Victorian Homes or Mixed Use? Preservation Farmington Meets Nov. 24

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Public Meeting to Discuss Redevelopment, Heritage Homes

Farmington’s historic downtown is key to the city’s identity. It’s part of what makes Farmington, Farmington. But new redevelopment plans stand to threaten a prominent row of hundred-year-old Queen Anne buildings on Grand River, permanently and drastically altering the look and feel of the downtown area within the next two years.

How to save these structures is the focus of an upcoming public meeting by the new history dickeys tall 04advocacy group Preservation Farmington, to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m., at the Heritage & History Center in Farmington Hills.

The Victorian-era houses, currently occupied by local businesses, are under threat from the Farmington Downtown Area Plan, adopted by Farmington City Council in September. The buildings are located across the street from the Sundquist Pavilion, in front of the Maxfield Training Center (an underutilized site soon to be redeveloped).

Although the threatened houses are outside Farmington’s designated historic district, they nevertheless play an important role as the eastern entrance to the city, setting the tone for Farmington’s historic downtown—a significant aspect of the community’s civic persona. Under four of the Downtown Area Plan’s six redevelopment concepts for the site, these heritage structures could soon be replaced with multi-story apartments, retail space, and a parking structure.Sahara ad with wine

The meeting on the 24th will discuss the threatened houses, the Farmington Downtown Area Plan, responsible redevelopment solutions, and the goals and objectives of Preservation Farmington. All members of the public are invited to attend.

The Heritage & History Center is located in Heritage Park at 24725 Farmington Road. For more information, visit

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