HANCOCK -- The City of Hancock will hold a Public Hearing at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at City Hall Council Chambers, 399 Quincy St., Hancock, to consider public comments on the proposed City of Hancock purchase of the following real property: A 29.64 acre parcel of property currently owned by Tonne Construction Company for a purchase price of $135,000.
This view from the snowmobile trail at the corner of Lynn and Prospect streets shows part of the proposed City of Hancock property purchase to the right. The snowmobile trail borders on the west of the property, while Sylvan Estates is to the east. (Keweenaw Now photos)
The property is located West of the Plat of Sylvan Estates, North of Prospect Street, and East of the DNR (now DNRE, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment) Snowmobile Trail. The property is zoned R-1 Single Family District.
A copy of the map and exact legal description of this parcel is on file at City Hall.*
City Manager Glenn Anderson said the property would be developed as a residential neighborhood similar to the adjacent Sylvan Estates.
"We'd estimate about one-half-acre lots," Anderson explained. "I think this would end up being a high-end development."
Anderson added the present R-1 Single Family District zoning would be retained since, given the character of the neighborhood, it wouldn't make sense to change it.
A realtor sign marks the southernmost part of the property the City of Hancock is considering for purchase. Modeled on Sylvan Estates, which was also developed by the City, the lots would have trees and green space.
"It would bring residents and economic activity, including taxes," he noted. "The hope would be that the City could control the development vs. a private developer."
The Public Hearing will precede the regular monthly meeting of the Hancock City Council.
*Editor's Notes: A satellite view can be accessed through Google. Click here.
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