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Revised Sparr’s Greenhouse plan includes senior assisted-living facility

 Revised Sparr’s Greenhouse plan includes senior assisted-living facility

Owners of the property on which Sparr’s Flowers and Greenhouse has sat for decades wants to include a senior-living home on the site.

Owners of five acres of land near the northwest corner of Lilley and Joy roads — the site Sparr’s Flowers & Greenhouse has called home for over five decades — would like to include a single-story 48-unit senior assisted-living facility and mixed-use office complex to the property.

Mohammad Nawwas and Naji Kahala, who purchased the land in December of 2022, will explain their vision to the Plymouth Township Planning Commission during Wednesday’s 7 p.m. public hearing at the township’s municipal offices.

The landowners initially proposed in 2023 that a three-story loft apartment complex be built on the northern section of the property.

Following pushback from neighbors who live in the subdivision west of the property, they went back to the drawing board and are ready to unveil their revised plans.

‘Refreshed’ Sparr’s will stay

The landowners emphasize they will maintain a downsized and upgraded Sparr’s flower shop, although several existing in-disrepair greenhouses on the north end of the property will be demolished as will three existing residential homes on the west side of Lilley Road.

An aerial graphic of how the landowners would like to redevelop the property

The undeveloped land on the corner of Joy and Lilley will be developed into a mixed-use building that will include professional offices and/or health-service suites on the first floor; and apartments and/or lofts on the upper floors, according to the developers’ plans mapped out in Wednesday’s planning commission packet.

Rezoning required

The developers need the approval of the Plymouth Township Board of Trustees to move forward with the project since the property must be rezoned from single-family residential (R-1) to commercial level 2 (C-2).

“We will work with the Township Planner and Planning Consultant to develop the best standards for the project to meet existing and future zoning and development criteria,” the landowners stated in their proposal.
“We are proposing that the northeast corner of Joy Road and Lilley be improved and redeveloped. Utilizing Planned Unit Development (PUD), the development will create a cohesive mixed-use site.
“The existing Sparr’s Flowers and Greenhouse will remain as part of this project. The existing greenhouses will be repaired and improved. The existing sales, office, and work building will be refreshed. Several existing greenhouses to the north of the building in disrepair will be removed to make way for new development.”

Yay or nay

Following Wednesday’s public hearing, planning commission members can make a recommendation to the board of trustees whether they feel the plan should be approved or denied.

Residents who live near the proposed development have voiced strong disagreement with the plan, citing the expected increase in traffic to the already-congested intersection and a decline in privacy for the neighbors who live in the nearby subdivision.

Ed Wright can be reached at 734-664-4657 or edwright@socialhousenews.com.

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