GRAND BLANC, MI-Vacant land owned by General Motors in town is being targeted for a new shopping mall. GM wants to turn the former testing grounds for World War II-era tanks into the $65-million Grand Blanc Town Center complete with three large retail stores and several smaller shops and restaurants, according to Matthew P. Cullen, general manager of GM’s economic development and enterprise services department.

Earlier this year, GM sold the land for the retail center to Grand Sakwa Properties LLC, a Farmington Hills development firm. Grand Sakwa plans to start construction on the center early next year and complete it in 2006. A veterans memorial is planned for the shopping center to honor its military-based history. About 30% of the site will also remain as open space.

The 83-acre site is next to GM’s Grand Blanc Metal Center, where the automaker stamps a variety of vehicle parts. The 1.8-million-sf plant opened in 1942, and its history included testing World War II-era tanks.

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