The Michigan Strategic Fund board approved a $4.5-million performance-based grant to help pave the way for Amazon to invest $40 million in a new logistics optimization center in Shelby Township, Michigan. The one million square foot facility will be located on 85 acres in at the southeast corner of 23 Mile Road and Mound. Once fully operational, Amazon will create more than 1,000 new full-time jobs with generous benefits.
“This investment is a true example of partnership driven economic development,” said Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel. “As a result, a formerly idled property will be transformed into a million square foot fulfillment center. We are proud Amazon has made its home in Macomb.”
Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development worked with Hillwood Development Company, LLC., an industrial, commercial and residential real estate development company based in Dallas, Texas to assemble the project. The department served as the coordinating agency to expedite local approvals, deploy county incentives and work alongside the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to secure state support of the project.
The selected parcel, a former industrial site, was idled in 2009. Macomb County Brownfield Authority will offer nearly $10 million in tax increment revenue funds to finance full environmental remediation and cleanup of the site to meet all state and federal standards. These activities will include all environmental assessment and investigation; demolition of existing building slabs, sub-slab depressurization, stormwater management systems, soil management.
Macomb County Department of Roads will dedicate nearly $500,000 to make necessary road enhancements at the site. The Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board and its Michigan Works! Centers will be integrally involved in recruiting employees.
“Being part of the team that helped to attract this incredible investment to our community has been an exhilarating experience,” said John Paul Rea, Director of Macomb County Planning & Economic Development. “We are grateful to the private- and public-sector organizations who worked with us to make this happen.”
An official groundbreaking is expected to be held later this fall. The new Amazon Logistics Enhancement Center is expected to be open for business in 2018.