Ford Motor Company, the city’s largest employer, announced $1.4 billion in investments in the coming years to several of its properties in Livonia. Planned projects include additional product lines at the Livonia Transmission Plant on the corner of Plymouth and Levan roads. The company also announced a long-term lease of a 750,000 square foot building on Schoolcraft Road near Middlebelt. This expanded Ford’s footprint in Livonia, as the automaker plans to use the new site to hold parts and equipment.
This was one of several new tenants and redevelopments occurring at other industrial spots in Livonia, as the city’s vacancy rate for industrial and flex space declined to its best level in more than 15 years.
Next to Ford’s new space on Schoolcraft Road, Ashley Capital announced plans to construct two new industrial buildings nearby for a total 900,000 square feet.
After years of vacancy, a one million-square-foot industrial parcel on Middlebelt Road north of Plymouth has attracted several new tenants. Kuka Systems of North America will occupy 384,250 square feet for a manufacturing operation, and Hollingsworth Logistics Company will take over 277,875 square feet. More tenants for spots at the former GM Powertrain Plant were scheduled to be announced during the winter of 2016-17. A total of $12 million was invested to prepare this site for the new tenants.
A new company redeveloped large industrial parcels on Merriman Road south of Schoolcraft. Alta Equipment Company moved its headquarters and 115 employees to one of these sites after a $1 million redevelopment to support its sales and service of construction, warehouse and factory equipment.
The trucking company MN Express acquired 2.68 acres of unoccupied space in this area to expand the property it uses for corporate office, terminal, and maintenance center. MN initially came to Livonia in 2012, and the new expansion will give the growing company 15 acres in Livonia.
Masco Corporation is scheduled to complete a $29 million project to construct a three-story, 90,000-square-foot building to serve as its new headquarters on 12 acres near Schoolcraft College. It is scheduled to open and house some 200 employees sometime during the first half of 2017. The location will also provide research and development facilities for the company’s family of home improvement and home construction products, including Merillat cabinets, Delta Faucet Company, and Behr paints. The company was founded in Detroit in 1929.
Also on grounds near Schoolcraft College, a new indoor soccer dome opened in fall of 2016 to serve the college’s teams and Livonia’s youth soccer programs.
Livonia continues to be one of the busiest areas in southeast Michigan for hotel-night stays, which has attracted a number of new projects.
The Embassy Suites Hotel on Victory Parkway near Seven Mile completed work in 2016 on a $14 million project to completely renovate the property. Work began in 2016 to raze the Holiday Inn off Six Mile Road and I-275 and construct a new hotel and full-service restaurant.
Two new hotel projects were in the works on Schoolcraft Road between Inkster and Middlebelt roads. The Holiday Inn and Suites was scheduled to be completed and opened early in 2017, and work was to begin soon to construct a Hampton Inn near Home Depot.
The former Cloverland Lanes was razed in 2016 to make way for a new storage facility on Schoolcraft Road. The 5.5-acre site will see new construction in 2017 to make way for indoor storage units, shared office space, and outdoor space to store recreational vehicles.
Consumers Energy completed an $18 million project to raze a dated building and construct a modern regional service center on Farmington Road north of Plymouth. The utility company celebrated its grand opening in fall 2016.
Zeal Credit Union, formerly Co-Op Services, is expected to complete a redevelopment project sometime in 2017 to provide a new branch and offices on Newburgh Road near Six Mile.
Livonia continues to see construction of new homes, with plans in the works for 19 homes on Ann Arbor Trail between Wayne and Newburgh roads; as many as 40 homes on the corner of Ann Arbor and Hix roads –site of the former Washington school; eight homes on Lyndon Road near Harrison – site of the former Compton Swim Club; and 10 homes on Ann Arbor Trail, between Levan and Newburgh roads.
Also, plans were approved to construct a new 224-unit senior housing facility on 10 acres off Farmington Road between Five Mile and Lyndon roads.
Livonia Public Schools, the state’s seventh largest school district, continues a five-year plan to renovate all of the district’s buildings as part of a $195 million bond issue voters approved in 2013. Projects include work to modernize all school buildings and construct newer, larger performing arts centers at the district’s three high schools.