In 1965, General Motors first developed the property with the construction of a 1,896,906-square-foot manufacturing building and an associated power-house, baler-house, wastewater treatment plant, switch-house, and pump-house. On the north end of the property, there was also a two-story administrative building. GM operated the site until July 1999, when it was closed and subsequently purchased by an investor group. In 2002, the new owners began extensive renovations, which included demolishing portions of the building, removing parking surfaces, and installing loading docks and other infrastructure improvements.
The site was designated a “facility,” which provided the opportunity to use EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant funds and other brownfield tools. Due diligence work and cleanup planning were conducted on numerous properties that surrounded the main plant.
Although this property was originally developed as an “Industrial Park,” it was rebranded as a “Business Park,” which allowed it to also offer retail, restaurant, and hotel space. This new concept has been successful due to its location along busy interstate I-94 and Sprinkle Road. In addition, the development has added hundreds of jobs, increased tax revenue, and repurposed a massive brownfield site.