Maxfield Training Center’s back on the market

Rejecting two redevelopment proposals submitted late last year, Farmington Public Schools has put the long-vacant Maxfield Training Center (MTC) back on the market.

The 58,675-square-foot building sits just north of Grand River, in the heart of downtown Farmington. School and city officials worked together for months to secure a clear title to the three-acre property; efforts included vacating a street that runs through it.

Farmington city officials, who are working with the district to market the downtown property, seemed less than impressed with responses to a 2015 request for development proposals: a townhome development submitted by Robertson Brothers, and Blue Duck Holdings’ more complex, mixed use plan for luxury apartments, townhomes, and a parking deck.

The property is included in the city’s Downtown Area Plan and a “focus area” in the city’s 2015 Vision Plan. Local preservationists have kept a close eye on redevelopment proposals, out of concern over four, 100-year-old houses that stand between the MTC and Grand River. MTC redevelopment scenarios included in the Downtown Area Plan would result in demolishing at least some of the structures, which have no official historic designation and are not part of the city’s Historic District.

Farmington’s Economic and Community Development Director Kevin Christiansen said in a press release that redeveloping the MTC property would bring “potential new residential dwellings in downtown Farmington, as well as new commercial and retail development. Redeveloping the MTC site will also put the property on the tax roll for the city of Farmington, realizing economic benefit and tax-base enhancement for both the city of Farmington and Farmington Public Schools.”

“We are pleased that the MTC property is back on the market, and we look forward to continuing to partner with the City on the redevelopment with a successful sale of this property,” added Jon Riebe, the district’s Director of Facilities Management, Operations and Transportation.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) can be found at farmington.k12.mi.us. Proposals must be received by 1 p.m. on June 22. The city’s Downtown Area Plan and Vision Plan are posted at farmgov.com.

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