Apartment complex developer withdraws rezoning request

DAVISON TWP. — The future of a 127-plus unit apartment development is in question after the company withdrew its rezoning request for property on Davison Road.

Ohio-based Redwood Living, LLC went before the planning commission April 14 to request the rezoning of 39.43 acres on Davison Road from RU-1 (residential urban) to RM-1 (residential multiple low-density), which would have allowed them to purchase the property and move ahead with plans to build the first 127 units of what could have been a 200-plus unit development.

On Friday, a zoning board of appeals notice appeared on the Davison Township website saying: “The rezoning case #16-RZ-93 Redwood Apartments LLC, Parcel 25-04-300-008 is withdrawing their application for rezoning that was submitted on February 22, 2021 and will be removed from the agenda.”

Supervisor Jim Slezak said Friday afternoon the township doesn’t know why the request was withdrawn or if the company has further plans for the site. He said the planning and zoning department may know more next week.

The planning commission tabled the rezoning request April 14. It was set to be taken up in May by the zoning board of appeals.

Residents strongly opposed the development at the April 14 meeting, citing possible issues with crime, traffic and overpopulation in Davison schools as reasons for their opposition to the project.

Residents and have since been gathering signatures on a petition calling on the township to reject the proposal.

The apartments would have been two-bedroom, two-bathroom 1,300 square foot, single family dwellings with an attached garage that look almost like a ranch-style home or condominium. The developer said the apartments appeal to young professional couples, emptynesters and seniors with leases ranging from $1,500 to $1,900 a month.