Minneapolis-based The Opus Group, which has a subsidiary in Ann Arbor, is starting construction on a 275,401-square-foot industrial building on the site of the former Detroit Artillery Armory on Eight Mile Road in Oak Park.
Prior to the start of construction, the originally planned speculative building has been fully leased to an undisclosed user. It will feature a 32-foot clear height, 44 dock doors, 57 trailer parking stalls, and 196 auto parking stalls.
“We are excited to be developing a modern distribution facility on this parcel,” says Mike Robinson, senior director of real estate development for Opus. “This facility is in a prime infill location with superior access to freeway routes.”
The project is slated for completion in December 2022. Opus is the developer, design-builder, architect, and structural engineer of record. David MacDonald and Sean Cavanaugh of JLL represented Opus on the project. Paul Hoge and Gary Stephens of Signature Associates represented the seller on the transaction.
“To have the former Detroit Artillery Armory site fully leased and built out is a long-term dream I am beyond excited to see realized,” says Erik Tungate Oak Park’s city manager. “This will provide new job opportunities for our residents and an additional tax base for the city of Oak Park.
“Businesses that embrace advanced and modern technology and operational approaches are welcome in Oak Park, and this new development exemplifies what we look for as we continue to move down our path of excellence.”