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NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, MI-Grand Sakwa Properties of Farmington Hills has begun the construction of a $250-million mixed-use multifamily project. The project, Northville Ridge, will be built on 400 acres near Six Mile and Ridge roads, says township manager Chip Snider.

He says according to plans given to the township, the development will include single-family homes, duplex housing and condominium complexes with 12 units each. The homes will be priced at around $400,000, much lower than many homes in the township that generally are valued at between $600,000 to $1 million, Snider says. They will be built on 55-foot or 70-foot lots.

“We wanted to bring in a more moderate housing development,” Snider tells GlobeSt.com. “The township leaders came to the conclusion a few years ago that they are raising children that can’t afford to come back to live in the area.”

Snider acknowledges being a township dotted with million-dollar homes isn’t exactly something to complain about.

“Of course, we think those houses are great, but we’ve got to try to blend it a little,” Snider adds.

He says a few years ago, Grand Sakwa came to the township to build a mobile home park on the land. While there are mobile home parks in adjacent cities, there are none in the township, and the planning commission refused to approve the proposal, Snider says.

“Those parks have a very high demand for service, and are only taxed at $6 per unit, that’s not a good revenue side,” Snider says.

Grand Sakwa sued the township, and a consent judgment resulted which brought the latest plan, Snider says.

The company has agreed to give 15 acres for a new elementary school. Construction has started on the school, and it should be done next year, Snider says. Grand Sakwa has also begun the grading and infrastructure work for the property, he adds.

Snider says another company, Toll Brothers, has bought a similar size parcel from Moceri Cos. for another multifamily project in the township.

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