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OAK PARK, MI-The state has sold the Detroit Artillery Armory in Oak Park to Southfield-based real estate developer Schostak Bros. & Co. The $3.7 million sale will close before the end of the year, according to the state.

The 81-acre site, which fronts Eight Mile Road, east of Greenfield, will be redeveloped for mixed use, most likely a combination of retail and industrial uses, Schostak said.

The Michigan Deptartment of Military and Veterans Affairs had been interested in selling the property for several years, but environmental concerns about the property stalled the deal. The area has been cleaned up and final testing of the soil is now under way.

The armory includes a 491,000 sf building that was used to manufacture machine guns during World War II. After the war, the federal government turned the property over to the state.

The Michigan National Guard used the site for a variety of training and storage uses. By the early 1990s, training was moved off the site. And the state moved all of its stored items off the site by 2000. Schostak says redevelopment could begin as soon as the sale closes.

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