Residential construction is booming across Canton Township as new houses, condos and apartments are popping up while crews work through a mild Michigan winter.
In 2022, Canton Township’s Planning Division was keeping tabs on 23 different housing projects in the community totaling about 3,500 new homes, condos or apartment units. In some cases, construction is wrapping up after several years in the planning and building phase. In other cases, projects are still under review by the township.
“There’s a lot going on right now,” said Canton Township Community Planner Patrick Sloan. “There’s a strong demand for housing in the area and in Canton specifically. It ebbs and flows each year, but we are one of the faster growing communities in the area.”
One of the largest projects is Filmore Apartments, where 504 units are planned on the west side of Beck Road between Michigan Avenue and Geddes Road. A few of the units have been finished and are now occupied and the 97-acre parcel is crowded with construction crews on any given day.
‘Rigorous’ residential planning process
According to Census data, Canton’s population increased by almost 8,500 people between 2010 and 2020. Over that same time period, Sloan said, the number of housing units in Canton increased by about 3,300 units, which works out to an increase of about 9.4 percent in both population and housing in the past decade.
“We’ve been growing fast and continuing that rate of growth since 2020,” Sloan said.
He noted developers that want to build homes in the township must first undergo a rigorous process that includes review by the planning department to ensure the project complies with township ordinance for permitted use, as well as with rules for building setbacks, architecture, landscaping, parking, lighting and access management.
“We also look outside the site, at how the project relates to the adjacent properties, the adjacent road networks and the utility networks,” he said, noting a traffic study is required in some cases. “Before an application can be submitted for planning commission review, it is also looked at by the engineering division, with the fire department and with the building and inspection services division.”
Projects submitted as “planned developments” have slightly different requirements, allowing for development of the property in a way that is not always to the strict letter of the zoning ordinance.
For example, a developer may want to cluster homes on a larger parcel of land to reduce the construction footprint. This may call for smaller lots or reduced setbacks, but does not increase in the overall density of the project.
“For the township, the benefits are that by clustering units, that increases the amount of open space that’s undisturbed on the property,” Sloan said. “That’s led to a lot of preservation of wetlands and woodlands that would have otherwise been cleared in a conventional development.”
Once the planning division recommends the project for approval, it is sent to the planning commission for review, then to the township board for a final stamp of approval.
For developer, Canton is a ‘wonderful place’
Sunrise Land Group, which will appear on the township’s 2023 residential development map, is planning 449-for-rent homes on a 225-acre parcel north of Geddes Road and west of Denton Road in southwest Canton.
Howard Fingeroot, Sunrise Land Group president, said developers look for a number of factors when choosing a community for a new project.
“First, you look for good school districts,” Fingeroot said. “You look for proximity to employment centers and you look for access to major thoroughfares. You look for a diverse amount of retail and commercial and then, finally, recreational opportunities for kids – soccer fields, swimming pools, things like that.”
“I’ve been developing residential properties for close to 30 years and Canton has always been a wonderful place to build new communities,” he added.
2022 development map included 23 projects
Each year, Canton Township publishes a residential development map. The document for 2022 showed 23 projects in various stages. Those include:
Anand Village Detached Condos: 43 units on 11 acres at the southeast corner of Geddes and Denton roads. The project is still under review.
Arbor Glen Site Condos: 36 units on 36 acres at the northwest corner of Warren and Ridge roads. The project is under construction and nearly complete.
Aspen Ridge Site Condos: 29 units on 14 acres on the southwest corner of Saltz and Beck roads. The project is under construction and nearly complete.
Berkshire Apartments: 172 units on 25 acres on the north side of Saltz Road between Beck Road and Canton Center. The project is currently under construction.
Canton Shareef Site Condos: 10 units on 5 acres proposed on the west side of Lilley Road south of Palmer Road. The project is still under review by Canton Township.
Concord Park Site Condos: 152 units on 58 acres at Cherry Hill between Ridge and Napier roads. The project is currently under construction.
Cherry Hill Preserve Detached Condos: 24 units on 8 acres on the north side of Cherry Hill east of Lotz Road. The site plan has been approved, but the project is still under final engineering review with Canton Township.
Filmore Place Apartments: 504 units on 98 acres on the west side of Beck Road between Michigan Avenue and Geddes Road. The project is currently under construction.
Glens at Cambridge Condos: 92 units on 11 acres at the northwest corner of Canton Center and Saltz Road. The project was recently completed.
Grandview Estates Site Condos: 178 units on 87 acres on the south side of Geddes Road west of Denton Road. The project is under construction and nearly complete.
Grandview South Site Condos: 221 units on 77 acres. The project is under construction.
Hamlet Meadows Site Condos: 113 units on 52 acres on Napier Road west of Denton Road. The project is under construction and nearly complete.
Hamlet Pointe Site Condos: 109 units on 79 acres on Napier Road west of Denton Road. The project is under construction and nearly complete.
The Landings Site Condos: 90 units in 21 acres at the southeast corner of Ridge and Saltz roads. The project is under construction and nearly complete.
Meadows of Cherry Hill Site Condos: 38 units on 16 acres near the southwest corner of Ridge and Saltz roads. The project is under construction.
Monark Grove Housing for the Elderly: 225 units on 17 acres on the south side of Ford Road west of Canton Center A site plan has been approved, but the project is still under final engineering review. Tree removal has taken place but construction has yet to begin.
Park Creek Site & Detached Condos: 166 units on 89 acres at the northwest corner of Beck and Geddes roads. The project is under construction.
Redwood at Marketplace Apartments: 235 units on 48 acres on the north side of Michigan Avenue east of Geddes Road. A site plan has been approved, and the project has proceeded to final engineering review.
Ridge Creek Site Condos: 22 units on 21 acres on the south side of Warren Road between Ridge and Napier roads. The project is still under review by Canton Township.
Towns at Cherry Hill Village Condos: 93 units on 8.37 acres on the south side of Cherry Hill Road west of Denton Road. The project is currently under construction.
Tremont Place Attached Condos: 268 units on 41.5 acres south of Ford Road and west of I-275. The project is still under review by Canton Township.
Westridge Estates Site Condos: 274 units on 171 acres south of Ford Road between Napier and Ridge roads. The project is under construction.
Woodbridge Estates Condos: 479 units on 68 acres off the south side of Geddes Road between Denton and Beck roads. The project is under construction.
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