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Michigan state-owned mega site could attract major development to Lansing area

Michigan state-owned mega site could attract major development to Lansing area
Michigan state-owned mega site could attract major development to Lansing area

A 1,300-acre site 10 minutes from Lansing is going to be commercialized, looking for a chipmaker or similar high-tech company that could bring in an investment of around $10 billion.

The land, largely owned by Michigan State University, is in Clinton County between Grand Ledge Airport and Interstate 96.

The site is marketed to the small number of companies that would meet MSU’s standards, including research and development opportunities, and could fill a large portion of the site over time, said Bob Trezise, ​​president. and CEO of Lansing Economic Area Partnership.

It could be a chipmaker for the automotive industry, another battery site, an electric vehicle factory, or another competitive modern industry that propels the state forward, did he declare. A $2.6 billion electric vehicle factory is being built in Delta Township.

The site, called the Michigan Manufacturing Innovation Campus, is one of the largest publicly accessible commercial/industrial lands in the state.

There are six larger parcels listed on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation site tracker. Four of them are in the Upper Peninsula. The other two sites are in Durand and Marshall.

Trezise said the Clinton County site is ideal: it abuts a freeway and is a short drive from the university or the Capitol. There is enough land for the giant projects he is planning.

The site is also less than 10 miles from the Capital Region International Airport.

He said utility companies — including the Lansing Board of Water & Light, Consumers Energy and Novi-based independent power transmission company ITC Holdings Corp. – are all ready to meet the requirements of such a large project.

David Morris, a farmer and former Eagle Township supervisor, bequeathed much of the land, about 1,000 acres, to the university about 15 years ago, said Patti Schafer, who was the township treasurer when Morris served and is now the township supervisor.

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She said Morris trusted MSU with the ownership and expected something visionary to happen. He expected it to be farmed for years, maybe a few barns added, Schafer said.

“Bring us another industry? David would have loved that,” she said. “He donated it with the vision that they would do something with it at the right time.”

The MSU land is currently leased and operated by a farmer, Schafer said.

The rest of the 1,300 acres is connected to land that the owners have agreed to sell.

The university’s mission is to drive a strong local and regional economy and that’s one of the reasons MSU agreed to work to help recruit major development, said Emily Gerkin Guerrant, vice president of media and public relations at the university.

She said the university does not select industries or lead any particular type of development, but would be happy to partner with any company as the university’s skill set is broad enough. to accommodate a wide variety of potential businesses.

Its location, sandwiched between an industrial park and Abrams Municipal Airport to the south and a highway to the north, is good for big business and having existing industrial activity there makes it easier to convert farmland into a big project, said Kam Washburn, chairman of the Clinton County Board of Commissioners.

“The kind of economic development that would happen there would be, in our view, the highway there,” he said.

Washburn said the county plans to follow a similar model that led to the development of a $555 million dairy manufacturing plant in St. Johns. It was the largest food processing plant in the state when it opened in 2020.

“It’s something that has become a real economic driver,” he said.

This mega site would likely be on an even grander scale, Washburn said.

It could change the future of Eagle Township and give the township a role in getting the state and country less dependent on foreign businesses, Schafer said.

“Will it change people’s lives? Yes,” she said. “I can’t wait for Michigan to get back on the map for something new.”

Contact Mike Ellis at [email protected] or on Twitter @MikeEllis_AIM

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