Thursday, October 19, 2023

Planners reject proposed project at Sparr’s site

The proposed growth of an apartment complex at the site of Sparr's Greenhouse and Nursery in Plymouth Township hasn't flourished with planners or the public.

The proposed building would be constructed on the 5-acres at the corner of Joy and Lilley roads where Sparr's Greenhouse and three houses have stood for five decades. The budding plan which includes 68 units in three apartment buildings, was first presented to township planning commission about six months ago by property owners Mohammad Nawwas and Naji Kahala. Planning commissioners at that time suggested multiple changes to the initial plan which would include a smaller, renovated Sparr's Flower Shop.

Nawwas and Kahals, along with architect Scott Wright of D.S. Wright and Associates, presented their enhanced plan to members of the Plymouth Township Board of Trustees Oct. 11 seeking rezoning for the site. 

While the new plan now meets the requirements for rezoning, neighboring property owners were on hand to voice objections to the proposed loft apartments. 

Residents told the trustees they were concerned about traffic in the area which they described as already congested. Nearby subdivision residents expressed their concern about the three-story building impacting their privacy. 

Nawwas and Kahals, told the trustees they have made every accommodation recommended by the planning commissioners and described the project as upscale lofts and businesses. 

Planning commissioners were not in favor of the proposed fast-food drive-thru restaurant which has been eliminated from the new plans.

The township board members have the final decision regarding the proposed construction at the site which must be presented to the planning commission again before returning to the board of trustees for consideration.