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ROCHESTER HILLS, MI-The city has issued a Request for Proposals to purchasethe properties known as the former Letica Corporation site.This 22-acre tract is located on the north side of Hamlin Road betweenCrooks and Livernois. The city bought the property in 1999 for $6.2 million.Residential development is ruled out, say city officials.

The site contains one industrial building of approximately 85,000 sf; one two-story office building containing 11,000 sf of space;and one smaller office/industrial building containing 6,486 sf. Thesite also includes a vacant parcel of 10+ acres. The entire site is zonedindustrial.

The two-story building on the property sits empty, though parts of it areused for temporary city offices as the city hall is expanding.

The business had manufactured plastic pails and shipping containers. Afterproblems with zoning and occupancy problems for years at the Hamlin site,the plant closed suddenly Dec. 15, 1999, moving operations to Fulton, KY.

The city purchased the former plastics-maker buildings with plans onbuilding a new Department of Public Works complex, says City PlanningDirector Ed Anzek.”We were going to build a joint public works and maintenance building withtwo local school districts, Rochester and Avondale,” Anzek tells GlobeSt.com.”However, after we bought the property, Avondale stepped out.”

Earlier this year, the Rochester Schools district said it could not buy theland or participate in any building project.

Anzek says Maximus, a national consulting firm out of Milwaukee, evaluatedthe site and the current department of public works building on Auburn Road.”The findings came back that it would be better to expand and renovate atour current site than building new,” Anzek says. “Now we’re going to offerthe site to developers to get back what we put into it four years ago.”

He says the city will conduct pre-proposal meetings and site tours on Aug.26 at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Aug. 27. The due date for the proposal is3 p.m., Sept. 12.

A copy of this proposal is available through the Michigan IntergovernmentalTrade Network, Anzek said.

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