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Birmingham Real Estate Attorney Succeeds in Preventing the Creation of a New Local Historic District

For over 30 years, the law office of Williams, Williams, Rattner and Plunkett (WWRP) has succeeded in cases of zoning and land use.

March 20, 2015

WWRP real estate attorney, John D. Gaber, recently made a compelling case to persuade the Mt. Clemens City Commission to reject a motion to designate a new historic district within the city. Despite opposition from the local historic community, Mr. Gaber successfully convinced the City Commission not to infringe upon the property rights of the property owner, or limit the property owner's flexibility to utilize those portions of its property proposed to be designated as an historic district.

The property proposed to be designated was the St. Joseph Sanitarium, Bath House and Hospital, built in 1899. This facility contains the last existing bath house that was such an important part of the heritage of Mt. Clemens. The facility was also a long-standing sanitarium and hospital, serving the community for many decades. While the portion of the facility proposed to be designated is mostly vacant, Select Medical Corporation, the property owner, operates a long-term acute care hospital in the newer buildings on the property. The City Commission agreed that it should not impose any costly restrictions on the property that could adversely affect the operations of the property owner, despite the significant historical value of the facility to the community.

With two decades of experience, John Gaber provides exceptional legal services in the areas of real estate, land use, and general business and corporate law. He specializes in providing solutions to challenges concerning real estate development, zoning, construction, leasing, financing, and loan workouts. Mr. Gaber graduated summa cum laude from Wayne State University Law School. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Crittenton Hospital Foundation. He is a member of the Rochester Rotary Club. Mr. Gaber previously served as the president of the Rochester Hills City Council and was also appointed to the Rochester Hills Planning Commission. Mr. Gaber lectures at various legal and real estate events.

Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett is a close-knit group of Southeast Michigan's most experienced attorneys, all working together to deliver effective legal solutions for clients' specific needs. With expertise to provide the highest quality legal services, WWRP's broad range of fields include general business, commercial, real estate, mergers & acquisitions, litigation, family, municipal, tax, probate and estate planning law. Their teamwork ensures that every case receives the full benefit of the firm's extensive knowledge, which allows WWRP to deliver winning results quickly and efficiently. The Birmingham Michigan lawyers are strongly committed to providing world-class legal services and close personal attention to clients in Metro Detroit and throughout the country.

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