Macomb Township relocated on September 22nd to expedite the process of separating unused properties and approved real estate brokerage services for two years.
Officials ratified a real estate brokerage agreement with Pilot Property Group, which the parties agree will be concluded in packages. The holding period is two years with the option of extending the contract or two further one-year terms. Treasurer Leon Drolet brought the matter to the board.
âThe parish has been in the process of selling properties that the parish has owned for a number of years, individual parcels, individual parcels that have not been in productive public use and are likely not to be made publicly available for productive use in the last few months. And the challenge with selling these real estate services on the existing system, the MITN system, is that it looks like very few real estate owners interested in buying real estate are using MITN’s public tendering system to search for individual Land or parcels of land to look for. So we didn’t get very many bids on the packages that were up for sale, âsaid Drolet.
When choosing real estate brokerage services, Drolet said the community will have a specialist who will help market the properties and sell them at a higher price.
âSo that will ultimately add to the bottom line for the church. And allow us to return to productive use of these properties in the private sector and generate good returns for taxpayers, âhe said.
Supervisor Frank Viviano said one problem that has been encountered with the properties sold by the community is what they should be valued by, with some of the properties being valued.
âWe put them out at a minimum bid where we think, you know, we can put up bids. And in most cases we received a bid and in one case no bids. So we don’t think we’ll get the best return by simply putting them on the MITN for an open bid. I think with one, as Treasurer Drolet said, with an expert marketing the property, we could drive the price up and find the right users for those parcels. And in the end more back to the township, âsaid Viviano.
In the parcel from the parish council, a letter from Drolet dated September 16 states that a call for proposals for real estate brokerage services was submitted to MITN on July 16 with a due date of August 4, but only one proposal was received. Drolet wrote that the submission was disqualified due to limited qualifications and the community purchasing specialist sought four more suggestions from qualified bidders.
He added that the Pilot Property Group was selected based on their suggestion and that the group can provide real estate marketing, listing, graphic design, drone photography, engineering and architectural support staff if needed. The Pilot Property Group proposal lists a proposed fee of six percent of the sale price in the event a cooperating agent makes an acceptable offer, the fee being split 50/50 with the cooperating agent. It also lists four percent of the sale price in the event that broker / owner Anthony Rubino or senior associate Ken Minne refer the buyer. According to the proposal, the fees must be paid upon conclusion.
Also on September 22nd, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees:
â¢ Accepted project funding through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). Funding was an additional round as it gave the ward and other CDBG-eligible churches in the county an opportunity to raise more funding, said Josh Bocks, Macomb Ward’s planning director. A number of previously funded projects across the district were unable to use their funds due to COVID-19, so the funds will be redistributed, according to Bocks. He said the township’s staff worked with Macomb County to create CDBG-eligible projects for the township, including a patio and computer lab for the senior center and technology upgrades for the boardroom that will help with virtual meetings. The amount for the patio is $ 132,705.10, the computer lab is $ 42,567.80, and the boardroom technology upgrades are $ 13,682.20, Bocks said. These would be 100 percent grant-funded options with no need for appropriate funding from the community.
â¢ Approved Re-zoning of 17669 23 Mile Road from Residential Single Family Suburb (R-1-S) to General Business Park (C-2). The property is on the north side of 23 Mile Road, west of Romeo Plank Road. The petitioner was Peter Zingas.
â¢ Approved an application to rededicate 51660 Romeo Plank Road from R-1-S to R-2-L, low density apartment building. The application for rededication was approved 5: 1, with trustee Frank Cusumano voting no. The lots are on the east side of Romeo Plank Road, north of 23 Mile Road. It’s a township property formerly known as Wade’s Nursery, Bocks said. He also said the R-2-L zoning was a reasonable buffer between office and commercial use on Romeo Plank and the single-family homes further north on Romeo Plank.
â¢ Approved zoning in sections 12, 13 and 24 of the municipality from R-1-S to residential single-family houses urban or R-1. The motion was passed 4: 1 as trustee Charles Oliver abstained and Cusumano voted no. Bocks said the community has initiated a reallocation of all R-1-S parcels and will do so in six phases. The first four phases are all R-1-S through R-1. The first phase of the plan was approved on September 22nd. Bocks said phases five and six will be rezoning from R-1-S to a designation other than R-1. Due to a conflict between the Land Use Ordinance for R-1-S and the master plan, rezoning is required, which could lead to legal disputes, said Bocks. He also confirmed that zoning changes would not change things for existing landowners or affect taxes. âThe conflict is that in regulation language, the smallest allowable size of an R-1-S package is about 30,000 square feet. The master plan states that the lowest density in the township is two units per acre. An acre is roughly 43,000 square feet, a little over that. So if you have a minimum requirement of 30,000, you can’t get two units per acre. So there would be a conflict, âsaid Bocks.
â¢ Approved a community relations liaison in a 5: 1 vote, with Cusumano voting no. The new position is a full-time non-union position in the community that will allow the community to better understand and get information from residents to better serve them as well as communicate to residents what is happening at the board level, Viviano said . He added that the position would report to the supervisor and be in the budget for the supervisor’s office as there is no substitute supervisor. Viviano said the pay scale will be proposed when the matter returns to the board, and he expects to bring the issue back to the board before the end of the year to begin the recruiting process.