Calling all developers, entrepreneurs, and business owners:
Need a new space for your industrial corporation? Looking for the perfect spot for your new bar or restaurant? Or are you thinking of rehabbing a historical piece of real estate?
Peruse the list below of just a few of the great properties that are for sale in St. Clair County.
Port Huron and St. Clair County are currently enjoying somewhat of a redevelopment revitalization, and the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County wants to point out a few places that would be great, whether you are looking for an industrial space, a spot in a professional plaza, or want to resuscitate an historic building.
Prime Industrial Locations
St. Clair Industrial Park
The EDA has listed this property on Range Road in the city of St. Clair as "shovel ready," meaning it is primed for quick development with utilities in place. The EDA says the property already has its Phase One and Two Environmental Study and Wetland Delineation completed, which would help with averting delays with permitting and allow building to begin quicker.
"The St. Clair Industrial Park is truly one of a kind opportunity," says Signature Associates Sales and Leasing Associate Ben Wilkiemeyer. "As the market continues to tighten up, shovel-ready sites like this are more and more difficult to come by."
Some of the unique features of the 105-acre site include:
-Adjacent to 3,400 feet of CSX railway with established easements to install active spurs.
-Situated in close proximity to a number of tier one auto suppliers and major manufacturers.
-Full utility access, including heavy power.
-Municipally owned, resulting in a streamlined project approval process with numerous available incentives.
-Foreign trade zone, HUB zone
-Direct rail and highway access to Canada
-Minutes from I-94
-Environmental studies and wetland delineation complete
-Local cooperative training programs focused on creating a youthful manufacturing workforce
-Below market pricing
"These characteristics combined are virtually impossible to find in not only Southeast Michigan, but most major metropolitan markets. We couldn't be more excited to work on the project," says Wilkiemeyer.
For more information, visit http://www.edascc.com/site-selection/available-properties/st-clair-industrial-park.
Ira Township Industrial Site at the (County Line Road)
This site is located at the western point of St. Clair County in Ira Township. The 78 acres owned by the Anchor Bay School District was originally planned as an expansion of the Andrews Industrial Park. Located close to I-94 and zoned industrial, the land is flat and mostly cleared. There is access to water, sewer, gas and heavy power, with two KVA lines on either side of the site.
"There is company interest on a portion of the site at this time," says EDA CEO Dan Casey. "But no official offer pending yet."
Even if interest moves forward, a little less than half of the property will still be available.
Of course, the list does not start and end with industrial sites only. Many other properties include historic sites and other downtown area buildings.
1515 Busha Highway
This site is an excellent option for corporate headquarters, a Research and Development Center, a prime commercial office, a data center, or a medical office.
This property has been aggressively marketed for sale by local business owner Robert Klingler, who also owns Trident Industrial Park, can be contacted at 815-378-9184 for more information. Or, visit http://www.edascc.com/site-selection/available-properties/1515-Busha-Highway-Marysville-Mi.
Great Historic and Central Spots
The Emerging Trends
publication from The Urban Land Institute and PwC assure us that "Old is New Again," and that renovation and redevelopment are not new concepts, but it's certainly skewing the direction of the market as far as potential investments go.
Port Huron and the surrounding areas in St. Clair County are surely no strangers to redevelopment in the past few years, as revitalization continues both along the waterfront towns and infrastructure inland.
The Harrington Inn, Port Huron
Port Huron's first luxury hotel was built by the son of the founder of Port Huron in 1896 and thrived as a stopping point for the rich and famous for almost 100 years before being purchased by an assisted living management company in the 1980's. Its ivied, red brick façade and white painted bay windows are one of the many charming features of this historic building. The building needs renovations to bring it up to code, but otherwise has the distinctive historic flair that is bound to attract potential investors.
Achatz, St. Clair Plaza
Another downtown setting, in the city of St. Clair, is the Achatz Restaurant space in the St. Clair Plaza, which is for sale after beloved owners Sally and Grant Achatz decided to retire. The property is currently in a due diligence phase, but there is not a 100 percent chance this could close, so it is still listed.
The courtyard of the plaza just received a half a million dollar renovation, and the space has prime waterfront views and could easily be renovated with overhead doors to allow indoor/outdoor access for the outdoor dining experience that is so popular in the spring and summer months.
The St. Clair Inn
The St. Clair Inn is itself currently undergoing renovations, and once the space re-opens, could bring more foot traffic to the area in general.
"We expect this site will become a more pub-style restaurant in the future," says Casey.
These are just a few examples around the county that could offer a great location for a variety of business dealings.
The EDA also says there are great waterfront properties and spaces in other prominent locations such as the DTE Site and the Municipal Building where their offices are in Port Huron, but that the current list reflects properties that would be ready for quick development.
For more information, call the EDA at 810-982-9511. Or visit their website at http://www.edascc.com/.