Lifetime Fitness Planned for Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Township

The request to demolish existing buildings and develop a new fitness center is slated for discussion at the Township's Board of Review on Wednesday.


Bloomfield Township may be home to the newest Lifetime Fitness in Metro Detroit.

Following input from Bloomfield Patch readers, we asked township officials about rumors that the string of offices near the southwest corner of Telegraph and Long Lake Roads will be cleared for a new, multi-level fitness club. Township Planning Director Patti Voelker confirmed late last week that a new plan for the property was recently submitted by developers and is scheduled for review at the Township's Design Review Board meeting Wednesday.

Last month, we highlighted the demolition and construction activity occurring near the Max Broock Realtors offices at one end of the property.

That is Phase One of the property owner's plan to expand the realtor's office space, and the foundations of a new building are visibly taking shape just north of the township's municipal complex. However, Phase Two of the project — to demolish the existing buildings from 4066 to 4120 Telegraph, and 4145 to 4152 Dublin for a multi-level medical office building — changed in recent weeks.

"The developer has recently submitted a new site plan application to develop an Executive member Lifetime Fitness building on the property south of the current construction site to replace the former medical office building proposal," Voelker said.

Lifetime Fitness is a full-service fitness club that offers members opportunities to participate in a variety of sports and activities. It also offers children's programs and other services aimed at improving personal health. The other closest facilities are in Troy, Commerce Township, and Rochester Hills

If approved by members of the Design Review Board, the proposal could be heard by the Township Planning Commission on Dec. 17. The time and agenda for Wednesday's meeting was not posted on the Township's website Monday morning.

This story was updated to reflect the Design Review Board meets Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Linda December 05, 2012 at 08:02 PM
My issue is exactly what Gibson says but also the complete and total lack of honesty with the community about the planning process occurring in the township. They keep this stuff under wraps and then spring it on everyone when the deed is just about done. Shame on Savoie and Patti V.
Linda December 05, 2012 at 08:04 PM
if the township is disinterested in our opinions maybe its time to call in the public service lawyers and start slapping them with lawsuits. Where is Davis??
Marcia Robovitsky December 05, 2012 at 11:22 PM
My issue is not directly with Lifetime Fitness nor Jonna Properties. They are simply taking advantage of a Township that will bend over backwards to accommodate every and any Commercial project proposed whether it fits within the zoning, or setback, and other regulations. This particular project, heard by the Supervisor, Treasurer,Clerk at 2 pm today with no microphone or slide presentation, but a cozy chat around a couple of 6-8 ft. tables. It is going to the Planning Commission on 12/17 with a recommendation to pass it. A trustee sits on the PC board. The PC is APPOINTED by those same three people that just reviewed it...among others. Then the project needs to go to the ZBA (with a trustee sitting on the board) with a list Soooo long for VARIANCES. This project does not fit on this property. Our traffic guy already approved the parking. Right...that is IF they get the variances needed. The height cannot exceed 32 ft per ordinance...try almost 60 ft. high. NO problem ZBA? Will you find a "practical difficulty"? Of course...the building needs to be this high. OK. Then the full seven member Board of Trustees makes the final decision. Five of the seven trustees already sat on a board to approve at this point. Only four Yes votes needed to approve. Dan Devine is excited about the Long Lake/Telegraph "downtown" feeling with the upscale everything, the new high school, the municipal "campus".... the center of the township kingdom taking shape..by royal decree.
Jodi Brockton October 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Just moved to Michigan to produce and direct a feature film. I wan to teach spin and rock climbing classes while I am here and train clients as well. (I have a lot of production people and cast membes to train and keep fit int the year or two I will be here. Please set me up to teach, train and bring clients into your facility. I have emailed corporate and have had very little response. This will be a huge money maker and draw for more memberships to all of your Michigan and Country wide locations. I would like to take a meeting this week. Please call 818-809-6793 Jodi Brockton
Art Aisner October 23, 2013 at 09:19 AM
Thanks for posting, Jodi, and welcome to the 'D'. If you don't get a response, there are plenty of other fitness and dance studios in the area. Start here in our business directory http://bloomfield-mi.patch.com/directory


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