Work Begins on 171-acre Romulus Trade Center, 1,100 Jobs Planned

The City of Romulus and NorthPoint Development have started work on the Romulus Trade Center, a 171-acre, multi-million-dollar development offering a combination of retail and industrial space.
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Elected officials from the City of Romulus break ground on phase one of the Romulus Trade Center. // Photo courtesy City of Romulus

The City of Romulus and NorthPoint Development have started work on the Romulus Trade Center, a 171-acre, multi-million-dollar development offering a combination of retail and industrial space.

Construction of phase one of the Romulus Trade Center is set to conclude by summer 2023. Royal Farms is the first confirmed tenant.

Located along the south side of Smith Road, the east side of Vining Road, and the north side of Wick Road, the development is estimated to have an economic impact of more than $56 million in annual property taxes and $55 million in annual payroll revenue.

More than 1,100 jobs will be created and Kansas City, Mo.-based NorthPoint Development has agreed to give Romulus residents hiring priority. The company will host a job fair for residents before opening positions to the rest of the public.

“We’re pleased to announce another development coming to the City of Romulus in partnership with NorthPoint Development, who we’ve worked closely with in the past on projects like Ecorse Commons,” says Robert McCraight, mayor of Romulus. “Romulus Trade Center will serve as a catalyst to bring in new retail businesses and jobs, something we know residents would like to see as we continue to grow our community.”

Northpoint Development’s original plan for the Romulus Trade Center was denied by City Council citing concerns from residents. Not willing to give up on the project, NorthPoint Development worked closely with Romulus to develop a new master plan, conducted community perception surveys, and spent in the city to better understand residents’ concerns.

Based on community feedback, NorthPoint development will install sidewalks and benches along public streets and private roads. In addition, more than 8,500 greeneries, from trees to bushes, will be planted to improve beautification and trucks will not be permitted to travel north toward residential areas. NorthPoint Development is also investing more than $2 million to accelerate infrastructure development.

“Romulus Trade Center is a vision of the community,” says Brent Miles, chief marketing officer at NorthPoint Development. “Nearly every aspect of the development plan was put together using extensive feedback from Romulus residents, because we made a promise to invest in the communities where we develop. Our commitment to Romulus is long-term, and we look forward to years of continued growth together.”

To learn more about the City of Romulus, visit romulusgov.com.

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