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Announcement about 1 billion dollar corporate expansion in Warren

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Warren — A $1 billion investment in the city — the largest non-manufacturing expansion in Michigan — was announced Thursday by Mayor James Fouts in his State of the City address.

The expansion is projected to generate up to 3,000 new jobs. Though he didn't identify General Motors as the corporation, The Detroit News first reported Thursday that the automaker is poised to invest hundreds of millions in its sprawling Tech Center in the middle of the city, creating more than 2,000 jobs.

Fouts said GM is to make a $35 million investment in the former Campbell-Ewald building on Van Dyke, which it bought and is across from the automaker's Tech Center.

The deal is still in the works, Fouts said, and will be completed in May.

"I'd love to announce and I wanted to announce it but the corporation ... said that not everything is done. Everything has to be approved and there is some fine-tuning that has to be done," he said.

"I am excited about it. It is going to change Warren. Downtown Warren is becoming a lot like Detroit, a mini-version. Dan Gilbert, I know you are busy in Detroit, but maybe you should join the line and be a part of the excitement."

Other expansions Fouts was to tout in his address is Wayne State University's new center for engineering, computer science and business programs, Art Van, Menards home improvement store and Kroger.

Fouts said the Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded Warren $910,491 to deal with costs associated with the Aug. 11, 2014, floods. During the cleanup, 17.5 million pounds of curbside trash was removed during the course of three weeks. He also called for flood insurance reform.

Held at Andiamo Italia Restaurant, Fouts also highlighted a proposal to reform the medical marijuana state law. The city would limit locations of caregivers growing pot, require caregivers to live in the home where they are growing and caregiver buildings must be annually inspected by the city. He said while he supports medicinal marijuana, he is calling for tight control.

a new blight initiative and

Also, a special salute is scheduled to honor to Marine Marcus Bawol, of Warren, who was killed in a training exercise accident on March 10.

uwatson@detroitnews.com

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