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OAK PARK, MI-The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is holding an auction of the Detroit Artillery Armory property, situated on a 73-acre site along Eight Mile Road. The state department is holding open houses at the site on July 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Offer to purchase forms are available at the site, state officials say. Sealed bids are due to the state offices by 2 p.m. Aug. 8.

The asking price is $3.7 million for the property, according to state officials.

A 110,000-sf vandalized manufacturing building sits on the property, which is just north of Detroit.

The armory was built during World War II for the US Navy, and included a manufacturing facility where submachine guns were produced. There also is an airfield on the property that was used extensively during the war. After the war, the armory was used for various military purposes. The National Guard reportedly mustered there during the Detroit riots in 1967. The site has been vacant for almost 10 years.

Oak Park had worked out a deal with the state two years ago to purchase the property, but the state decided to pull out of the sale.

Oak Park officials had already approved a written contract to sell the 60-year-old facility and land to Schostak Brothers and Co., which would have torn down the buildings for retail development on the front 30 acres, and light industrial in the rear.

Oak Park is welcome to join in the bidding process, state officials say.

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