New plan for old Kmart headquarters devolves into suburban-style retail

The designs for the old Kmart
headquarters in Troy are drifting away from the neo-urban principles of
the original plans and more towards typical suburban sprawl.

Grand
Sakwa Properties recently presented city officials with its intentions
for the large parcel on Big Beaver Road just west of The Somerset
Collection mall. It’s now official that the Farmington Hills-based
developer sees the future of that site as principally commercial.

“They
are clearly saying in today’s world they can’t build residential and
market it,” says Mark F. Miller, assistant city manager for Troy.

The
previous design, called the Pavilions of Troy, called for a large,
dense, mixed-use village. The $300 million development entailed 500,000
square feet of retail space, 300,000 square feet of office space, a
250-key hotel, 750 residential units (lofts and townhouses), a
3000-seat theater, grocery stores, restaurants, and a public ice
skating rink. Both the current and the former concept call for razing
the former Kmart headquarters.

Grand Sakwa Properties has made
an offer on the property and could close on it as soon as December. It
has pulled a PUD (planned-unit development) revision application and is
looking at pursuing a public-private partnership with Troy.

Source: Mark F. Miller, assistant city manager for Troy
Writer: Jon Zemke