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TECUMSEH, MI-The city has moved one step further in approving the sale of land for a 158-acre industrial and flex office park on former farmland here. City officials heard a proposed master plan for the Tecumseh Business and Technology Campus, and approved more than $1 million to help put in infrastructure to the site, to prepare the property for interested developers.

Paula Holtz, economic development planner for this small city, says it’s believed that companies will want to locate corporate headquarters, smaller automotive plants, business incubators and research and development facilities at the park. The city already has Tecumseh Industrial Park, which is 95% occupied, she tells GlobeSt.com.

“When we bought the property for $2 million a few years ago, we put it out, and we thought we would get manufacturing interest. However, we started getting different potential tenants, and we used a matching state grant to hire Albert Kahn and Associates to draw us up a master plan. They talked about us focusing on high-tech businesses. It makes sense, we’re about 25 miles from the new ($150-million) Toyota research and development facility in York Township, near Ann Arbor, and close to the Global Engine Plant in nearby Dundee, MI.” Tecumseh is about 45 miles southwest of Detroit.

The park would be located along the main highway through the city, at 5000 E. M-50, about 15 miles west of US 23. The city Planning Commission will hear a final plan by Albert Kahn in June, and then it will go before the City Council. If approved, the city would market and sell the property to developers. “We’re prepared to sell the lots,” Holtz says. A minimum of 5 acres would be available, with no regulated wetlands, nor rail, on the site. A plan of the site, now zoned industrial, shows a cluster of five developmental areas.

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