Controversial plans for new apartment complex in Byron Township move forward

Posted at 11:35 PM, Oct 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-13 23:35:25-04

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Plans to build a new apartment complex in Byron Township are moving forward.

In a 4 to 3 vote, township board members decided they would go ahead with plans to build Springs of Byron Township. It will be located near the corner of 64th Street and Byron Center Avenue.

However, the decision was not supported by many citizens who attended the meeting, and several of them spoke out about their concerns Monday evening.

The 260-unit complex developed by Continental Properties Co. Inc. requires the township to rezone about 39 acres of 64th Street, which is something the residents said they're upset with.

Homeowners also expressed concern that their property values will decrease.

Township board members said rental properties currently make up for about 2 percent of housing. However, once the new property is built that number will shift upward to 10 percent.

"I truly have nothing against apartments in general," Jim Clark, a concerned resident, said. "However, once you start, where do you stop?"