Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 32 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
Bloomfield Township Public Library Subject
Bloomfield Township (Mich.) -- History Subject
Case, Homer Subject
Dwellings -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Township -- History Item Number
part of 'Bloomfield Blossoms' by Kay Smith Type
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SUPERVISOR HOMER CASE TALKS
ABOUT HIS TOWNSHIP
"It's rather a pleasure to reminisce over the twenty years
that I've worked for Bloomfield Township, and watched it
grow from a rural farmland area to an urbanized
community of more than 48,000 people.
"Twenty years ago land developers paid approximately
$1,000 per acre for land. Although the zoning laws in those
days permitted one-half acre development per lot, land
developers chose to plan two or three acre sites because
the property was inexpensive. When they were required to
pave roads, they reduced the size of lots to about one
acre. When sewer and water were added, and the land
began to cost ten thousand dollars per acre, they went to
the smallest lots permitted under the ordinance-
one half an acre.
"The early subdivisions-Wards Acres, Bloomfield Village,
Westchester Village-underwent difficult times during the
Depression, but the land didn't revert back to acreage.
Starting in the Fifties, the old farms were subdivided one by
one, until today, in 1976, there are only a few undeveloped
areas left, and only one or two small farms still exist.