A public hearing on Wednesday, September 12, to consider a lot split proposal and site plan approval for a new clustered 10-lot residential development on the site of Bloomfield Hills School's Doyle Center, to be called Brookside Village, received unanimous approval by the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees on Monday, August 13.
Patti Voelker, Bloomfield Township Planning, Building and Ordinance Director, explained in the introduction for the lot split and site plan application that the property is known as the Doyle or Booth Center, located at 7273 Wing Lake Road, at Maple. The developer, Terry Nosan, had been denied a request for a preliminary plat for five residential units at 3355 Franklin Road, adjacent to E.L Johnson Nature Center, in 2016, which led to a consent judgement granting Nosan the authority to make a site plan application under the township's Open Space Preservation provisions on the Doyle Center site in exchange for Bloomfield Hills School District acquiring the Franklin Road property following site plan approval of Brookside Village.
Voelker said the plan proposes to split off 7.25 acres from the Doyle Center property to allow for the new development, leaving the school parcel at 10.45 acres, and thereby complying with the 10-acre minimum required for schools. The school parking lot would be modified, creating a shared access drive off Wing Lake Road to serve both the school and Brookside Village.
“It would revise the school property for circulation as needed and create 10 lots and 50 percent open space under the Open Space Preservation plan,” she said.
The Brookside Village site plan preserves 2.72 acres of undeveloped land and an additional two acres of land on the school site that would stay undeveloped in perpetuity.
According to Bloomfield Hills Schools, the Doyle Center will remain an administrative services center.