The Southfield City Council has approved an $11 million purchase agreement for the former Northland Center mall, according to a news release.
Contour Companies of Bloomfield Hills will buy and redevelop the former mall with office and green space, retail areas and restaurants. The company also plans to develop apartments at various rental rates, according to the release.
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The development company plans to keep and convert the original five 1954 retail pads, the Hudson’s building and the intricate underground tunnel system.
The city turned away factories, light manufacturers, medical marijuana facilities, big-box retailers, warehouses and logistics centers from purchasing Northland, Council President Lloyd Crews said. The city wanted to hold out for development that would grow its tax base and population.
“This redevelopment will provide our community and residents something that we can all enjoy and be proud of for years to come,” Crews said. “I truly believe that this mixed-use redevelopment will also serve as a model for other communities across the country.”
The redevelopment will happen in two stages.
The first stage will consist of developing a mixed-use apartment community with 1,339 units. This community will consist of 14 five-story buildings. Six of these buildings will have commercial purposes on the ground floor, which will face Greenfield Road, according to the release.
The Hudson’s building will turn into the Hudson City Market. This new market will sell food and furniture while also offering dining and entertainment options. The release states the market will emulate the spirit of the Ponce City Market in Atlanta.
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The second stage of Northland’s redevelopment will focus on incorporating more residential buildings and town homes. A landscaped green space with a pond will face the properties. Developers plan on converting the center’s power plant to a community clubhouse while keeping the Northland water tower intact.
Contour plans to demolish the JC Penney building, free-standing structures from 1974 and recent mall additions.
The city also sold 5 acres to Ascension Health to expand the Providence Hospital campus.
“The redevelopment of Northland will transform the property into a lively new urban center while respecting and reinforcing the history of the site, as well as its unique Mid-Century Modern design,” Contour Companies CEO David Dedvukaj said.
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When the mall opened in March 1954, it was one of the largest shopping malls in the world. However, the mall’s last day was in April 2015, when Macy’s closed its doors there forever.
The city of Southfield purchased the failed mall in October 2015 for $2.4 million, according to the Free Press.
After purchasing the property, the city held an “Imagine the Possibilities” public meeting where the community shared ideas on how to revitalize the former bustling shopping center, the release said.
“Contour not only supports the City’s vision, they actually plan to exceed it! Further, Contour believes in adaptive reuse of existing structures,” Southfield Mayor Ken Siver said in the release. “I have felt all along that it would be a wasteful shame to demolish the entire mall. The Hudson’s building and the original portions of the mall were extremely well built and should be saved.”
The sale is expected to be finalized in January 2021. Construction and demolition are planned to take place in spring 2021.
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