State incentivizes redevelopment of former Northville/Plymouth prison

Breana Noble
The Detroit News

Michigan's economic engine on Tuesday approved incentives for redevelopment of the former prison site in Northville and Plymouth townships.

The $38.7 million project calls for a nearly 66,000-square-foot commercial flex space development from an affiliate of Novi-based real-estate firm Hillside Investments, a large stormwater retention pond and 9,000-square-feet of infrastructure improvements that include sidewalks, curbs, asphalt paving and landscaping, which is being led by an entity created by the townships. The improvements are part of a larger effort to attract investment on the site of the former Detroit House of Corrections.

An affiliate of Novi-based real-estate firm Hillside Investments is planning a nearly 66,000-square-foot commercial flex space development at the former site of the Detroit House of Corrections in the townships of Northville and Plymouth.

The governing body of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. approved a brownfield work plan that includes $15.6 million in state tax captures for 26 years starting with 2021. Local support of the work plan from the Michigan International Technology Center Redevelopment Authority includes $13.9 million in incentives and possibly an Industrial Facilities Tax abatement. An additional $354,000 is being requested from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

"Redevelopment of these properties," Jeremy Webb, the MEDC's senior business development project manager, wrote in a memo to the board members of the Michigan Strategic Fund, "is not economically viable without significant brownfield incentive support to help offset the brownfield conditions."

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