City land to be sold for Poole's Tavern expansion
Posted on 03/04/2021
City Hall

City Council recap of March 1 meeting

Poole’s Tavern to purchase a slice of City property –
City Council agreed to initiate a purchase agreement for the sale of City property (option C) to Poole’s Tavern so it could complete a renovation that adds a second floor and rooftop dining. The agreed upon price was $45 per square foot. It was the smallest amount of land (218 ft2) that could be sold to the restaurant to achieve the owner’s purpose of building a staircase to the second floor. The purchase agreement being drawn up must include three conditions for the buyer: build an ADA-compliant passageway, commence work within six months of signing, and commit to a timeline for development. The decision gives the City time to consider whether to sell more land to Poole’s in the future or retain the property at Main and Hutton.

Goals and objectives –
Council reviewed the administration’s goals, objectives and priorities for 2021-2022. At the request of Council Member Barbara Moroski-Browne, two items will be moved to different categories: 1) managing the impact of construction sites should be a high-priority item with a description that includes a “new or amended ordinance, or as enforceable conditions on a building permit.” 2) the watershed enhancement portion of the Rouge River restoration is not “on hold” but “active.” The revised administration report will be included in the next consent agenda.

There were no public comments aside from Dave Guttman,
who serves on the Sustainability Team; he reported the City of Northville has been designated as an Official Tree City by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Council communications:
Mayor Brian Turnbull requested a brief report from council members who are members of various task forces and from Sam Ekong, council representative to the Senior Advisory Commission (which oversees management of Allen Terrace).

Council Member Ekong
said seniors at Allen Terrace are anxious to get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination but since many don’t have computers, they are finding it difficult to schedule one. On another matter, he said most of the vacancies at Allen Terrace have been filled.

Mayor Pro Tem Marilyn Price
said the Farmer’s Market subcommittees are meeting in March on their various projects. Council Member Morowski-Browne said ARC (the Alliance of Rouge Communities), with the backing of the City’s Dept. of Public Works, has submitted a grant application to conduct a feasibility and engineering study on daylighting a portion of the Middle Rouge River. Council Member Patrick Giesa noted the Sustainability Team meets on March 10, and Ford Field task force has no news at this time.

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