Zorn applauds brownfield approval for $56.6M Tecumseh redevelopment project

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Tuesday applauded approval of a brownfield tax capture that will pave the way for a more than $56 million redevelopment of the former Tecumseh Products facility.

“This is the next step in cleaning up an old industrial site and putting it back to productive use, which is outstanding news for the people of Tecumseh and the entire area,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “The brownfield project will help create 350 jobs and generate $56.6 million in investment and also bring more economic opportunities to the community and additional support for local schools and public safety.”

The City of Tecumseh Brownfield Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday received Michigan Strategic Fund approval of $1,447,584 in local and school tax captures for brownfield activities at the former Tecumseh Products site.

Local leaders joined Zorn in praising the project.

“I am extremely pleased to see this redevelopment,” said Tecumseh Mayor Jack Baker. “This property was important in the past and will be important in the future.”

Lenawee Now Executive Director Jim Van Doren also weighed in.

“On behalf of a small community this project is especially important,” Van Doren said. “It is within walking distance and this project encourages more growth. It assists the entire county.”

The Revival Commons project will rehabilitate a portion of the old Orbitech building into industrial space and renovate a building at 600 S. Ottawa St. into offices. The rest of the 55-acre site will be cleared for a new contemporary retail, industrial and business complex with on-site parking and park space.

Prior uses of the Tecumseh Products site as a foundry, metal and machine shop, and refrigeration equipment manufacturer left the site heavily contaminated. The brownfield capture will support lead, asbestos and mold abatement as well as demolition activities necessary to prepare the site for redevelopment.

“I applaud the state, local and private development leaders for working together to support returning an abandoned facility back into a source of pride and economic renewal, and I look forward to seeing the redevelopment completed,” Zorn said.