2018-08-12 / News

Mayfield Twp. Planning Commission gives conditional approval to medical building

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com


Sandro Palazzolo shows his plans for Dr. Mohamad Arja’s planned 10,000-square-foot medical building to the Mayfield Township Planning Commission. 
Photo by Phil Foley Sandro Palazzolo shows his plans for Dr. Mohamad Arja’s planned 10,000-square-foot medical building to the Mayfield Township Planning Commission. Photo by Phil Foley MAYFIELD TWP. — Mayfield Township Planning Commissioners gave a conditional nod Wednesday to a Macomb man looking to construct a 10,000-square-foot building.

Sandro Palazzolo plans to build a medical building next to Comfort Kennels on the 1700 block of North Saginaw St. for Dr. Mohamad Arja, an internist at McLaren Lapeer Region. Palazzolo hopes to have the building done by May 2019.

Palazzolo said Arja plans to use half the building for his own out-patient practice and the other half for space for a physical therapist.

The one hiccup in the plans was Arja’s desire for a second-floor apartment for his own use in the building. At first planning commissioners said he would need to get a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals, but then planning commissioner Chuck Hiner said code allows apartments in commercial districts as a special land-use approval.

Planning commissioners voted unanimously to give Palazzolo a conditional approval, provided he files a special land-use approval application.

Bill Jennings, the new owner of the Lapeer International Dragway, told planning commissioners that he’s hired an engineer and plans to seek permission to build a campground at the drag strip on 83 acres he bought adjacent to the 50-year-old track.

Sue and Ron Jostock, who live next to the track, reminded planning commissioners that the track as it stands is a non-conforming use.

Jennings told planning commission members that he’s just “trying to fix what’s there.”

Ron Jostock, who grew up on his family farm next to the track and likes it, said he’s concerned about “all those unknown variables.”

Jennings didn’t give planning commissioners a timeline to come back with campground plans.

However, Jennings believes a campground would help relieve traffic congestion on Roods Lake Road that’s developed since the track reopened July.

In other action planning commission business, members voted to limit the height of accessory buildings in residential districts to 15 feet.

“We don’t want tall garages in high density areas,” Hiner said, but he added, “It’s not going to fix all the problems.”

Commissioner Mike Hemmingsen suggested that using engineered trusses would still give property owners a building tall enough to accommodate a motor home.

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