Thursday, August 31, 2023

Changes to historic building win commission approval

A storm management plan and a revised landscape design convinced members of the City of Northville Planning Commission to approve plans for conversion of a historic home at the gateway to the city.

Commissioners approved the amended Final Site Plan for 342 E. Main, conditioned upon items in the Carlisle Wortman Associates (CWA) review letter dated July 24, 2023.

Revised plans submitted by owner Dennis Engerer to convert the gateway property, which housed the historic Yarnell Gold Cure Institute, into renovated office space met with the approval of the commission under specific conditions.

The five items in the CWA letter included Engerer's work with the DPW director and city engineer (consultant) to add a small back-out area in the grass strip to the west of the parking lot. He also must obtain Historic District Commission approval of the revised building and site plans. In addition, approved lighting information needs to be added to the amended Final Site Plan set, including the use of fixture shields to meet lighting ordinance requirements along property lines. 

Once all the conditions are met, restoration of an important historic structure will further enhance Downtown Northville, officials said.