2018-09-06 / Local News

Padellas get OK to move ahead with development off Richter Rd.


THE PADELLAS, Frank and Micheline, present a site plan to the Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission for a 13-unit residential development off Richter Road. Planners approved the project Tuesday night. THE PADELLAS, Frank and Micheline, present a site plan to the Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission for a 13-unit residential development off Richter Road. Planners approved the project Tuesday night. Developers Frank and Micheline Padella can move forward with a project that could result in construction of 13 new homes in Suttons Bay Township following action this week by the township Planning Commission.

Township planners agreed Tuesday evening to approve a special use permit for a “clustered” development of 13 homes on a 36-acre parcel zoned for agriculture. It’s located off Richter Road just south of the Village of Suttons Bay.

The homes would be built on lots of about one-half acre each, clustered on between seven and eight acres. The remainder of the property would remain as wooded open space with walking trails for residents.

Frank Padella said he expected that lots and homes in the development would be valued somewhere beginning in the $250,000 price-range, depending on options.

Earlier this year, the Padellas also presented plans for a multi-family residential project nearby off Richter Road just south of M-22. However, they have since split off the roughly 6.5 acres planned for that project and are trying to sell it or find a partner to help in its development.

Originally, they had proposed building several “four-plex” buildings on the property and marketing residential units there as more affordable “workforce housing.” Those plans have been put on hold, however.

But plans are moving ahead for the 13-unit single family home development to the south. Township zoning administrator Steve Patmore explained that a special use permit was required because zoning for the agricultural district requires a minimum lot size of two acres. However, the ordinance also allows for “clustered” housing with smaller lots that preserve open space with a special land use permit.

Township planners authorized Patmore to issue that permit when several routine conditions are met. Conditions include the issuance of soil erosion control permit, and a permit for well and septic systems for each unit from the Health Department.

The new development has been named “Oak Rise.” The new cul-desac on which the 13 new home sites will be located has been named Ora Lee Lane.

Micheline Padella said she and her husband plan to begin work on the road soon and break ground on the first of the homes sometime this fall. The Padellas have been responsible for several major developments in the region.

“We plan to market lots and homes as a package to assure architectural consistency in the neighborhood and hope to get this project moving forward fairly quickly,” Micheline Padella said.

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