Proposed Dexter Wellness Center project wins brownfield financing support from MEDC
The Michigan Economic Development Corp.'s Michigan Economic Growth Authority board today approved a $230,000 brownfield redevelopment financing package for a proposed new wellness center on Baker Road in Dexter Village.
BST Investments plans to invest about $9 million to develop 88,000 square feet of commercial space at 2810 Baker Road, according to MEDC documents.
This portion of the project, on 7.4 acres, includes the demolition of a 83,345-square-foot light industrial building and the construction of a new 53,081-square-foot Dexter Wellness Center, according to the documents.
The new facility is expected to create 50 to 60 new full-time jobs at an average hourly wage of $18, according to documents the developers filed as part of the brownfield redevelopment application.
“When this project comes together, this will be a wonderful addition for our Baker Road corridor, which has seen a resurgence of new business over the last few years,” said Jim Carson, a village councilman and the newly re-elected president of the Village of Dexter's Economic Development Corporation.
He said the Dexter Pharmacy building “jump-started the corridor improvement and the wellness center will be good for the pharmacy.”
BST Investments previously redeveloped the northwestern corner of the property, demolishing two buildings and constructing a new facility for the Dexter Pharmacy.
Included in the requested brownfield financing are $230,000 for demolition of the building on the property, $48,000 in site remediation and $24,000 in administrative costs.
In addition, apart from this project, the construction of a third, multi-story, brick commercial building is planned, according to the project description.
Parking and landscaping will be added throughout the property.
Eligible activities must be completed within five years of the brownfield plan's approval, Brett Lenart of Washtenaw County’s Economic Development and Energy Department said when the proposal was approved by the Dexter Village Council in early March.
Lisa Allmendinger is a reporter with AnnArbor.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more Dexter stories, visit our Dexter page.