Greystone expansion clears first hurdle

Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – Residential development continues strong on the city’s south side.

The Plan Commission Thursday gave its nod to a proposed expansion of the Greystone subdivision off Hill and Dale Road, including a new condominium development.

The site plans must still go before the City Council, which must also approve a developer’s agreement for the new developments.

“We have more demand,” Oyvind Solvang of Hillcrest Builders, the Greystone developers, told the commission.

The second addition to the south side subdivision would add 23 single-family lots directly to the south of the existing subdivision, which Solvang said is nearly completely sold out.

The proposed duplex condominium development would be just to the east of the Greystone second addition.

That requires a rezoning of the parcel from single- to multi-family, which the commission also recommended to the council.

That parcel was originally zoned single-family along with the rest of the proposed subdivision, but Solvang cited several items that brought about the change in direction.

The condominium development would be directly to the south of an apartment complex being completed on Hill and Dale Road. “That sets us up for condominiums,” Solvang said.

“And the condo market is strong,” he added.

At the end of the meeting, commission member Jim Flanagan asked about the status of the property at 408 E. Mill St.

Demolition was recently completed of the commercial building on the site that was destroyed in a fatal fire last fall.

“I think the whole process was more involved than building it,” Building Inspector Pete Scheuermann said of the demolition process.

He did praise the owners of the building and the two adjacent buildings on either side, which both sustained some fire damage, for their cooperation in the investigation and demolition process.

Scheuermann said both neighboring buildings will need to repairs walls they shared with the destroyed building.

Along with that, he said, both owners have indicated they will upgrade apartments on the upper floors of their buildings as part of the process.

To help facilitate that process, the city has given the owner of 408 E. Mill St. until then end of August to bring in necessary fill to bring the lot up to street level, City Administrator Brian Yerges reported.

That will provide time for work on the walls of the neighboring buildings, including basement walls below grade.

Yerges said the designation of downtown as a National Historic Register site will help the owners of the neighboring buildings in their upgrade efforts.

“Ironically, thankfully, we had the historic district to help save the other buildings,” he commented.

As for 408 E. Mill St., Scheuermann said, “the owner has indicated he is not interested in rebuilding.”

Scheuermann cited the high cost of rebuilding on the narrow, 25-foot lot.

“Then we’ve got a floodplain issue in the back of the lot,” he added. “There are several issues involved here.”

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