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Downtown Okemos Updates

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Project receives 7-0 support for site plan

The Village of Okemos project, into which Douglas J Salon and Spa plans to relocate in 2021, is moving forward after a vote from the Meridian Township Planning Commission. The redevelopment site plans received unanimous approval from the planning commission at a meeting on May 20.

Now approved, the site plans will go in front of the township board in June. If passed, demolition and environmental work will begin this summer to transform Okemos into a walkable downtown featuring boutiques, cafes, restaurants and our flagship salon and spa..

At the Meridian Township Planning Commission meeting, Chief Operating Officer of Douglas J, Don Romain, voiced his support for the Village of Okemos development.

“The Douglas J flagship store has been operating in Okemos for the past 50 years. Now we are looking at where we will excel for the next 50 years,” said Mr. Romain. “With the Village of Okemos development we believe there is a great future for us here, and we plan to be a part of this transformation.”

For more information about the Meridian Township Planning Commission meetings, agendas, schedule and more, visit http://www.meridian.mi.us/government/boards-and-commissions/planning-commission.

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VILLAGE OF OKEMOS PROJECT GETS OFFICIAL

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Things are getting official for the redevelopment of downtown Okemos. The Village of Okemos project, into which Douglas J Salon and Spa plans to relocate in 2021, has submitted official site plans to the Meridian Township Planning Commission for review and a public hearing on May 13, and a vote later in the month.

If approved, the plans will go in front of the township board in June, paving the way for demolition and environmental work to begin this summer to help transform downtown Okemos into a historic hamlet of walkable boutiques, cafes, restaurants and, of course, our flagship salon and spa.

For more information about the Meridian Township Planning Commission meetings, agendas, schedule and more, visit http://www.meridian.mi.us/government/boards-and-commissions/planning-commission.

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VILLAGE OF OKEMOS PROJECT BRINGING RETAIL, RESTAURANT AND RESIDENTIAL

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Village of Okemos project, into which Douglas J Salon and Spa plans to relocate in 2021, is moving forward with planning including building designs, site plans and street design.

The area is being composed to replicate a "village-like hamlet" reminiscent of the downtowns of yesteryear. To add substance to the beauty, an in-depth market analysis and separate housing study were undertaken. The resulting plans include:

To receive Village of Okemos email updates with more details on construction, road impacts, community meetings and the like, sign up here: http://eepurl.com/ggF3SL

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GET A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE OF HAMILTON ROAD

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Village of Okemos project has shared initial project renderings of Hamilton Road, and the view from the future home of Douglas J Salon and Spa. The street and building designs feature a tree-lined boulevard, outdoor dining and the work of six different architects to ensure Hamilton Road maintains a unique and varied village feel.
 
The project has also launched a series of ways for Douglas J guests and staff to stay updated on key dates and developments:

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POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IN DOWNTOWN OKEMOS MOVES FORWARD 
True North Development presents concept plan for $100 million development in Meridian Township

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

OKEMOS, Mich. - Imagine sitting on a patio along a tree-lined street, sipping a drink before heading across the boulevard for a haircut. And imagine this idyllic village-like setting replacing the current blighted vacant buildings on the southern corners of Okemos and Hamilton Roads.

Local developer Will Randle, of True North Development, and his team are taking the next steps to move forward on a potential $100 million-plus investment into a mixed-use development on the blocks surrounded by Hamilton Road, Okemos Road and Ardmore Avenue in Okemos. The proposed project is a mixed-use, multistory community with public and private parking centered around a small downtown with restaurants and boutique shops, including a space proposed for Douglas J Salon and Spa.

The project — currently being referred to as The Village of Okemos — is being designed by a team of the nation's best planning, architecture, engineering, landscape, community engagement and traffic experts, including Gibbs Planning Group, Presley Architecture and Hobbs+Black Architects, to ensure it is a national model for redevelopment. The team's goal is to reinvigorate this historic hamlet, rebuilding it into a thriving village with a walkable downtown and establishing it as a true commercial and cultural center for Meridian Township.

Check back here for the latest updates on the project or click on the links below to follow the progress!

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