Ford Land Announces Progress Updates and Exciting Additions to Downtown West Dearborn’s Wagner Place

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  • In addition to office space for more than 600 employees and a new public green space, Ford Motor Company is pleased to announce the addition of seven new retail tenants at downtown West Dearborn’s Wagner Place
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  • The 150,000-square-foot mixed-use development is just the beginning of Ford’s transformation into a state-of-the-art campus that will drive innovation and collaboration in every part of its business
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  • Ford’s investment in West Dearborn development is designed to appeal to a new generation of workers and bring new retail and restaurant options to the local community

 
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 11, 2018 – In May 2017, Ford Land broke ground on Wagner Place, a unique urban development that will feature office space for 600 Ford employees, as well as new retail and restaurant options.

Wagner Place development is located on the south side of Michigan Avenue, flanking both the east and west side of Monroe Street in downtown West Dearborn. The mixed-used development will have first floor retail and restaurant space, along with second and third floor office space.

At the end of last month, the Ford Motor Company employees began moving into the second and third floor offices of the east and west buildings. A percentage of the first floor retail and restaurant space was pre-leased to seven tenants. Mid-America Real Estate – Michigan Inc. is excited to be working alongside the Ford Land team on the leasing of first floor space, in order to re-energize downtown West Dearborn. Tenants will include a variety of retail shops, restaurants, services and a micro-brewery.

Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, Orangetheory Fitness, The Great Commoner, Modern Greek, Paradise Briyani Pointe Indian Cuisine, Eleanor’s Café Yogurtown and a regional barbeque chain are committed tenants that will occupy the space.

“We are incredibly excited about this opportunity to be a part of Wagner Place,” said Tony Grant, spokesperson for Jolly Pumpkin Brewery. “We are proud Michiganders in every way, and have the automotive industry in our DNA, so the marriage of these two great industries can be found in our Michigan breweries every day.”

Over the last year, Ford has worked to transform two city blocks of what were largely vacant buildings into this project. The 150,000-square-foot mixed-use development will be certified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and will be resource-efficient with water and energy conservation features.

“We are excited about the new business moving into Wagner Place, sparking excitement and growth in downtown West Dearborn,” said Dave Dubensky, chairman and CEO, Ford Land. “We are committed to the city we have called home for years, and proud to play such a role in offering even more to the community.”

The City of Dearborn was able to secure a three million dollar grant from The Michigan Strategic Fund to construct a 373-space public parking structure on the southwest corner of West Village Drive and Monroe Street – open to both Ford employees and shoppers alike. The structure, along with other public lots and street parking, provides free parking.

“We are excited to bring Orangetheory Fitness to the Dearborn community and help members live healthier, more vibrant lives,” said Chad Smith, Orangetheory Fitness Dearborn and Canton franchisee. “We can’t wait for Dearborn residents to become part of the Orangetheory family and start seeing results from the science-backed, high-energy workout, regardless of fitness level.”

Mikey Nassar, owner of Eleanor’s Café Yogurtown, shares Smith’s sentiments. “It’s so exciting to be a part of a complete transformation and be the frontiers to the new Ford Wagner Place,” he said. “We knew we needed to sacrifice to succeed, and we are proud to work with Ford and be a part of the future and change of Dearborn.”

In addition to the new retail spaces, Ford will move 600 employees from the data insights and analytics team into the office space, as well as create a public green space for both employee and public use. The public green space is envisioned to activate the area with public events – such as art fairs, farmers market, local festivals, concerts and more.

“The green space will be designed to complement the streetscape, and is something downtown Dearborn doesn’t currently have,” said Dubensky. “This will bring new life and a new feel to the area and to our employees, encouraging them to go out into the community.”

To create a more walkable downtown, the new buildings were strategically pushed back ten feet from the street. The Wagner Place project is part of Ford Motor Company’s ten year campus transformation plan.

“This new space represents the evolution of our city,” said Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. “We’re looking forward to new businesses, new customers and a renewed energy in our community.”

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Ford Land hosts Broker Event with an Exclusive Tour of Michigan Central Station

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September 17, 2018 – Ford Land recently hosted an event for brokers to tour Michigan Central Station.

The event shared Ford’s vision of a new 1.2 million SF campus in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood that will serve as an innovation hub for Ford’s vision for the future of transportation. Michigan Central Station is the centerpiece of this new campus featuring office, commercial, residential and event space. The attending brokers toured the train station and were shuttled to the Factory building for a reception that included local Corktown food and beverages.

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Wagner Place Featured on City of Dearborn Television

Doug Van Noord, Ford Land’s Director-Sales, Leasing and Development, spoke with Mayor O’Reilly, on a recent episode of Meet Your Council on the City of Dearborn Television. Van Noord shared the impact Ford Land expects the office and retail development to have on the downtown Dearborn community.

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9/14/18 Participating Food Trucks

Proceeds benefiting the United Way! 

Food Trucks are donating 10% of sales to the United Way!

Sept 14, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm: 330 Town Center, Dearborn

Scheduled Trucks: Buffy Mexi-Casian Grill  Chicken Coupe  Delectabowl  Fortune Cooking GrillWich Tot Stop • Hero or Villain Van • Saucey Joe’s  Slows to Go Stockyard Streetside Sushi • Treat Dreams

Trucks may change without notice.

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8/10/18 Participating Food Trucks

May 13, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm: 1000 Republic Drive, Allen Park

Scheduled Trucks: Buffy Mexi-Casian Grill  Fortune Cooking  Go Cheez Hero Or Villain Van • Mac Shack • Mean Weenie • Saucey Joe’s • Shredderz Slows to Go StreetSide Sushi Treat Dreams  Wood Fired Up Pizza

Trucks may change without notice.

 

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Ford Acquires Iconic Michigan Central Station as Centerpiece of New Detroit Campus to Usher in Ford’s Smart, Connected Future

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  • Ford has acquired the iconic Michigan Central Station and plans to transform it into the centerpiece of a vibrant new campus in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood that will serve as an innovation hub for Ford’s vision for the future of transportation
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  • The Corktown campus is a place where Ford and its partners will work on autonomous and electric vehicle businesses, and design solutions for a new transportation operating system that makes mobility more convenient and accessible through smart, connected vehicles, roads, parking and public transit
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  • Corktown will be part of a Ford mobility corridor running from Ann Arbor to Dearborn to Detroit. It’s also the latest node in Ford’s research network stretching from Palo Alto to Germany to China. Ford’s plan to redesign its Dearborn campus will continue in parallel with the Corktown campus development
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  • Michigan Central Station, shuttered 30 years ago, will be redeveloped over the next three to four years into a magnet for high-tech talent and a regional destination with modern work spaces, retail, restaurants, residential living and more

DETROIT, June 19, 2018 – Ford’s Highland Park plant helped create America’s middle class. At Willow Run, Ford workers built the planes and tanks that helped win World War II, setting the stage for American prosperity. Generations of families have worked at the 100-year-old Rouge factory, putting the world on wheels and helping grow the middle class.

Now, as the company ushers in its next era, Ford adds Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood to that transformative list. The new Corktown campus will be a hub where Ford and its partners will work on autonomous and electric vehicles, and design urban mobility services and solutions that includes smart, connected vehicles, roads, parking and public transit.

In a week in which the company celebrated its 115th anniversary, Ford today formally announced the acquisition of Michigan Central Station. Ford employees, city and state officials, Corktown residents and Detroit civic leaders attended the ceremony at the iconic former train station.

“Michigan Central Station is a place that in many ways tells the story of Detroit over the past century,” said Bill Ford, the company’s executive chairman. “We at Ford want to help write the next chapter, working together in Corktown with the best startups, the smartest talent, and the thinkers, engineers, and problem-solvers who see things differently – all to shape the future of mobility and transportation.”

The acquisition of Michigan Central Station comes alongside the company’s purchase of the former Detroit Public Schools Book Depository, two acres of vacant land, the site of an old brass factory and the recent purchase of a refurbished former factory in Corktown, now home to Ford’s electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle business teams.

“What Rouge was to Ford in the industrial age, Corktown can be for Ford in the information age,” said Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett. “It will be the proving ground where Ford and our partners design and test the services and solutions for the way people are going to live and get around tomorrow, creating a Southeast Michigan mobility corridor that spans west from Dearborn to Ann Arbor, and east to Detroit.”

Ford plans to have at least 1.2 million square feet of space in Corktown, three-quarters of which will be split between the company and its partners. Approximately 2,500 Ford employees, most from the mobility team, who will call Corktown their work home by 2022 – with space to accommodate 2,500 additional employees of partners and other businesses. The remaining 300,000 square feet will serve as a mix of community and retail space, and residential housing. This project is supported by our strong partnership with state and local government officials.

Development of Michigan Central Station and other Corktown locations is critical to Ford’s future as the company continues learning how urban areas are changing and the role transportation plays in revitalizing cities. Being in the heart of America’s comeback city will help attract talent, startups and engineers that want to address these issues with Ford.

At the same time, Ford is continuing with its Dearborn Campus Transformation plan that started in 2016. This summer the 150,000-square-foot Wagner Place development in West Dearborn is on track to open, as is a new driving dynamics lab located on Ford’s Product Development Campus. The 10-year Dearborn plan will also continue to bring key work groups closer together, including the company’s product development teams to one campus.

Preparing smart vehicles for a smart world
As cities cope with booming populations, aging infrastructure and new technology, the way people move is changing rapidly. Rather than simply integrating new technology into an aging transportation system, Ford’s vision includes a fresh approach for how the overall transportation system can benefit from new ideas that help people lead better and more productive lives.

The future of transportation requires more than new vehicles – or even self-driving vehicles. It requires smart vehicles that can communicate with an increasingly smart and connected world. That’s why Ford is developing a Transportation Mobility Cloud – an open platform that manages information flow and transactions between different services – to help cities optimize their various modes of transit. The company is also committed to ensuring vehicles can communicate with tech-enabled surroundings to reduce CO2, lower congestion, and improve safety.

In Corktown, Ford’s efforts can come together in an urban environment, proving-out technology in the same environment where new ideas must be applied. This campus has the potential to help return Detroit to being the “mobility capital of the world” – shaping the future of transportation for the better.

Working for the community
While Ford’s Corktown investments are crucial to the company’s long-tern planning, it is also represents a commitment to the city of Detroit and its future, with Michigan Central Station envisioned as a beacon of development and opportunity.

Ford’s plans for the station to include restoration of the grand hall to its original luster; attraction of local shops and restaurants; and creating new residential options in the up-and-coming neighborhood. The station will serve as a public space for people to enjoy, with more details to come in the future. Ford is committed to working with Corktown residents and businesses to make certain its development efforts align with the historic nature of the community and complement other planned developments to revitalize the neighborhood.

“Just as Dearborn does, Corktown holds a special place in my heart,” said Bill Ford. “Henry Ford was the son of an immigrant. His father, William Ford, came over from Cork during Ireland’s potato famine. And Corktown was a destination for immigrants like him who came here with little more than hope. It was a place where you could reimagine what’s possible. That’s what we want to do all over again, right here in Corktown – to build tomorrow, together.”

Ford thanks the Moroun family, the long-time owners of Michigan Central Station, for their support in making this project possible.

Michigan Central Station, designed by the same architects that designed New York’s Grand Central Station, was the main intercity passenger rail depot in Detroit. Built for the Michigan Central Railroad, it replaced the original depot in downtown Detroit, which was shuttered after a major fire in December 1913. Formally dedicated on Jan. 4, 1914, the station remained open for business until the cessation of Amtrak service on Jan. 6, 1988. With a train depot and 13-story office tower with a roof height of 230 feet, it was the world’s tallest rail station when constructed.

Before renovations begin, Ford is offering the public a chance to attend an open house at Michigan Central Station from June 22-24. Highlights of this complimentary tour include:

  • Exhibit: Curated in partnership with the Detroit Historical Society, an open and airy exhibit allows guests to explore the rich history of Michigan Central Station and Detroit through visuals, text and artifacts, while taking in the grand architecture around them. The exhibit includes pieces from local
    artists who capture the spirit of Corktown today.
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  • Self-guided tour: Visitors will have rare access to the entire first floor of the train station with a self-guided tour that showcases images of what the train station once was, juxtaposed with how it looks today.
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  • Documentary preview: Visitors will get a first-look at “Detroit: Comeback City,” a HISTORY documentary that charts the mutual rise, fall and rise again story of Detroit and Michigan Central Station in the words of real Detroiters. The documentary will debut at 9 p.m. eastern July 1 on HISTORY.
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  • Community Area: Ford is hosting community engagements in partnership with the Ford Fund inside the station, highlighting local artists, entrepreneurs and the youth from Corktown. Activities include live mural making with Corktown artists and a student STEAM lab.
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Historic Corktown Becomes Home to Ford Motor Company’s Electric Vehicle Team

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  • Ford returns to Detroit with its dedicated global electric vehicle organization, Ford Team Edison, plus its autonomous vehicle business team
  • New Corktown location brings together Ford teams in an urban environment as they help the company push into a world of electrification and autonomy – including the development of Ford’s first self-driving vehicle
  • Corktown environment and new workspace setup helps accelerate Ford’s plan to offer hybrid options on high-volume nameplates such as F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Escape and Bronco, in addition to hybrid options for every new Ford SUV introduced

DETROIT, May 24, 2018 – Marking its return to the Motor City, Ford is moving its electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle business teams into a refurbished former factory located in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood. Much more than just a relocation, the move is a purpose-driven strategic decision, offering a new work environment and customizable workspace that will enable the acceleration of Ford’s push into electrification and strengthen its development of self-driving vehicles.

“Moving our teams to Corktown will further enhance our electric and autonomous vehicle development,” said Sherif Marakby, Ford vice president, autonomous vehicles and electrification. “It gives our teams the workspace they need to promote collaboration and big thinking, and an urban set ting that delivers crucial insight for both programs.”

Serving as home to a number of companies over its 110-year history, the former factory is located in a thriving neighborhood that gives Ford teams the opportunity to immerse themselves in the lifestyle and mobility challenges of an urban environment. This daily immersion allows them to identify problems and generate solutions that will inform the development of the company’s self-driving and electric vehicles.

The historic 45,000-square-foot building has undergone extensive renovation to bring about optimal working conditions for employees dedicated to autonomy and electrification. The newly designed layout fosters collaboration and team building, with rolling desks that allow groups to customize their workspace as needed, flexible options for meetings, and interactive screens that make working together easier.

Corktown employees are part of cross-functional global teams working with product development, purchasing, and marketing, sales and service groups around the world to deliver the right vehicles for customers in each region.

Developing electric vehicles people really want

Part of an $11.1 billion investment in global electric vehicles announced earlier this year, the Corktown location is now home to Ford Team Edison, the company’s dedicated global electric vehicle team. The team is moving quickly to deliver electrified vehicles that offer exciting experiences and enhanced capabilities based on what people need and want – including the all-new Mustang-inspired battery-electric SUV slated for 2020.

In the next few years, Ford plans to offer hybrid options on high-volume nameplates such as Mustang, F-150, Explorer, Escape and Bronco, in addition to hybrid options for every new Ford SUV introduced. The work done in Corktown will also help accelerate the development of Ford’s battery-electric vehicle program. A total of 40 electrified vehicles will be available globally from Ford by 2022, including 16 full battery-electric vehicles.

Ford’s approach to electrification entails enhancing the best attributes of its vehicles, including performance, capability and convenience. Ford’s new electric vehicles will offer customers additional capabilities – such as an onboard electric generator on the hybrid F-150 – and better mileage without sacrificing the great performance they have come to expect. Since owning a battery-electric vehicle represents a change in lifestyle, Ford is rethinking how to ensure seamless and convenient charging, while also looking to offer full-vehicle over-the-air software updates to enhance capability and features.

Building toward an autonomous future
Working alongside Ford Team Edison will be the company’s autonomous vehicle business team. Ford already is combining its self-driving vehicle expertise with the robotics and artificial intelligence experience of Argo AI. The work in Corktown will complement that effort.

With its autonomous and electric vehicle teams working side-by-side, the company will deliver on its plan to develop a purpose-built, custom-designed self-driving vehicle that runs on a hybrid-electric powertrain. Planned to begin production in 2021, Ford’s first autonomous vehicles will be designed to move people or goods, making them excellent tools for businesses to enhance and grow their operations, as well as provide great, intuitive experiences to the customers they interact with.
Other key factors in design and performance include commercial-grade quality for lower cost of ownership, improved durability to operate in tough urban environments, and dependable safety features integrated by the teams deeply involved in development. In addition, the hybrid-electric powertrain will help reduce emissions and achieve maximum mileage to keep the self-driving vehicle on the road longer each day.

Click here to read more about Ford’s plans for its first self-driving vehicle.

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Wagner Place Development Opening Late Summer, 2018

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The Wagner Place Development is scheduled to open late summer. The new urban office space in downtown West Dearborn is designed to foster collaboration and walkability during the workday for 600 Ford GDI&A employees. The GDI&A team is working to transform the customer experience, enabling new mobility products and services and helping Ford operate more efficiently.

The 150,000-square-foot development will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified (LEED), and will be resource-efficient with water and energy conservation features. Wagner Place will have first-floor retail and restaurants, two floors of workspace and a rooftop terrace. Wagner Place is located within walking distance of Ford’s product development campus.

Wagner Place also includes green space allowing for placemaking opportunities through programmed events with partners such as the DDA and city of Dearborn.  Furthermore, West Village Drive behind Wagner Place will undergo streetscaping improvements in 2018 to make way for a “festival street,” where residents can enjoy fairs, food truck rallies, and other events.

Wagner Place represents the ongoing evolution of not only our west downtown, but the entire city,” says Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. “We’re excited to welcome new businesses and our Ford Motor Company partners to west Dearborn, and look forward to the development bringing hundreds of employees to the area, new customers and a renewed energy to our community.”

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7/13/18 Participating Food Trucks

July 13, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm: 4 Parklane Blvd, Dearborn

Scheduled Trucks: Buffy Mexi-Casian • Chicken Coupe • Fortune Cooking • GrillWich Tot Stop • Mean Weenie • NuDeli • Saucey Joe’s • Shredderz • Stockyard • Treat Dreams • Wood Fired Up Pizza

Trucks may change without notice.

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Ford Land Sponsors Tour at
ULI National Spring Conference
  


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May 1, 2018 – Ford Land recently participated in Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Spring National Conference held in downtown Detroit. A record breaking 4000 industry experts in real estate attended the three day conference, May 1- 3.

The conference included breakout sessions based at Cobo Center discussing such topics as emerging real estate trends, best practices in land development, repurposing surplus property, neighborhood developments and public private partnerships. The heart of the event were tours set around the city for attendees to experience the transformation.

Ford Land sponsored a tour that included an inside look at the making of America’s most iconic truck, the F-150, at the Ford Rouge Factory. Attendees witnessed trucks assembled in the lean and flexible manufacturing plant experienced a multisensory film experience celebrating the past, present and future of American manufacturing and viewed the plants sustainable living roof.

The attendees then enjoyed an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience at Ford’s vehicle testing facility, the Dearborn Development Center. Attendees got behind the wheel and drove some of Ford’s latest products on various track surfaces, steering and handling course and the speed-testing course.

Speaking at the tour event were Doug Van Noord, Ford Land, Director – Sales, Leasing & Development and Dave Payne, Ford, Manager – Vehicle Development Operations

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