Signature Associates

We're sorry, but our site is built to take advantage of the latest web technologies that Internet Explorer 8 and below simply can't offer. Please take this opportunity to upgrade to a modern browser, like Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 11.

Contact Us
 

About / News / Redevelopment

Additional tax incentives OK’d to redevelop former GM Warren Transmission site

Posted By: The Detroit News on October 24, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article. The Michigan Strategic Fund Board agreed Tuesday to increase brownfield tax incentives for the redevelopment of the former General Motors Transmission Plant site in Warren. The governing body of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. increased the authorized capture […]

Read more...


$111M incentive package for ‘transformational’ housing, retail project in Grand Rapids approved

Posted By: mlive on February 1, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   The Grand Rapids City Commission has approved a tax incentive, valued at $103 million over 27 years, to help transform a former industrial site on Godfrey Avenue SW into a mixed-use development with hundreds of apartments, commercial space and […]

Read more...


Local developer plans to buy Muskegon Lake paper mill site for ‘transformational’ housing

Posted By: mlive on September 21, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article. A prominent local developer has plans to purchase and redevelop the sprawling Windward Pointe former paper mill site on Muskegon Lake. Jon Rooks entered a purchase agreement in July for the 122-acre “Windward Pointe” site on Lakeshore Drive that once […]

Read more...


La-Z-Boy’s former Monroe HQ site lands Aldi store, retail, residential projects

Posted By: The Toledo Blade on July 24, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article. Redevelopment plans are coming to fruition in Monroe at the former La-Z-Boy world headquarters site. An Aldi grocery store, a five-unit strip center with a drive-through, and two six-unit residential buildings are planned for the 26-acre cleared site […]

Read more...


Transformations of Lakeside, Oakland malls come into focus

Posted By: The Detroit News on June 26, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article. During the fall, the owners of Lakeside Mall signed a deal with the city of Sterling Heights that would pave the way for the redevelopment of the 110-acre site into a mixed-use complex. Tenants at the mall are […]

Read more...


Oakland County to purchase land for downtown Pontiac campus

Posted By: The Detroit News on May 29, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article. Oakland County has proposed a downtown redevelopment partnership with the city of Pontiac that would move several county operations and as many as 600 employees from the current Oakland County campus of 45 buildings in northwest Pontiac […]

Read more...


Costco Buys Site for First Costco Business Center in Michigan

Posted By: CoStar on May 25, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article. Popular membership warehouse club Costco has acquired land at the former Northland Mall site in Southfield, Michigan, where it plans to open its first Costco Business Center in the state. The Washington-based retailer paid $6.5 million to acquire a 13.38-acre […]

Read more...


Parade Co.’s $45M plan to buy, rehab Detroit naval armory faces setback

Posted By: Detroit Free Press on April 12, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article. Fundraising challenges have forced the nonprofit organization that puts on Detroit’s annual fireworks and Thanksgiving Day parade to delay its $45 million plan to buy and redevelop a long-vacant naval armory near the Belle Isle bridge. Detroit officials […]

Read more...


Large housing, retail project would transform aging, industrial stretch of Grand Rapids

Posted By: mlive on April 11, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article. Several dilapidated, largely vacant warehouses along the 600 block of Godfrey Avenue SW would be transformed into a 475-unit housing development with office, retail and event space, and a food hall under a proposal from three metro Detroit developers. The […]

Read more...


Plans for 111-room, 5-story riverfront hotel in Grand Rapids resurface

Posted By: mlive on March 8, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   A southeast Michigan developer is bringing back plans to build a 111-room, five-story Staybridge Suites hotel at a vacant lot on the west side of the Grand River at 942 Front Ave. NW. Jimmy Asmar, of Stellar Hospitality Grand […]

Read more...


Construction underway for Ford packaging facility in Monroe Township

Posted By: The Monroe News on March 13, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   More than 140 acres off of LaPlaisance Road has been cleared and construction is now well underway in preparation for a Ford Customer Service Division packaging facility in Monroe Township. Announced in May 2022, the facility will […]

Read more...


For sale: Cheap commercial property on Muskegon area street about to get huge upgrades

Posted By: mlive on February 24, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   A long-time eyesore on a boulevard about to get a major makeover is up for sale – and the property has a bargain-basement price to attract developers. The dilapidated warehouse on Glenside Boulevard near Sherman Avenue has been acquired […]

Read more...


EGLE awards $5.8 million to clean up four Detroit sites for redevelopment

Posted By: The Detroit News on January 5, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article. Four contaminated properties in Detroit, including the former American Motors Corp. headquarters site, will receive financial help for cleanup after the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy approved $5.8 million in brownfield grants, loans and tax […]

Read more...


Second Lyon Township golf course could become single-family housing development

Posted By: Detroit Free Press on January 11, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article. Developers are teeing up plans to turn another Lyon Township golf course into a subdivision of single-family homes. A conceptual plan to put 182 single-family homes on the 160-acre Cattails Golf Club site was presented to the Lyon […]

Read more...


Lakeside Mall redevelopment gets thumbs-up from Sterling Heights council

Posted By: The Detroit News on November 1, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   Plans to redevelop the struggling Lakeside Mall into a mixed-use development moved forward Tuesday night when Sterling Heights City Council approved an agreement with the shopping center’s owner. The council approved, by a 5-2 vote, a memorandum […]

Read more...


Ford sells Dearborn office building to developer eyeing mixed-use plans

Posted By: The Detroit News on November 4, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   Ford Motor Co. this week sold its Regent Court office building in Dearborn to a local real-estate developer who is planning a mixed-use redevelopment of the property. Mike Shehadi, CEO of Farmington Hills-based pharmacy company PharmaScript, confirmed […]

Read more...


TPS could soon close deals to offload two former school sites

Posted By: The Blade on October 23, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   Long before the board approved formal negotiations in August, Toledo Public Schools administrators had been negotiating to sell two former school properties, emails obtained by The Blade show. Email records from the district show Goodwill Industries and Connecting […]

Read more...


Sprawling building gets new life as a plant to retread tires

Posted By: The Blade on October 18, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   They call him “Coach.” Jim Jones, co-founder of a 19-year-old business called JAM Fleet Service, prefers that title and not because he once coached Sylvania Northview High School’s varsity wrestling team. He’s an unconventional owner of an unconventional business […]

Read more...


Four developers shortlisted to redevelop Toledo’s Spitzer, Nicholas buildings

Posted By: Toledo Blade on September 22, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   The Lucas County Land Bank said Thursday that four developers have been formally shortlisted to redevelop the Spitzer and Nicholas buildings in downtown Toledo. Eight development teams submitted initial proposals. The four finalists will be invited to submit […]

Read more...


Old Frenchtown K-Mart to soon be storage facility

Posted By: The Monroe News on September 4, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   The former Kmart in Frenchtown Charter Township will soon become a climate-controlled storage facility. New England-based self-storage developer True Storage has begun preliminary work to convert the sprawling remains of the former retailer into a self-storage facility […]

Read more...


GR nonprofits to redevelop former industrial site with housing, offices, ‘tiny home’ community

Posted By: MiBiz on August 31, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   A pair of Grand Rapids nonprofits plan to redevelop a vacant furniture manufacturing building on the city’s south side into housing and office space and also construct an onsite tiny home community. Mel Trotter Ministries and Next Step of West Michigan — […]

Read more...


Here’s what to know about seven downtown Toledo redevelopment projects

Posted By: The Toledo Blade on September 7, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   Toledo leaders say they hope redeveloping two of downtown’s largest and oldest buildings, the Spitzer and Nicholas, will spur additional investment in the area. Much of downtown could use such a jolt: Despite the revitalization of the […]

Read more...


Marketing firm purchases west side GR office as in-person work returns

Posted By: MiBiz on August 8, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   Marketing agency 1 Bold Step LLC has purchased a small office building on Grand Rapids’ west side as company executives gradually return to more in-person work. The Grand Rapids-based marketing firm purchased the building at 1255 Front Ave. NW for $575,000 […]

Read more...


Main Art theater demolished Monday afternoon in downtown Royal Oak

Posted By: The Detroit News on July 25, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   The curtains were literally coming down Monday afternoon on the Main Art theater in Royal Oak as a crew worked to demolish the 80-year-old venue, a  showcase of independent cinema in Metro Detroit since the 1990s. Red curtains […]

Read more...


‘A giant tombstone:’ Rosemary Apartments to be demolished

Posted By: The Toledo Blade on July 26, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   The abandoned Rosemary Apartments, the site of a tragic teen death in 2016, will be demolished, the Lucas County Land Bank announced Tuesday. The announcement was made on what would have been the 23rd birthday of Joshua […]

Read more...


Eastland Center ‘transformation’ advances as construction starts on industrial development

For leasing information on Eastland Commerce Center, contact Joe Hamway/Greg Hudas. Posted By: The Detroit News on July 7, 2022.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.   Sixty-five years after Eastland Center opened its doors to shoppers, the developer of a $94 million industrial complex broke ground on the project that will replace […]

Read more...


Effort to revive Lorraine Hotel takes another step forward

The vacant Lorraine Hotel cleared the first hurdle in its quest for revival on Thursday when the Toledo City Plan Commission unanimously approved a zoning change that will allow the prospective developers to move forward with the project. The project is being represented by Everett Gransberry and Monika Moss-Gransberry through Walnut Ventures LLC out of […]

Read more...


Metro Detroit summer development guide 2022: Openings, closings, renovations abound

With the dust of COVID-19 finally beginning to settle, commercial development in metro Detroit is once again bustling. Big plans are in store for several the area’s shopping malls and office buildings, many of which were left abandoned or under-utilized during the peak of the pandemic. Read on to see what’s in store for notable […]

Read more...


Former North Towne Square site approved for redevelopment by Toledo plan commission

The Toledo City Plan Commission Thursday approved a major site plan to redevelop the former North Towne Square location for industrial use. The proposal is being designed by Mannik & Smith Group of Maumee and would include three industrial buildings totaling approximately 852,000 square-feet, according to the plan commission staff report. NorthPoint Development with an […]

Read more...


Fairlane Town Center’s new owner to redevelop Dearborn mall with mixed-use destinations

The new owner of Fairlane Town Center says it will redevelop the Dearborn mall for mixed use-destinations after its previous owner defaulted on loans. Centennial, a Dallas-based real estate investment firm focused on retail and mixed-use properties, on Wednesday said it has acquired the struggling 1.4 million-square-foot shopping center from Florida’s Starwood Capital Group. Details of […]

Read more...


New Porsche dealership to replace former Shelby Township racquetball club

The former Courtland Racquetball Club in Shelby Township is expected to be razed to make way for a new Porsche dealership. Township staff said the new dealership would be about 23,000 square feet on the east side of Mound Road and north of Hall Road/M-59. Construction could start as soon as late May or early […]

Read more...


Demos now starting, clearing way for big suburban projects

Out with the old, in with the new. That’s the theme behind a few demolition projects underway in the suburbs to make way for more than $300 million in new development across two very different sectors. In Birmingham, a handful of single-story buildings at the corner of Brown Street and Old Woodward Avenue have been […]

Read more...


Royal Oak Planning Commission backs plan to demolish beloved Main Art Theatre

The Royal Oak Planning Commission recommended demolishing the Main Art Theatre in favor of a five-story mixed-use building in a 4-2 vote Tuesday night. The public meeting included a presentation of the proposed building plan and roughly one and a half hours of public comments, mostly from those in support of the theater. Main Art Theatre, a […]

Read more...


Corktown buzzes with retail, residential development: ‘It’s busy, busy, busy’

After nearly a year of running a cold-pressed juice shop in Grosse Pointe, Rachael Schroeder and her husband, Kevin, decided to expand their business, Rhythm & Blue Juice Co. They chose retail space at the Elton Park Corktown Apartments for their second location, which they opened in late January — another business betting on the […]

Read more...


Detroit planners working on industrial property survey

The city of Detroit has, by far, the most new industrial construction underway out of anywhere else in the region. Some 2.75 million square feet is in the ground, according to a fourth-quarter report from the local office of New York City-based brokerage house Newmark. That’s the future. But what about all of its industrial past? That’s the […]

Read more...


Vacant Sears store at Westgate to be demolished; area to be redeveloped

The owners of the Westgate Village Shopping Center plan to purchase the vacant Sears building and redevelop the property, the company’s CEO told The Blade. Liz Holland, the CEO of Chicago-based Abbell Credit Corp., which owns the Westgate plaza, said the vacant building will be razed and the company will evaluate various redevelopment proposals for […]

Read more...


Eastland Center site marketed for industrial tenants as demolition proceeds

As demolition of the former Eastland Center shopping mall proceeds, developers of a $94 million project to reuse the property in Harper Woods have named a leasing agent to market the 80-acre site for potential tenants. Signature Associates said Thursday it will exclusively lease space for the development, known as the Eastland Commerce Center, at […]

Read more...


Developer plans to draw manufacturers to former GM plant site in Wyoming

More than 12 years after General Motors closed its 36th Street stamping plant in Wyoming, the site has a new owner with an eye on redevelopment. Franklin Partners LLC announced Thursday that it has bought the property now known as Site 36 after gaining approval from the Wyoming Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. Wyoming City Manager Curtis […]

Read more...


State incentivizes redevelopment of former Northville/Plymouth prison

Michigan’s economic engine on Tuesday approved incentives for redevelopment of the former prison site in Northville and Plymouth townships. The $38.7 million project calls for a nearly 66,000-square-foot commercial flex space development from an affiliate of Novi-based real-estate firm Hillside Investments, a large stormwater retention pond and 9,000-square-feet of infrastructure improvements that include sidewalks, curbs, asphalt paving […]

Read more...


Tire Wholesalers to more than double size with large new building on old Detroit armory site

Tire Wholesalers Inc. is expected to move out of its Troy headquarters into a new warehouse/distribution building more than double its current footprint under construction in Oak Park. The company, based at 1783 14 Mile Road, is taking the entire 275,000-square-foot building underway on the former Detroit Artillery Armory site, expanding from 100,000-plus square feet […]

Read more...


Massive Industrial Building Coming to Detroit Artillery Armory Site

Minneapolis-based The Opus Group, which has a subsidiary in Ann Arbor, is starting construction on a 275,401-square-foot industrial building on the site of the former Detroit Artillery Armory on Eight Mile Road in Oak Park. Prior to the start of construction, the originally planned speculative building has been fully leased to an undisclosed user. It […]

Read more...


Former GM Warren Transmission plant site to get $180 million redevelopment

A $180 million plan to redevelop the former General Motors Transmission plant site in Warren is expected to bring 1.4 million-square feet of new industrial space and 600 jobs, according to the city. The Warren City Council will consider on Tuesday a brownfield plan for the 117-acre site at 23500 Mound. The owner, Missouri-based NorthPoint Development, […]

Read more...


Problematic Days Inn building to go up for auction

Toledo City Councilman Theresa Gadus hopes the imminent auction of a long-troubled hotel in her district means a new beginning. “I think that the timing of it would be wonderful for the right purchaser,” Ms. Gadus said of the former Days Inn and Jill’s Bar and Grill near I-75 in East Toledo. “The momentum is […]

Read more...


Eastland Center demolition plan moves forward with tax credits

The Eastland Center site in Harper Woods is one step closer to a $94 million redevelopment after Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Michigan Strategic Fund board approved Tuesday tax incentives for the project. The $4.7 million in brownfield tax credits were granted to Missouri-based NorthPoint Development, which plans to build three commercial light industrial buildings totaling […]

Read more...


Release of state funds for redeveloping contaminated sites has created a buzz in Toledo

Lucas County leaders hope that a share of the $350 million in state money available this year to clean up contaminated sites could lead to the future redevelopment of the Nicholas and Spitzer buildings downtown. Known as brownfield sites, their legacy of pollution at such properties often stands in the way because of additional redevelopment […]

Read more...


Monroe Township golf course to be sold, redeveloped by InSite

The 142-acre Harbor Dunes Golf Club in Monroe Charter Township will soon be transformed into an automotive-related warehousing and distribution center, township supervisor Al Barron announced Tuesday. Barron revealed the first details of the proposed project at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce’s December Koffee Club event, at which elected officials from across the region discussed ongoing and upcoming […]

Read more...


Former American Motors Corp. headquarters in Detroit set for $66 million redevelopment

A developer growing its industrial presence in Detroit plans to demolish the former American Motors Corp. headquarters site for a new development, likely for an automotive supplier, officials said.  Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other officials announced the $66 million redevelopment Thursday morning at the 2-million-square-foot abandoned AMC campus.  AMC took its headquarters to Southfield […]

Read more...


New vision for Kmart’s old headquarters in Troy: But could it work?

As Kmart ends its story in Michigan and closes its last store here in Marshall, the former Kmart Corp. headquarters in Troy still sits awaiting its next chapter. The property at 3100 W. Big Beaver Road, likened in the past to an assortment of brown shoeboxes sticking out of the ground, has been empty for 15 years. Its future […]

Read more...


As Fort Industry Square nears completion, developer set to tackle Nasby Building

Renovating and remodeling Fort Industry Square, comprising 13 buildings with 13 different floor plans hasn’t dissuaded Kevin Prater from taking on what some could see as an even more daunting challenge. “This has probably been the most difficult project I’ve ever done,” the owner of Prater Development Ltd. told an audience of about 100 at […]

Read more...


Developer envisions massive tower for former Joe Louis Arena site

A developer has put forth a conceptual design for a massive tower with 500 apartments to be built on the site of the demolished Joe Louis Arena. Detroit-based Sterling Group, which owns the former arena site, submitted a conceptual site plan to the city in July showing a 25-story, 290-foot-tall residential tower called The Louis where the old Red Wings arena […]

Read more...


Redevelopment of former North Towne Square Mall to bring 500 new manufacturing jobs

City officials on Thursday announced the long-vacant former North Towne Square Mall property will soon be redeveloped into Toledo’s latest industrial park, a move Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said will bring at least 500 well-paying, advanced manufacturing jobs to the community. Kansas City-based NorthPoint Development intends to spend $70 million to build two industrial buildings totaling […]

Read more...


Northville to clear psych hospital property, repurpose for ‘active recreation’

The site of a former state psychiatric hospital in Northville Township will be cleared and redeveloped as an “active recreation site,” after township trustees approved a $12 million bond sale to fund the work, the township announced Tuesday. The bond funding will pay for the removal or relocation of the remaining 11 buildings on the 332-acre site, […]

Read more...


Shunned by shoppers and squeezed by online retail, iconic Detroit malls to get new lives

Eastland Center and Northland Center malls opened in the 1950s to the fanfare of Metro Detroiters looking for a suburban shopping experience. Decades and the internet later, both sites face different futures. Eastland on Vernier Road in Harper Woods will close in January, and an industrial facility will be built in its place. The former […]

Read more...


Southfield sells Northland mall property for $11.1M

After entertaining a number of interested parties, the city of Southfield has finally inked an $11.1 million deal with Bloomfield Hills-based Contour Cos. for a majority of the 114-acre former Northland Center property. The signing of the deal, which was announced July 29, came shortly after the city received approval of a $26 million Michigan […]

Read more...


Developers unveil details for $250M, 30-acre Muskegon lakefront site

Luxury condos, a marina, restaurant, event space and expanded public trails are part of a $250 million vision to transform 30 acres of Muskegon waterfront property. Developer Ryan Leestma and his wife, Emily Leestma, unveiled details of their plans for the Adelaide Point project on Wednesday alongside their development team, city officials and environmental advocates. […]

Read more...


Redevelopment of key property bridging Midtown and downtown sought by Muskegon officials

A building at a key location near Muskegon’s downtown could revert to its historic look through mixed-use redevelopment being sought by city officials. The city-owned building on Third Street had housed offices of Catholic Charities West Michigan, which recently moved to new facilities in the city. The property includes vacant lots on which the city […]

Read more...


West Mich. redevelopment projects awarded $4.6M in state brownfield funding

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy recently awarded $4.6 million in brownfield grants and loans to five redevelopment projects on contaminated properties in West and Southwest Michigan. The developments are among the 21 that the agency has funded for environmental remediation this summer totaling $15.6 million. The projects that recently received funding […]

Read more...


Blake Family of Companies puts $1 million into redevelopment, new venue

The Blake Family of Companies on Tuesday announced the completion of a $1 million redevelopment project that gives the brand a new, expanded multi-purpose, year-round retail and entertainment venue. Blake’s Backyard, located at 5600 Van Dyke Ave. in Almont, is open daily and features a 10,000 square foot taproom that offers Blake’s Hard Cider, beer […]

Read more...


Northland mall sale closes; redeveloper plans to build housing, commercial space

The City of Southfield finalized the sale Thursday of the abandoned Northland Center mall to a private developer who plans to demolish big portions of the old shopping mall, save some of it and build new housing and commercial space. Bloomfield Hills-based Contour Companies closed on the $11.1 million purchase agreement for the 97-acre site and the money is sitting […]

Read more...


Eastland Center developer also aims to develop GM’s Warren Transmission Plant site

The developer who earlier Thursday confirmed its plans to tear down the Eastland Center mall in Harper Woods is also attempting to buy and redevelop General Motors Co.‘s idled Warren Transmission Plant, Crain’s has learned. Riverside, Mo.-based developer Northpoint Development LLC has the 123-acre site at 23500 Mound Road under contract to purchase, with the deal expected to […]

Read more...


Rosie O’Grady’s owner closes bar with plans to redevelop popular Ferndale site

The owner of Rosie O’Grady’s, a popular downtown Ferndale bar and restaurant, closed the establishment over the weekend and aims to redevelop the property in the city’s central business district. In a Saturday evening post on Facebook, the restaurant owners said the establishment would be closing for good, and said “staffing shortages” were “in part” […]

Read more...


GR, Wyoming, Kentwood seek development opportunities along South Division corridor

Planning officials in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming hope a nearly completed study will help spur redevelopment along South Division Avenue after a highly touted bus rapid transit project failed to deliver on its economic development promises. Involving local residents and community leaders to share their vision for the future was a key aspect to […]

Read more...


Elder-Beerman, Sears redevelopment unlikely for now, city official says

Fifteen months ago the city of Toledo soundly rejected tax abatements that would have helped a California firm redevelop the former Elder-Beerman property on Secor Road. It appears the once-popular department store will remain vacant for the foreseeable future because tearing it down and erecting new retail space on the site is not economically feasible […]

Read more...


Parade Co. gets the OK to buy long-vacant Brodhead Armory to turn it into new HQ

The Detroit City Council approved the sale of the R. Thornton Brodhead Naval Armory to the Parade Co. on Tuesday, paving the way for the nonprofit behind Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day parade to turn the long-vacant building into its new headquarters. At a meeting Tuesday the council approved amending the city’s Master Plan to make way for any redevelopment of the site […]

Read more...


Did you know?