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Adell gets another approval for $125 million Novi project; groundbreaking Wednesday

Broadcast entrepreneur Kevin Adell planned to break ground Wednesday morning after he received another Novi City Council approval in his quest to redevelop his former Novi Expo Center site.

City Council voted 6-0 Monday to direct the city attorney to draft a planned rezoning overlay agreement for rezoning the 22-acre property at I-96 and Novi Road. The agreement still needs a final approval from the City Council, which is anticipated later this fall, said Sheryl Walsh-Molloy, the city’s director of communications.

“It’s 99.9 percent approved,” Adell said Tuesday in an interview.

Proposed tenants in the development are iFly Holdings LLC, an indoor skydiving simulation company; Drury Inn & Suites, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Carvana Co., Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Texas Roadhouse and Planet Fitness.

Adell also said Tuesday that he hopes to get a HopCat bar or a rock-climbing business on the site, which has been in his family for more than a half-century.

He plans a groundgreaking ceremony for the project at 11 a.m. Wednesday under his 120-foot water tower on the property.

David Staudt, Novi’s mayor pro tempore, said he believes the project will be positive for the city.

“This is a piece of property that has been owned by the Adell family for many years and has largely been a blighted piece of property that Kevin is trying to redevelop into a property hat the city can benefit from,” he said. “He doesn’t need the money. This is something that he wants to get done, and he’s the only person who can get it done.”

Adell owns WFDF 910 AM and The Word Network cable television station.

Before its demolition in 2012, the expo center had been vacant since 2005, when the center’s event management company was moved into what is now the Suburban Collection Showplace at 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.

Before the expo center opened in 1992, the property was headquarters of Adell Industries, a maker of automotive door guards, and was later a Kahlua manufacturing center for Mohawk Liqueur Corp.


Posted By: Crain’s Detroit Business on September 26, 2018.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

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