all qualifying conditions.”
Their Mission Statement from the packet notes that they plan “to create a well curated, community center for Old Mission Peninsula residents and visitors to gather, socialize, shop and dine. Optimal geographical location, centrally !ocated among many Old Mission landmarks, Seven Hills will add value to the community through highly aligned offerings.”
Here is the site plan included in the meeting packet. Seven Hills Road is located on the right side of the site plan.
The meeting agenda also includes a public hearing for Zoning Amendment #200 – Accessory Solar Equipment, a public hearing on the Zoning Ordinance Update (continued from previous Planning Commission meetings), and a discussion regarding the Master Plan Update.
Thoughts on the Seven Hills development or other items on the agenda? Sound off in the comments section at the bottom of this story.
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