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  • Jennifer Frey
    Northville Township Planner

  • Best career advice you received.
    The best career advice I received is to do something that you love to do.  And, it truly does make going to work better each day.

    What inspires you?
    I am inspired by travelling & seeing new places.  There are a lot of different types of places out there and it can be eye opening in many ways.

    Best part of your job. 
    I love that my job is different every day, I get to interact with a variety of people and professions.  Equally great is my very short commute to work each day.

    Your three favorite township projects. 

    1. 6 Mile Road Street tree planting project that was completed last fall.  The township planted 99 trees on the north and south sides of 6 Mile Road.  While it will take time for the trees to mature, the part I like most is that these trees have an immediate impact and will also enhance the corridor for many years to come. 
    2. The Village at Northville (Northwest corner of 5 Mile & Beck Roads) because we don’t get to do a lot of mixed use projects in the township.  The 53 acre site will include single family homes, attached townhomes, apartments, commercial and a central open space area.  A specialty grocer is planned, although a tenant has not yet been secured, I am hopefully it will be soon and I think that will be a very significant amenity for the project.
    3. The Sheldon Road pathway (East side of Sheldon Road, south of 7 Mile) It took a lot of persistence by the city and the township to get Wayne County on board with allowing us to build a pathway inside their park.  In addition to a recreational amenity, it provides non-motorized access between the city and the township.  

    The most challenging project you have tackled in the township.
    Definitely the process the state went through to surplus the former State of Michigan Psychiatric Hospital site.  There were a lot of components to that project that were trying and didn’t always go well.  We also had some late night meetings, with one meeting continuing on past 1:00 in the morning.  Today, the township owns almost 400 acres of the property and long term it will be a community asset. 

    Favorite communities outside of Northville. 
    That’s a tough one, but the 1st one that comes to mind are resort communities in northern Michigan during the summer. 

    As a Northville High School graduate, what advice would you give today’s high school students?  
    Yes, my life has come full circle J.  My advice to pursue studies or a profession that you truly enjoy.  Also take time to be a “kid”. 

    Coffee or tea?
    Coffee for sure

    Five Northville favorites.

    1. Hines Park in the fall
    2. Northville Commons
    3. Guernsey (although it’s technically Novi, it’s close enough)
    4. Maybury State Park
    5. The Northville Cup
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