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Marc O'Rourke, owner of ...
Marc O'Rourke, owner of Landmarc Building/Development in Novi, addressed what he described as the two issues raised in a previous planning commission meeting in February.
The first issue, O'Rourke
said, was mitigating the environmental impact of the new subdivision on the Griggs drain at the north end of the subdivision.O'Rourke
said that a swale ditch would be constructed at the north end of the site during construction, to trap water runoff and direct it away from the drain.
In order to protect the drain after the new homes are built and occupied, O'Rourke
said that homeowners adjacent to the drain will be required to use a lawn fertilizer with limited phosphorus content.The requirement will be noted in the deed to the property.
The other requirement that he
was asked to address, O'Rourke
said, was an Alternatives Analysis that showed alternatives layouts of the homes in the subdivision.O'Rourke
said that five site layout alternatives had been considered, but when factors like the front of the homes facing Haggerty Road, open space and tree preservation were considered, the specific site plan proposal before the Planning Commission
was the best alternative.
Howell developers end drainage dispute - 05/09/02
In the meantime, Gallery Park developer Marc O'Rourke, of Landmarc Building/Development Inc., has submitted revised engineering plans that will allow Town Commons to tap into his developments' proposed drainage system.He expects the city to approve the plans and issue the construction permits he needs within a month. Town Commons and Gallery Park are next door to each other on the north side of M-59 just west of Oak Grove Road. Last fall, residents along Henderson Road just north of Town Commons experienced severe flooding when water overflowed from a 1.5-million-gallon retention basin on the Town Commons property.The city ordered Town Commons to come up with a better storm water drainage system, and in the meantime stopped issuing some construction and occupancy permits. City officials wanted Town Commons to tap into a drainage system to be built for Gallery Park.While the two developers struggled to reach an agreement, the city delayed approval of Gallery Park's engineering plans.
"That was Marc's
didn't want to have to pay for that work.Anything over and above his
scope of work we'll take care of." Earlier this year, DeMaria offered O'Rourke
$15,000 for the easement rights to tap into Gallery Park's
That wasn't enough for O'Rourke
, who said the offer wasn't "serious." Now, O'Rourke
satisfied the amount of infrastructure DeMaria will pay for is equal to the value of the easement. "It's fairly simple.They're going to do some of the installation of some of the storm sewer in exchange for a property easement," O'Rourke
said."We're glad they stepped up to the plate and made what we consider a reasonable offer." Under the agreement, water will drain from Town Commons through Gallery Park's pipes to a retention pond at the northwest corner of M-59 and Oak Grove Road.From there, the water will flow over ground to a 24-inch storm sewer pipe that runs underneath the M-59/Oak Grove intersection and empties into Bogue Creek.
Planning commissioners listened to the ...
Planning commissioners listened to the proposal from Marc O'Rourke, a representative of Landmarc Building/ Development in Novi.
Drain dispute ties up plans for 2 housing developments - 04/03/02
Gallery Park's developer, Marc O'Rourke, looking over blueprints at his development, says the city won't approve his plans unless he lets Town Commons tap into his drainage system.
...O'Rourke, of Landmarc Building/Development Inc., says he can't start construction on his housing units until his engineering plans are approved.
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...Meanwhile, Gallery Park's developer, Marc O'Rourke of Landmarc Building/Development Inc., said he can't start construction on his housing units until his engineering plans are approved -- and the city won't approve them unless he lets Town Commons tap into his drainage system.
At present, the $100 million Town Commons has space ready to lease but no occupancy permits.The $26 million Gallery Park development is waiting to start construction.And the city is standing its ground until the flooding problem is resolved.
said most of the city's changes are reasonable, some are not -- but the one he's
really got a problem with is a requirement to let Town Commons tap into his
drainage system.There's nothing in the city's guidelines that would authorize that, he
said. "Connecting with Town Commons is one of the issues on their review list," O'Rourke
said."It's not fair for us to be forced into the solution involuntarily.The city really doesn't have the right to force us to do that." Wilson said the city has "encouraged" O'Rourke
to work with DeMaria
on an area-wide storm water management system.
said if Town Commons wants a deal, they need to come up with a better offer.DeMaria
up to $15,000 for the right to tap in to Gallery Park's
confirmed that he
received the offer, but he
said it is not enough. "Fifteen thousand dollars is barely enough to cover the attorney's fees I have already put into this problem," O'Rourke
said."I know what I've paid for easements in other areas in the past, and that figure just is not a serious figure." Gallery Park
is a mixed-use development to be located on 34 acres just north of M-59.The first phase of the development will include 162 residences, part multi-unit condos and part single family homes.An elder-care facility and commercial building will be built later. Town Commons is right next door, just west of Gallery Park
.The 64-acre development includes two three-story apartment buildings, retail shops, condominiums and single family homes.
trying to lean on the city to get the city to do that for him," O'Rourke
Developers stand in line to break ground in Howell - 03/08/02
Developer Marc O'Rourke, of Landmarc Building/Development Inc., said he hopes to begin construction in April or May. "Our engineering plans are in final review, and we hope to submit for our first set of permits within 30 days," O'Rourke said. Gallery Park will include 162 Craftsman-style residences, part multi-unit condominiums and part single-family homes.About 6 1/2 acres have been set aside for an elder-care facility and commercial building, to be built later. The residences are priced from $145,000 for a two-bedroom condominium, to nearly $300,000 for a 2,300 square-foot home. "Our brochures are in the planning stages right now, and we hope to move our sales trailer out there in the next 30 days to start pre-sales," O'Rourke said. Gallery Park is designed to blend architecturally with the nearby Town Commons development.Both are built in a "town-center" style, which places a variety of residential types within walking distance of shops and offices.
Town Commons The $100 million, 64-acre Town Commons development is planned to include two, three-story apartment buildings, retail shops, condominiums and single family homes.The development is located on M-59 between Byron and Oak Grove Roads.