Perhaps no one understood the need for productivity in the workplace better than Henry Ford. Which is why it’s hardly surprising that in 1970 his grandson, Henry Ford II, had the vision and foresight to develop 2,360 acres of farmland – acquired by his grandfather – into a master-planned community. Today, the company he formed, Ford Motor Land Development Corporation – or Ford Land – boasts nearly 5 million square feet of commercial office space nestled alongside several retail, residential, hospitality and recreational properties. Ford Land is not only one of the largest commercial landlords in Southeast Michigan, but also one of the most esteemed.
From the very beginning, Henry Ford II’s vision was to develop the land surrounding Ford Motor Company’s World Headquarters into a vibrant, bustling and master-planned community he called Fairlane. The original intent was to ensure the economic success of the area by building a mixed-use development blending retail, residential, hospitality and recreational properties alongside commercial office space. Ford Land has since realized this vision and continues to serve as a guardian and developer of the community.
There’s really no better place to build a business than within the Ford Land community. Its millions of square feet of R&D and commercial office space, located amid a flourishing community, is impressive. When you also consider that the community includes championship golf courses, four-star dining, the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, colleges, universities, a plethora of shopping retailers, and two downtown districts, it becomes clear just how much Ford Land really has to offer.