Robertson Brothers Homes selected to develop the MTC site
At a Special City Council Meeting on March 4, the Farmington City Council voted to work with Robertson Brothers Homes to redevelop the currently vacant Maxfield Training Center (MTC) site – 33000 Thomas Street. The plan is to bring 59 new owner-occupied townhomes to the downtown.
The motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Joe LaRussa to “direct City Administration and Consultants to begin working with Robertson Brothers to prepare a purchase and development agreement for the Maxfield Training Center and related property for consideration and action by the City Council at a future meeting.” The motion passed 4-1.
“I look forward to working with Robertson Bothers,” said City Manager David Murphy. “I’m also looking forward to seeing a design that complements our Historic District.”
The City of Farmington purchased the roughly 3-acre site from Farmington Public Schools in May 2020. The plan to purchase the property stemmed from a strategic desire to have more control over what is developed there. The MTC property is located in the heart of Downtown Farmington and is expected to play a key part of Farmington’s growing vitality. The City through its RFQ process asked for a developer to consider creating a dynamic urban destination that:
- Considers the importance of the downtown;
- Creates substantial positive economic value for the City by providing new housing and increasing the consumer attraction potential for city businesses; and
- Provides and incorporates pedestrian connectivity, including a pathway connection from Grand River to Shiawassee Park.
Over time, council narrowed down the field of developers to Robertson Brothers Homes and River Caddis Development. River Caddis had proposed a 124-unit apartment development.
Robertson Brothers’ response to the RFQ issued by the City can be found at: https://www.farmgov.com/getattachment/City-Services/Public-Services/Construction-Project/2020/Maxfield-Training-Center-33000-Thomas-Street/Robertson-Homes-RFQ-Response.pdf.aspx?lang=en-US
The City plans to keep project updates on www.farmgov.com
under “Items of Interest” on the home page.
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