Urban Design in the Suburbs


The first project designed by our Royal Oak, MI office was constructed in the summer  of 2015, consisting of a 16,000 SF Retail Center on Baldwin Road, Orion Twp, MI developed by Alrig USA.  The development includes Potbelly’s, Sherwin Williams, Vision Works, SuperCuts, and Aspen Dental, from north to south.  The development was the first in Orion Township’s “Brown Road Innovative Zone” to implement an urban style double frontage facade building with public entrances in the front and rear, the building pushed up to the road and all parking out of visibility from Baldwin Road in the rear.  The site topography had an elevation difference of +/- 15’ from front to rear which required extensive planning to maximize building density and balance earthwork import/export.  The design accomplished the BIZ Overlay Zone goals by combining 4 lots to create a larger “shared development” and implemented the desired streetscape and cross access to provide interconnectivity to the north and south.  The project obtained Site Plan Approval from the Planning Commission, obtained 4 variances from the ZBA, Access and Stormwater Permits from Oakland County, and Soil Erosion/Sediment Control approval.