Wyandotte's Biddle Avenue, the main street through its downtown, will see much more traffic -- and potential customers -- when a medical office building opens on a two-acre piece of land that's long been the site of vacant and blighted properties.
The two-story, minimum 22,000-square-foot medical and professional building will be located at 2070 Biddle Ave. and be largely connected with Henry Ford Health Systems. The project received approval from the Michigan Economic Growth Authority on Tuesday. The approval was required as the city has declared the plot of land a brownfield redevelopment project eligible for tax relief for developers, who will invest $4 million in the project.
The project, which will create 44 permanent jobs and bring business and new tax revenue, is the culmination of five years of work by the city, which painstakingly acquired properties so that something more substantial could take their place. The city has spent $1.6 million on the project in order to bring about a development that would generate local taxes for the city, schools, county and state. There have been nearly 30 structures on the plot of land since 1912, including single family homes, a gas station and a commercial print facility.
It is unclear when construction will start and end.
Source: Michigan Economic Growth Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine