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Livonia’s two largest automobile dealerships with roots in the city since the early-1950s both are undergoing significant redevelopment projects.
Tennyson Chevrolet, located on Plymouth Road near Farmington Road, had its entire campus rebuilt with a new and expanded showroom, service center, and pre-owned vehicle department. The revamped dealership was expected to have all construction completed in winter 2014-15.
Bill Brown Ford, located on Plymouth Road near Merriman Road, opened an expanded Fleet Center in a new building that provided four times the space the dealershipd previously had for commercial vehicle repairs. The dealership also plans to expand and remodel its service department in 2015.
Livonia saw a number of new projects in 2014 that brought numerous new and redeveloped sites for manufacturing, research and development, medical services, education, and financial services.
NYX Inc. opened its sixth facility in Livonia in 2014 with an $8.4 million investment to construct a new 44,000 square foot manufacturing facility on Plymouth Road, west of Newburgh. The new facility is expected to create 75 jobs to build internal vehicle components, primarily for the Ford Edge.
Alpha USA opened a second manufacturing facility in 2014 with a $3 million investment for renovations and new equipment to a 45,000-square-foot building on Glendale Road, east of Farmington Road. The operation will built vehicle parts, primarily for Ford trucks.
McLaren Performance Technologies plans to expand its Eight Mile Road location with a new three-story structure to provide office space for research and facilities for manufacturing. The new space will total about provide room for a number of relocated and new employees. The Livonia center will grow from 74,700 to 132,800 square feet.
A new 54,000-square-foot building is scheduled to be built in 2015 on northeast corner of Victor Parkway and Seven Mile Road for a new mixed-use industrial building that may be used for manufacturing, research and development facilities, and/or office space.
Significant investments have been made in the Five Mile Road-Levan Road area to provide new, state-of-the-art facilities for a variety of medical-related services. St. Mary Mercy Hospital is nearing the end of a comprehensive series of projects worth more than $100 million in recent years to essentially rebuild the entire hospital to expand and modernize a number of services – including a new emergency department. The most recent work in late 2014 was to rearrange the property’s parking lot and service drives.
On Levan Road south of Five Mile Road, Masri Orthodontics opened an attractive new three-story center. On Five Mile, west of Levan, construction continued in fall 2014 on a new, two-story facility to be anchored by Mendelson Kornblum Orthopedic and Spinal Specialists. The 44,000-square-foot building replaced an old shopping strip center.
In 2014, St. Mary Mercy also opened Mercy Elite, a comprehensive sports rehabilitation center on Newburgh Road near Schoolcraft Road.
On Middlebelt Road north of Five Mile Road, work began in 2014 on a project to demolish a 55-bed nursing home to make room for construction of a new two-story nursing and assisted living facility at Marycrest Manor. The new building would provide room for 98 rooms for skilled nursing and 24 rooms for assisted living services.
Schoolcraft College opened the Jeffress Center in summer 2014 on the corner of Seven Mile Road and Haggerty Road, converting a former dormant insurance office into a new four-story building for the school’s administrative offices, technology and public safety operations, and new satellite centers for the University of Toledo and Wayne State University.
Livonia Public Schools continues renovations to most of their buildings as part of a $195 million bond issue voters approved in 2013. Officials said it will take about five years to complete all the projects scheduled for this bond issue.
Grand Rapids Charter Academy invested millions of dollars to convert a long-dormant, former shopping center into a campus for a public charter in the Eight Mile Road-Grand River Avenue area. The new school opened to some 400 elementary school students for the 2014-15 school year.
Livonia saw new and expanded credit unions in 2014: Community Financial opened its first Livonia branch on Seven Mile Road west of Farmington Road; Community Choice Credit Union, located on Farmington Road north of Five Mile Road, was in the midst of rebuilding its Livonia branch and expanding its drive-through facilities in fall 2014; and Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union plans to build a new 3,300 square-building on the site of a razed gasoline station for a new branch on the southwest corner of Farmington Road and Eight Mile Road.
Consumer’s Energy broke ground in 2014 to raze and rebuild its Livonia Service Center on Farmington Road near Plymouth Road. The $18 million project, scheduled to be complete in August 2015, will provide a new, 63,000-square-foot provide facility to serve some 100,000 natural gas customers and more than 150 employees. Also in 2014, Consumer’s Energy opened a new compressed natural gas and electricity station for alternative-energy vehicles.
Awrey’s Bakery continues to grow under new ownership, just two years the 115-year-old company nearly folded. The company recovered to some 100 employees in 2014, as Awrey’s continues building improvements and finds more customers to distribute baked goods and a new line of gluten-free muffins and cookies. In 2015, the company plans to begin distributing another new product: Fresh-made meat pies.