Pinecrest Holdings Housing Development

Thursday October 4th, 2018
Ferndale Library 6:30-8:30p

**Project Update: The development team has not yet submitted a complete PUD application. Therefore, the project will not be in front of the Planning Commission until the new year. The environmental evaluation is still underway. No major updates at this time, but please check back at this page periodically. Please visit the Detroit Axle page for more information on that portion of the site.**

The City of Ferndale is considering a development proposal to build mixed residential housing at the northern portion of the vacant Hayes-Lemmerz site and mixed-use/light industrial at the southern portion of the vacant Hayes-Lemmerz site.

  • Project has to provide a public benefit
  • Site will be decontaminated

  1. May 2017: Concept proposed with 90 single-family homes. Housing is proposed to take up the northern half of the site, with the rest being developed later. Links: Meeting minutes & documents | Meeting recording
  2. Oct 2017: More trees added & decontamination emphasized Planning Commission raised concerns about affordability, the fact that the site is being developed in multiple stages, the fact that Ferndale might not need single family homes. Links: Meeting minutes & documents | Meeting recording 4 Dec 2017: Neighborhood question & answer with developers
  3. Previous Concept: 70 single-family & 27 multi-family homes. You are invited to share comments and feedback on the concept at the meeting or before the meeting by phone, by email, or on this website. Links: Meeting agenda & documents to review Note: The presentation on this project will be in the Discussion Section. An audio recording will be made available later. How you can engage Submit a comment Sign up for updates
  4. July 2018, the development team presented to the Planning Commission for discussion on the revised development plans. The northern portion of the property consisted of mixed-housing plans, and the southern portion consisted of mixed-use/light-industrial plans. It also included a public green space, and community center to transition the site between residential and other uses, as well as preserve trees throughout and along the perimeter of the site. Although there were no formal approvals, the Planning Commission recommended the development team submit a formal PUD application. Meeting Documents
  5. Next steps include the formal site plan submission for Planned Unit Development (PUD) to Planning Commission for approval. If approved by Planning Commission, the next step is City Council approval.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is a Planned Unit Development (PUD)? This is a form of planning allows for flexibility and creativity in normal zoning requirements. There are several requirements developers must fulfill in order to qualify for this type of project. Those requirements are:
  • How can I review the documents for this project? There is a copy of the environmental reports as provided by the development team, as well as key contacts available at the Ferndale Public Library. Otherwise, there is a set of key project links found on the right side of this page. Can't find what you are looking for? Feel free to contact the CED Department at
  • How does this updated version differ from the first versions?Original versions of the design included single family housing in the R-1 zoned parcel (north part). This design was largely suburban in nature. Following community engagement and feedback, the design has been updated to include a pedestrian, non-motorized pathway between the north and south parcels, mixture of housing types and styles, mixed-use and light industrial in the southern half of the property.