New Jobs, New Horizons For RACER Communities
By relentlessly executing its dual missions of economic redevelopment and environmental remediation, RACER is contributing to revitalization efforts in its host communities.
Italian Company Selects Anderson for First North American Production Facility
Sirmax North America, Inc., is building a 141,000-square-foot manufacturing operation on a 26.3-acre portion of the former GM Delphi I Plant property in Anderson, IN, to produce and supply plastic compounds and resins used in the automotive, home appliance, electrical and furniture industries.
The operation, expected to employ 50 people, is the first North American production facility for Sirmax, an Italian company that has grown to be the second-largest independent polypropylene compounder in Europe. The project is expected to result in more than $25 million in local investment.
“We welcome Sirmax to Anderson,” Mayor Kevin S. Smith said. “Sirmax's announcement marks Anderson's continued record job growth, our success rebuilding the former Guide Lamp site, and our growing world-wide reputation for being a great place for new business.”
The remainder of the former Delphi I property — approximately 107 acres — remains available for purchase and redevelopment. Rail service and all utilities are available at the property, including high-pressure natural gas.
The site originally was constructed in 1906 and, at full capacity, contained eight plants. The General Motors Corporation began operations at the site in 1929. The site was primarily used to manufacture light and lamping systems.
Environmental investigation began on the site in the early 1990s, and tests of soil and groundwater indicated elevated levels of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs). RACER will continue to work with Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to finalize a cleanup plan that is protective of human health and the environment and consistent with IDEM cleanup standards.
Buick City, Flint, MI
AMERICAN Spirit is Building in Flint
AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company Begins Redevelopment of Buick City
Construction is under way on AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company’s 180,000-square-foot facility at the former Buick City site in Flint, a project that is expected to create up to 60 new jobs and provide the infrastructure for a major new waterline in the region.
AMERICAN is the first company to invest in redevelopment at Buick City, previously the site of large-scale vehicle manufacturing.
The City of Flint, led by Mayor Dayne Walling, and the Flint-Genesee Chamber of Commerce have been outstanding partners to RACER in marketing Buick City, which offers major redevelopment opportunities for businesses that are looking to invest and grow.
Construction of the AMERICAN building is expected to be complete in December. The company already has begun hiring and shipping pipe to job sites for the Karegnondi Water Authority Pipeline, which will carry water to the region from Lake Huron.
AMERICAN, founded in 1905 in Birmingham, Ala., has 3,000 employees in the United States. The Flint site is the company’s eighth.
Remediation: Environmental investigation and remediation activities are under way at the site to address a number of environmental issues associated with previous manufacturing practices. Work is being carried out under the oversight of the U.S. EPA. RACER will complete the remediation as directed by EPA and be responsible for any necessary maintenance and monitoring.
Kansas City, KS
NorthPoint Brings Life to Long-Vacant Brownfield
Local Developer is Building 1-Millon-Square-Foot Business Park
NorthPoint Development is revitalizing a long-vacant, 80-acre slice of the Fairfax Industrial District of Kansas City, KS, where it is finishing the first phase of the 1-million-square-foot Central Industrial Park.
When it is finished, it is expected that businesses in the industrial park will employ 2,000 people.
The property, site of a former General Motors auto assembly plant, had been vacant since 1987, when the company demolished 2.2 million square feet of buildings.
The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS, was an invaluable redevelopment partner for RACER, providing information and support that helped us clearly communicate to the market the community’s desires and expectations for reuse.
Remediation: RACER is working with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on an environmental investigation and remediation plan for the site. RACER will complete the remediation as directed by KDHE and be responsible for any necessary maintenance and monitoring.
M1 Concourse Revs Up Redevelopment in Pontiac
Destination for Car Enthusiasts Will Transform City’s Southern Gateway
M1 Concourse closed on its purchase of an 87-acre brownfield in Pontiac, MI, in August, and is moving toward construction of one of the largest automotive enthusiast destinations in North America.
The complex, to be built in phases, will contain more than 250 private garages, a 1.5-mile performance track, repair and restoration shops, restaurants, an auto-focused shopping village and office space.
The community of private garages will accommodate more than 1,000 classic cars, and the public will have opportunities to enjoy year-round programming, including car shows, concerts, product demonstrations and more.
The City of Pontiac and Oakland County have been tremendous partners to RACER, helping us to present compelling investment opportunities to the market.
Remediation: Much of the environmental remediation work at the site has been completed, though some additional remedial investigation work is planned. Work is being carried out under the oversight of the U.S. EPA. RACER will complete the remediation as directed by EPA and be responsible for any necessary maintenance and monitoring.