A Different Kind of Vacation on Lackawana

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

What?  A vacation in January?  That sounds fabulous!

Well, no it’s not a vacation to some exotic, warm location.  It’s an old fashion word that most municipalities use to define the abandonment or termination of the public’s right to use a street, highway, or easement.

The Auburn Hills City Council has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, January 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber to review and potentially approve a request to vacate portions of a “paper” road and alley originally envisioned in the 1927 plat for the Lackawana area, but never built.

General Location

General Location

This “vacation” is a good thing for the area.  The right-of-way serves no functional purpose.  The City would never build these roads today because they would extend much too close to the intersection of Collier and Baldwin Roads for today’s traffic safety standards.  A lot has changed in 88 years.  By abandoning this land, the City Council would create a win-win scenario.

Location of R.O.W.

Location of R.O.W.

Why is it a win-win?  The landowner wins in that the decision would remove these platted areas that severely encumber the land so that the property could be potentially developed with new homes in the future.  The City wins in that it would gain new residents and additional tax revenue when developed.  The master plan would allow up to 12 homes to be constructed on the land.

Potential Development Area

Potential Development Area

So, if you’re interested in learning more about this fabulous Lackawana vacation, feel free to attend the public hearing on January 26th.   All interested are encouraged to participate.