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SG-W:/ Bonnybrook Golf Course
- Subject: SG-W:/ Bonnybrook Golf Course
- From: Smileysmlc@aol.com
- Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 12:06:57 EST
If you've ever driven around the Detroit area, you've probably noticed the
Bonnybrook Golf course at Telegraph Road and Eight Mile Road. It's
noteworthy since it is mostly Rouge River floodplain and is oftentimes
flooded, as floodplains are prone to do. It is also a tremendous green spot
amidst the ugliness we call Detroit.
K-Mart is proposing to build a Super Kmart store at the small upland site of
the club house. They also intend to fill in significant amounts of
floodplain (the initial development totals about 15 acres). Three commercial
outlots (probably restaurants) are also proposed.
This is the ultimate in what I term "desperation development". City
officials seemed determined to overlook the long-term negative implications
of this development, in favor of their zeal to have development--any
development--take place in the city.
This particular development is totally out of character for the area. It is
surrounded by residential uses and would be a classic case of spot zoning.
In fact, the Detroit Master Plan calls for this area to be a recreational
resource, as it should be. K-mart continues to abandon other developed
stores in the area, and left a vacant eyesore at Plymouth Road and
Southfield. They plan to close another store in conjunction with moving to
Although the political skids are greased, two public hearings are planned for
Detroit City Council - Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000 at 7 p.m.
at St. Mark's Baptist Church, 24331 W. Eight Mile Road, Detroit
Hearing on the requested rezoning from single family residential
Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality - Thurs. Jan. 20, 2000 at 7 p.m.
at Detroit Police Dept, 8th Precinct, Grand River & W. McNichols (6
Hearing on application of property owner for permit to construct a
detention pond by excavating 1500 cubic yards of material, and to
install a retaining wall and place 5600 cubic yards of material within
the 100 year floodplain.
Please attend if you can. Statements directed to the Detroit City Council
and MDEQ are also welcome.
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