2017-09-07 / News

Michigan Land Bank seeks proposals to purchase and redevelop former Detroit House of Corrections property

PLYMOUTH TWP. — The Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority is seeking proposals to purchase and redevelop the approximately 120-acre former Detroit House of Corrections property, changing the property from an eyesore to an important part of the growing Five Mile corridor, Director Josh Burgett said. The land bank acquired the property known as DeHoCo in 2015, and has been working closely with Plymouth Township Supervisor Kurt Heise and other local leaders. Demolition of the buildings began earlier this year with a $2.2 million investment as part of the authority’s process to prepare the site for sale and redevelopment. The former correctional facility sat vacant and deteriorating since 2004, limiting development in the growing area. The investment made by the land bank to remove the blighted buildings paved the way for the state to open a request for proposals period. The vision for the property includes being part of the Michigan International Technology Center, an advanced technology business park in the Five Mile corridor in Plymouth Township.

A mandatory property site inspection is planned for 10 a.m. Sept 14. Contact Jeff Huntington of the land bank by email at landbank@michigan.gov with the subject “DEHOCO INSPECTION” to register for the inspection. Bidders are required to attend the site inspection. To view the Request for Proposals, visit www.michigan.gov/landbank. R.S.

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