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LIVONIA, MI-Etkin Equities is the developer of choice for a 120-acre former contaminated property, a move that will bring needed industrial space back to the city. General Motors Corp. has announced that Etkin, based in Southfield, MI, will either split the parcels at Eckles and Amrhein roads into three, 40-acre sites or four, 30-acre sites for industrial projects.

The site is a former Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. plant.

“It was definitely a brownfield,” says Jeff Bryant, the economic development director for the city. “However, GM took care of the property, they demolished the plant and have been cleaning it up for about a year.”

Because the property is industrial and not near residential uses, Bryant says there was no approvals needed by the city for the new development plans.

However, he tells GlobeSt.com the company has provided preliminary plans out of courtesy. He says the project should be similar to the business campus neighboring the GM Pontiac East Assembly Plant.

“We’re going to see that project in a week or two, to view a sample of their work,” Bryant says.

The Livonia land should be ready for new construction in about two months, he says. He hopes to have the site designated as a brownfield redevelopment, which would provide single business tax credits to potential tenants. The city is going to work with GM, Wayne County and the property broker to find tenants, Bryant adds.

The new project is critical to the city. There are 40 million sf of existing industrial property, and M1 and M2 zoning uses have been built out for the last five-10 years, Bryant says.

“This gives us a brand new site where existing business can consolidate and expand, and it will also act as an attraction for new projects with build-to-suit potential, which we haven’t had in years,” he adds.

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