Land in Plymouth and Northville townships is being prepared for high-tech and research and development companies as part of a development collaborative.
The Michigan International Technology Center, an emerging real estate initiative focused on technology companies, has completed critical infrastructure at Ridge 5 Corporate Park, an MITC community in Plymouth Township.
The park, a 60-acre industrial subdivision within MITC’s 800 acres, is developed and managed by Novi’s Hillside Investments. Located at the southwest corner of Ridge Road and Five Mile Road, it has nine custom, build-to-suit lots designed to house international high-tech, light industrial, and research and development corporations.
Total capital investment for the project is estimated at $100 million. Construction began in 2019 and is expected to be complete by 2026.
“Ridge 5 Corporate Park fulfills a critical component of the vision for MITC,” says Gary Roberts, consultant for MITC. “We’re creating a world-class, commercial real-estate environment, nestled among some of southeast Michigan’s most desirable communities and surrounded by the world’s leading automotive research and development firms. We look forward to more high-tech businesses calling MITC home.”
Ridge 5 can support buildings from 20,000-250,000 square feet and is close to many of the region’s technology companies. It is bordered by the Johnson Creek as well as woodlands and wetlands.
“Members of the Ridge 5 community will find themselves in a serene setting with beautiful views in all directions,” says Jaimey Roth, principal of Hillside. “The community includes a nearly 1.5-mile walking path, designed by renowned landscape architects, PEA Inc., that loops around its perimeter and will connect to the Coldwater Springs Pathway. At Ridge 5, employees and guests will find themselves immersed in the beauty of nature.”
Thursday’s event included remarks from Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans; Kurt Heise, supervisor of Plymouth Township and authority board vice chairman for MITC; Robert Nix, supervisor of Northville Township and authority board chairman for MITC; and Roth.
The land was once part of the prison farm at the Detroit House of Corrections from the 1920s through the 1980s. It later became a state correctional facility but closed permanently in 2004. It was redeveloped into the MITC in 2017.