Additional details came to light Friday about the proposed redevelopment of the former Warren Transmission Plant at the corner of Mound and Nine Mile roads.
News of the project came a day earlier from Mayor Jim Fouts, who said in a social media post that Kansas City-based NorthPoint Development will invest $180 million into cleanup and development of the plant, which ceased operations in 2019.
Last summer, General Motors said it had a prospective buyer under contract to purchase the property and the then-undisclosed buyer was in the process of finalizing the deal.
“I can confirm that GM closed on the sale of the former Warren Transmission Plant to NorthPoint Development, who plans to redevelop and bring the site into productive reuse,” Maria Raynal, a spokesperson for the automaker said Friday in an email.
She did not disclose the purchase price.
According to the mayor, NorthPoint will turn the “old eyesore” into new commercial and industrial space, creating some 600 jobs in the process. He said a number of “‘big companies” have expressed interest in the development, and said it likely would be overseen by a national or international company.
The City Council is expected to take action on a brownfield redevelopment resolution at its Tuesday night meeting. Plans call for NorthPoint to spend about $28 million on a cleanup and $152 million on the new development.
The resolution states the development will include 1.4 million square feet of industrial space for multiple tenants on 117 acres. It will include improvements to the parking lot, green space, and storm water management.
Language in it indicates demolition of the 2.4 million-square-foot site was to have started in late 2021, with construction starting in the fall of 2022. Construction time will be about 36 months, according to the resolution.
About 600 jobs paying in the area of $15-an-hour are expected to be created in the demolition/construction phase.
A subsurface investigation identified several contaminants in the soil and groundwater that qualify the property for a brownfield status under the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act
NorthPoint Development will seek tax increment financing for demolition, lead and asbestos abatement, infrastructure enhancements and other aspects, the resolution states.
The firm is also overseeing redevelopment of Eastland Mall in Harper Woods. Company officials have not responded to a request for comment on the Warren project.
Opened in 1941. the Warren plant manufactured six-speed transmissions primarily for cars that had been discontinued, including the hybrid Chevrolet Volt. In 2020, GM started using the facility to manufacture face masks during its COVID-19 pandemic outreach.
The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden Avenue.