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City Moves Forward With Purchase of Two Properties Along Adams Road

The properties, each containing a residential home, will add to protected green space in Rochester Hills.

Rochester Hills leaders are negotiating with the owners of two 5-acre lots on Adams Road to purchase the properties for city green space.

The properties at 950 and 884 N. Adams Road, south of Tienken Road, are next to the undeveloped Nowicki Park. By buying the land, the city would prevent any private commercial or residential development from happening there. 

The city's Green Space Advisory Board, a citizen committee charged with helping the city preserve natural green spaces, wildlife habitats and scenic views in the city, walked the properties in August and September and declared them an attractive buffer to Nowicki Park with high-quality wetlands. 

Because of how close they are to Adams High School and the Village of Rochester Hills, the advisory board said the properties were at risk of development if not eventually owned by the city.

Both properties have residential homes on them; the owners are willing to sell, advisory board representatives said in their recent presentation to Rochester Hills City Councilmembers.

The city will now enter negotiations with the property owners. 

Susan M. December 13, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Being a property owner who has been approached and have leased land for "mineral rights" to determine if there is oil present (not on any locally-owned property), mineral rights and land rights are 2 different matters. Selling/leasing the mineral rights also allows the user a "reasonable" amount of surface space necessary to access the minerals. I don't remember the specific wording of the Charter Amendment or if this applies, but mineral rights are not ON TOP anyway. The citizens group may want to contract with an attorney who is knowledgeable about such matters.
Erin December 14, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Susan M. - understood. I merely oversimplified the terms City Council themselves used a few meetings ago with regard to city property. I understand that property vs. mineral, surface vs. subsurface rights are different, and different between private/commercial/municipal properties, and local ordinances, deed specifications, state regulations, etc. I too would strongly recommend any private citizen have a properly qualified attorney advise before signing any mineral lease, and become aware of changes in risk pool status for mortgage and homeowners insurance with such leases. I’m hoping that City Council is familiar with such provisions and rather weedy complications with regard to these specific types of rights and leases. From what I witnessed them saying, I believe they need more consultation on these matters. Maybe they want to get the second opinion of an attorney “who is knowledgeable about such matters”.
karen Mountz December 21, 2012 at 06:52 AM
Will they be fracking in the area ? Time for city council to wake up. http://cleanwater.org/page/fracking-dangers
CaringHuman December 22, 2012 at 06:06 PM
@Barb, Those "two eyesores" are occupied by families. Good, hardworking families.
Christopher January 07, 2013 at 07:53 PM
CaringHuman, I'm not sure why that's relevant. Is a home not in disrepair because nice people live in it? They're going to get more than market for houses they didn't keep up, congrats!

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