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Residents, developer dispute over acreage in Michigan


The case will soon be heard in the Michigan Court of Appeals. “We’ve always been concerned about the number of houses going in there,” said Mark Wollenweber, Grosse Pointe Shores City Manager. The community has about 1,300 mansions and large homes.


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GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich(AP) — Residents of a Detroit suburb are disputing with a developer over how many homes should occupy an 8-acre portion of land. An eight-bedroom 1940s mansion currently sits on the acreage in question in the upscale city of Grosse Pointe Shores, the Detroit Free Press reported Developer Richard Russell hopes to tear down the mansion and build 18 luxury homes. Sixteen residents filed a lawsuit last month to limit the number of homes built on the land to no more than sixResidents hope to stop traffic congestion and a drop in property values, said attorney John Lizza, who is co-counsel on the lawsuit. Russell said the resistance to his proposed development “happens every time there’s a big piece of property.” Most Read StoriesSeahawks free agents: An early look at who may stay and who may goStraightening of curve at Amtrak derailment site in Dupont had not been state priorityMan banned from Alaska Air after alleged harassmentDedicated Lacey firefighter, dead at 40, was passionate role model for girlsBoeing unveils drone capable of landing on aircraft carrier, as Navy competition heats upUnlimited Digital Access $1 for 4 weeks.“People get used to having it open,” he said. Russell has filed a lawsuit of his own against Grosse Pointe Shores after the Planning Commission, City Council and Zoning Board of Appeals rejected his proposal saying it violates the city’s cul-de-sac ordinanceThe case will soon be heard in the Michigan Court of Appeals. “We’ve always been concerned about the number of houses going in there,” said Mark Wollenweber, Grosse Pointe Shores City Manager. The community has about 1,300 mansions and large homesThe cul-de-sac ordinance limits how long blind alleys can be and requires large turnarounds to provide emergency vehicles with easy access, Wollenweber said. If Russell is allowed to build the 18 homes, the area will see a large increase in residents and vehicles that will dramatically change the neighborhood’s character, the residents’ lawsuit claimsPolice, fire service, emergency medical services and the sewer system will also be challenged by the increase, the lawsuit says. ___ Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com The Associated Press Next StoryInvestigators seek cause of deadly bus crash in Utah desert Previous StorySchool damaged by suspicious fire will reopen on time // PROD-1622 Outbrain AB Test // Have to disable outbrain from running at this point based on optimizely test booleans (function() { if ( SEATIMESCO.hasOwnProperty('outbrain') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.hasOwnProperty('enabled') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.enabled === false ) { var outbrain = null; outbrain = document.querySelector('.OUTBRAIN[data-widget-id="AR_6"]'); if (outbrain !== null ) { outbrain.parentNode.removeChild(outbrain); } } })(); Contact Newsroom staff list FAQ Contact form About the company Seattle Restaurant Week Newspapers in Education Fund for the Needy Employment Historical Archives Pulitzers Company information Permissions Seattle Times Store Advertise Classifieds Autos Homes Obituary Jobs Media Kit Advertise with Us Subscriber Services Subscribe Activate Account Manage Subscription Place Temporary Hold Report Delivery Issue Make a Payment Print Replica Today’s Front Page Facebook Twitter RSS Feeds Newsletters Mobile Apps Subscribe

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