If you drive down Paxton or University Streets, you’ll notice that change is in the air—work has begun on one of the community’s newer development projects, Wilson Park Village, site of the former Wilson School.
The development, a Robertson Brothers Homes project, will bring 28 new single-family homes to residential southeast Ferndale. The site plan was approved by the Ferndale Planning Commission in April of this year, following sale of the property by Ferndale Schools.
As work on the new development begins in earnest and road, utility, and lot preparation gets underway, residents will begin to notice some clearing work being done on the property. It has many asking: What about the trees and landscaping?
When undertaking a new development, it is often necessary to lose some existing greenery. However, Ferndale has strictly embraced a development process that considers all plant and tree life and maintains policies to ensure that the community’s tree canopy and greenspaces continue to grow, thrive, and evolve.
The City and project development team have worked to reinvest in trees and landscaping on this project, including:
The investment in new tree growth as part of this development is just one example of the City’s commitment to the continued sustainability and development of greenspace. Mayor Coulter and Ferndale's City Council have made parks a top priority; the Parks and Recreation Committee (PARC) and Ferndale Parks Blue Ribbon Commission identified parks needs and provided direction for DPW to plant new landscaping and find innovative uses for existing greenspaces. Going forward, the City has a rigorous new five-year Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which outlines a variety of goals and initiatives to ensure City greenspace and tree cover now and into the future, including:
For more information about the Wilson Park Village project, please contact the City’s Community and Economic Development Department at 248-336-4370. To learn more about the City’s existing and future parks and greenspace initiatives, view the 2017 Parks and Recreation Master Plan.