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Detroit-area course facing another development proposal

Detroit-area course facing another development proposal

LYON TWP., Mich. — Developers have teed up another housing project for a golf course in the Detroit metro area.

Lombardo Homes is taking a new swing at redeveloping Coyote Golf Club, 28700 Milford Road, at the northeast corner of Milford and 12 Mile roads. A larger proposal in 2019 was unanimously shot down by planners who feared the traffic and density would be too great and similar concerns are being voiced this time around.

The golf course, which was built in 1999 and designed by Scott Thacker, was listed as one of the best public golf courses in the Detroit metro region by Free Press golf writer and columnist Carlos Monarrez in 2018. It is still open and functioning.

The Coyote Golf Club conceptual plan, presented by Amie Ackerman to the township planning commission Monday night, visualized 298 homes on 183 acres while also retaining natural features, including keeping 77 acres, or 42 percent of the property, as open space.

“We want to maintain the spirit and intent of the master plan,” Ackerman said.

The proposed development, “Settler’s Ridge,” would locate 100 townhomes in the $300,000 range across 18 buildings, as well as 104 single-family homes on 95-foot-wide lots and 94 single-family homes on 72-foot-wide lots, ranging from about $600,000 to just more than $700,000 in price.

Ackerman stressed that the overall concept would make a good transition from light-industrial to the north of the property to the single-family homes to the south and east.

Township Planner Brian Keesey agreed, saying the planning department is supportive of the design and retention of existing features on the site. He noted the project’s density is higher than the 229 units that would be allowed in the current master plan, but added that the plan is “not current with what we are talking about.”

“This is in concept with what we desire in terms of buffer from the industrial uses planned to the north and preservation for homes to the south and east,” Keesey said. “It’s a good fit.”

New proposal not on par

The proposal is much smaller than the 477-unit development Lombardo proposed in 2019, and slightly smaller than the 310-unit development proposed by SE Metro Property Services just over a year ago.

Similar to the latter plan, however, the Settler’s Ridge proposal includes a property donation sweetener for the township. Lombardo is offering to give the township 8 acres on the Coyote site, including the course’s clubhouse and adjacent parking…


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