UPDATE; JANUARY 2022:
We spoke with a VP at Pulte, who advised us that the neighborhood is still at least a year out from pre-sales. Due to the current volatility of material prices, labor costs, etc., they still can’t estimate a price range for the various product lines, but stay tuned…
WHAT’S THE SCOOP IN MILFORD?
Where there’s underutilized land in metro Detroit, PulteGroup will find it. Like winter is coming, so are new homes in Milford.
The vacant parcel on the northeast corner of Milford Road & Pontiac Trail is currently zoned retail-ish. The “applicant” is requesting a change for “mixed-use” with 5 retail-ish buildings + 175 multi-family units in 18 buildings. See the concept plan for The Crossings here.
The vacant “Milford Sand & Gravel” parcel on the southwest corner of Milford Road & Maple Road is zoned for all kinds of silly things. The “applicant” is requesting a change to planned unit development (PUD) for 887 total units on the 335 acres. See the concept plan for Kensington Ridge here.
MORE ON MILFORD TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN
The I-96 corridor, just west of the Twelve Oaks mall traffic exit is one of those areas just ripe for more development. Not too far west, with plenty of land and existing trees (#DevelopersHateOldTreesButPromiseToReplace).
It’s underdeveloped on purpose, probably, which is one of the reasons the Milford area can be so appealing for many new home buyers. New homes – close to civilization – with nature. The best of both worlds. Closer than Brighton, all the nature.
Also one of the reasons current residents who already removed their old trees will probably oppose the development because of things like removing old trees. And more traffic.
Ahh, public hearings…but we get it, sprawl can be tough to swallow for some.
The Milford area offers a good mix of easy freeway access, more natural open space, a cute little downtown, Kensington Metropark, and good Huron-Valley Schools. Which is why it’s on PulteGroup’s radar, one of only a handful of national home builders actually developing parcels in metro Detroit. To put it in perspective, our Las Vegas partner has over 25 national home builders competing for dirt, sand, whatever…
As we write this in December 2020, a number of planning commission meetings and public hearings are scheduled for early 2021. Our best guess is they’ll cross all the T’s and dot all the I’s and start moving dirt in late 2021.
Stay tuned for updates as we stay on top of this! We are especially excited about Kensington Ridge and Del Webb, satisfying the needs of empty-nesters looking for small new construction ranch homes – without the long commute.