Friday, May 18, 2012
Mandatory orientation sessions are scheduled for prospective members of the park, which is open to dog owners who live within the Farmington school district.
By mid-June, dogs in Farmington Hills and Farmington will have a new place to play and meet friends. Farmington Hills assistant city manager Dana Whinnery said Tuesday a layout has been finalized for the 4-acre park at the former William Grace Elementary property on Shiawassee east of Middlebelt in Farmington Hills. The park layout will include separate areas for large and small dogs, he said. "It's been quite rewarding to work on," Whinnery said of the project, which involved negotiating a lease agreement between the city and Farmington Public Schools officials. The land is being leased to the city for $1 per year. Bids are being solicited for a key fob system that will provide secured access to the park, Whinnery said. On Monday, …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Officials approve a lease agreement to create the park on the former William Grace Elementary School property.
After years of waiting, Farmington Hills dog owners will soon have a park to call their own. City officials on Monday unanimously approved a lease agreement with Farmington Public Schools (FPS) for use of the former William Grace Elementary School property, at 29040 Shiawassee. School officials approved the agreement March 6. The city will pay $1 per year for the lease, Whinnery said, and any improvements will be modest. "We're going to keep that investment at a reasonable cost, in case we have to pack up and move it," he said. Plans laid out by volunteers would leave in place a playground that was left standing after William Grace Elementary was demolished last summer, along with three other FPS buildings. Assistant city attorney Dana …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Learn more about, and comment on, a proposal for the former William Grace Elementary property during the Saturday event.
Do you have a comment or a question about the dog park proposed at the former William Grace Elementary School property in Farmington Hills? The city will host a public meeting Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Jon Grant Community Center, 29260 Grand River. City staff will be available to answer questions in an "open house" format. According to a city-issued press release, the school property, located at 29040 Shiawassee, is approximately 8 acres in size. Preliminary site plans for the dog park are being developed, but it is anticipated that the fenced area for the dogs would encompass an area of approximately 2-3 acres. The City of Farmington Hills would maintain the school property, including the playground structure, as a park for the …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Officials will talk with residents around the former William Grace Elementary school site about locating the park there.
While plans are not finalized, Farmington Hills officials have moved a few steps closer to creating a dog park on property that at least one resident feels might be a good fit. Angelyn Lynch said her dog already loves walking along the field on the former William Grace Elementary School property, located on the north side of Shiawassee Rd., east of Middlebelt. At a study session Monday, city officials reviewed a draft lease agreement with Farmington Public Schools that would allow them to improve and use the property for two years, at $1 per year. "It sounds good to me," Lynch said of the plan that emerged from the discussion. "I was concerned it was going to take up the whole property, and that they might put up an obstructive fence …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Flanders and Wooddale are gone; demo continues on Fairview and William Grace.
As another school year begins, the final chapter is being written on four Farmington Public Schools buildings scheduled for demolition this summer. William Grace Elementary on Shiawassee in Farmington Hills is the last building to be taken down; demolition started in late August. Crews began work on Wooddale Elementary the first week in July, on Flanders Elementary in mid-July and on Fairview Early Childhood Center the first week in August. A fifth closed building, Eagle Elementary at 14 Mile and Middlebelt, remains untouched. It has been sold to the Islamic Cultural Association in Franklin; however, two district residents filed a lawsuit on July 29 to stop the sale. The district has also closed the Maxfield Training Center on Thomas St. …
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Work on Wooddale Elementary in Farmington Hills started Tuesday.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
The demolition of four Farmington Public Schools (FPS) buildings started July 5, with Wooddale Elementary on Oak Forest Dr. in Farmington Hills. In January, the FPS board of education voted to demolish four elementary schools closed in 2010, and Fairview Early Childhood Center, which was closed in 2006. In June, officials voted to sell Eagle Elementary, located at 14 Mile and Middlebelt Roads, to the Islamic Cultural Association. The tentative dates for demolition to begin at each of the sites is: For safety reasons, construction fencing around each of the sites has been installed. The demolition contractors, as part of their bid for the job, are committed to salvaging desirable materials to be recycled. Once the buildings are demolished, …