Signature Associates Named Leasing Agent for Eastland Commerce Center

As the wrecking ball does its work at the site of the former Eastland Mall in Harper Woods, plans are being made for its replacement — Eastland Commerce Center, a three-building, Class A warehouse, distribution, and manufacturing campus.
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Eastland Commerce Center will replace Eastland Mall in Harper Woods. // Courtesy of Signature Associates
Eastland Commerce Center will replace Eastland Mall in Harper Woods. // Courtesy of Signature Associates

As the wrecking ball does its work at the site of the former Eastland Mall in Harper Woods, plans are being made for its replacement — Eastland Commerce Center, a three-building, Class A warehouse, distribution, and manufacturing campus.

Signature Associates in Southfield today announced it has been named as the leasing agent for the 80-acre site.

The buildings will range from 200,000 square feet to 536,000 square feet, feature tilt-up concrete construction, and an abundance of vehicle and trailer parking.

Joe Hamway and Greg Hudas are the leasing brokers on the project representing the landlord and developer, Missouri-based NorthPoint Development, which is working with LoPatin and Co. in Farmington Hills. The 297,000-square-foot Building 1, scheduled for completion in early 2023, is available for prelease.

“We are excited to partner with Signature Associates on this development,” says Brent Miles, chief marketing officer at NorthPoint Development. “We are grateful for the opportunity to invest in this community and help bring more than eight-hundred new direct and indirect jobs to strengthen the short- and long-term economy.”

Eastland Commerce Center is located at 18000 Vernier, within minutes of I-94 and located near many automotive plants and manufacturing headquarters.

“Signature Associates is thrilled to be awarded the leasing of this project,” says Hamway, vice president and principal at Signature Associates. “The site had been struggling for quite some time and we are excited to bring new development and jobs to the area.”

More than $4.5 million in brownfield tax credits were approved for the $94 million redevelopment project by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Michigan Strategic Fund board.

“Industrial space is in demand, and we are looking forward to leasing up all three buildings, which will be complete by the end of 2023,” says Hudas, also a vice president and principal of Signature Associates.

Eastland opened in 1957 as an outdoor mall managed by J.L Hudson. One of its centerpieces was a nine-foot sculpture of a lion and a mouse, titled “The Lion and Mouse” sculpted by noted artist Marshall Fredericks.

The mall was enclosed in 1975. Fading business led to the property being auctioned in 2018 for $3.2 million to Kohan Retail Investment Group, which later sold it to NorthPoint.

For preleasing information on this exceptional project, please contact Hamway or Hudas at 248-948-9000.

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