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Northville Township Board of Trustees Hires Consultant on Robert Scott Prison

The consultant will help determine the uses and value of the property.

Northville Township's board of trustees, after a bit of discussion and compromise on the details, unanimously voted to hire a consultant for the Robert Scott Correctional Facility for no more than $100.

The state officially extended an offer to the township to buy the property at Five Mile and Beck roads for $1 on May 30. Northville Township has 60 days from then to enter into a purchasing agreement and 120 days to close the agreement. The township gets first dibs on the purchase and, if they decline to enter into a purchasing agreement, Wayne County can buy it.

Supervisor Mark Abbo said that the county has expressed an interest in purchasing the property if the township passes on the agreement. But the county has not indicated to him what they would use it for.

Initially, the board considered hiring Southfield-based Signature Associates for exclusive listing rights too.

Several trustees, including Marjorie Banner, Sue Hillebrand, Christopher Roosen and Mindy Herrmann, said that they did not want to make that committment just yet.

After the meeting, Abbo said that the agreement would allow the consultant to look into the possible uses of the property, its fair market value and assess whether it is worth it for the township to buy the property.

Dona M Mazziotti June 22, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Northville should buy the prison property to control what goes on that corner. That intersection is one of Northville's busiest and best corners. Concerned.
Nancy Kelsey (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Ten years down the line, what would you ideally like to see in that space, Dona?
Bart Heldke June 22, 2012 at 05:45 PM
i'd like the township to buy it, demolish the buildings and let it sit. Someday it might be valueable as parkland or a new neighborhood. Letting the property sit idle as open space doesn't hurt anything as long as the property is cleared.
Hamid Yazdi June 23, 2012 at 02:26 AM
How about a nice whole foods market or health club or even a nice movie theatre with restaurants around it. I would say anything is much better that that ugly prison.

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