Paula Holtz, economic development planner for this small city,says it's believed that companies will want to locate corporateheadquarters, smaller automotive plants, business incubators andresearch and development facilities at the park. The city alreadyhas Tecumseh Industrial Park, which is 95% occupied, she


"When we bought the property for $2 million a few years ago, weput it out, and we thought we would get manufacturing interest.However, we started getting different potential tenants, and weused a matching state grant to hire Albert Kahn and Associates todraw us up a master plan. They talked about us focusing onhigh-tech businesses. It makes sense, we're about 25 miles from thenew ($150-million) Toyota research and development facility in YorkTownship, near Ann Arbor, and close to the Global Engine Plant innearby Dundee, MI." Tecumseh is about 45 miles southwest ofDetroit.


The park would be located along the main highway through thecity, at 5000 E. M-50, about 15 miles west of US 23. The cityPlanning Commission will hear a final plan by Albert Kahn in June,and then it will go before the City Council. If approved, the citywould market and sell the property to developers. "We're preparedto sell the lots," Holtz says. A minimum of 5 acres would beavailable, with no regulated wetlands, nor rail, on the site. Aplan of the site, now zoned industrial, shows a cluster of fivedevelopmental areas.

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