Members of the Canton township Planning Commission have approved plans for a 62-acre, mixed use development on Michigan Avenue.
The new development, named Redwood Marketplace, includes plans for several hundred single-story apartment units and commercial buildings. It would be the first of this type in the southern end of the township. Commissioners approved the plan and recommended final approval for the planned development district during the Nov. 1 meeting.
The apartment units would be constructed first on 48-acres of the site and the commercial development would be constructed on about 14 acres and be developed at a later date. John Gaber, an attorney representing the commercial development, said it would be several years before any businesses would open at the site. He said the residential construction would eventually provide the customer base for the commercial buildings.
“It's difficult to take a bare site like this and market the commercial first,” he said. “This residential base provides a market for that,” Gaber said.
The planned development district will now need approval from the township board of trustees and review and approval of a site plan by the planning commissioners will be required.