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DETROIT-ArvinMeritor’s new 251,000-sf Detroit manufacturing and technical center will receive the inaugural Real Estate Excellence Award from the Detroit chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women at a Sept. 26 luncheon. Completed in the summer of 2001, the ArvinMeritor facility at Fort Street and Livernois is in southwest Detroit’s Empowerment Zone where, an awards judge remarked, it “demonstrates a significant impact on the community; the spark for new development in the area.”

The Detroit planning commission approved a rezoning request in July for the company to build an 81,000-sf office and technology center on the site. The site already features a 15,000-sf office and 155,000-sf of manufacturing space. The whole site is about 16 acres.

“The ArvinMeritor project’s major positive community impact set it apart,” says Harrell Scarcello of Scarcello Associates, who chaired CREW-Detroit’s award committee. “This project created jobs, increased Detroit’s tax base and cleaned up a contaminated site It’s helping revitalize a depressed section of the city.

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