UPDATE - 10/10/2019
The most recent plan presented to Planning Commission in 2018 was not a formal site plan, but a conceptual plan. No new plans have been submitted to the City for discussion or review. The property owners are working with the State Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy Department (EGLE), formally known as the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), to meet environmental remediation requirements before creating new plans or applying for any formal approvals. Any new plans would have to appear in front of Planning Commission as a public hearing where occupants and property owners within 500 feet around the site would be mailed a notice of the meeting.
Detroit Axle has been negotiating with Pinecrest Holdings to purchase 6 acres of the site, and they received site plan approval after public meetings with notice to the community for an expansion of their 8 Mile Road facility immediately to the east of their existing building. In July-August 2019, trees fronting 8 Mile Road were removed by a contractor in error and Detroit Axle paid approximately $52K into the city tree fund to account for the loss of the trees. As is standard with all site plan approvals in the city, Detroit Axle has two years to proceed with the project, including addressing any environmental concerns that apply to the project, before the site plan approval expires. Please visit the Detroit Axle page for more information on that portion of the site.
EGLE has been working with Pinecrest Holdings to comply with the requirements for environmental cleanup on the site. Sampling occurred in the public right of way along Pinecrest Dr. to ensure that nothing is migrating from the property into public spaces or private homes. EGLE has been communicating with residents along Pinecrest Dr. as well as with the City. Pinecrest Holdings has been working to meet the deadlines set forth by EGLE regarding various compliance steps. Cleanup requirements apply to the entire site, run with the property, and are the responsibility of the property owner to address before any development can occur. To the City’s knowledge, Pinecrest Holdings is complying with all EGLE requests at this time.