MC officials ‘selling’ new addition
MICHIGAN CITY — The city recently grew by more than 400 acres and city and economic development officials are touting the area as a great place for manufacturing firms to locate.
The 426-acre annexation, located between Menke Road, I-94 and U.S. 20 on the southeast side is now available for continued economic development, according to the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City.
“As the Mayor, I believe it is paramount that our goal is to make Michigan City, and in this particular case, this property, attractive and ‘shovel ready’ for potential investors and developers,” Mayor Ron Meer said.
“The city engaged in a friendly annexation of this property and plans to invest in the area with water and sewer infrastructure. With its ideal location and proximity to rail spur, I-94 and I-90, I believe this property provides an excellent opportunity for a manufacturer or investor to utilize and develop.
“Ultimately, everything we have done here is the foundation on which economic and job growth can be built to benefit our community,” the mayor said.
The acreage runs along U.S. 35 and 20, as well as I-94, and due to its proximity to regional roadways, the land is best suited for manufacturing buyers including large distribution/warehouse/logistics businesses, according to EDCMC executive director Clarence Hulse.
It also has air transportation is conveniently located at nearby Michigan City Municipal Airport, and has access to the South Shore railroad.
For developers, it’s “geographically perfect,” Hulse said.
“It’s all about the location. This is premium, large acreage available for sale for advanced manufacturing, logistical-type businesses in the Michigan City area.”
There are additional sites available for retail, commercial, hotel and office space, he said. “Potential uses also include residential such as an executive style home subdivision and multi-family development.”
All ideas are currently in the concept phase with potential developers and the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City working together, he said.
“My administration is fully committed to attracting high-paying jobs and more economic investment for Michigan City residents,” Meer said. “This is big news for Michigan City as it opens up the area for future development, and it has taken quite a while to get to this point.
“I’d like to personally thank all the hard-working people involved that helped make this happen.”
This annexation is a direct result of the EDCMC Strategic Action Plan, created 5 years ago to target potential sites in the area available for further improvement, Hulse said.
“In the past, we might have had to turn prospective companies away from growth and expansion because we just weren’t ready with available land,” he said. “But now, we can use this acreage to market our city as a place for employers to turn their dreams into realities.”
The parcels of property in the area are owned by Oehmstead Co., Green Acres, Pioneer Lumber, MHP 1, Illinois Indiana Development Co. and Cemetery Regents of the City of Michigan City, Indiana.
All six entities voluntarily petitioned the city for annexation as a means of gaining access to city services, including sewer and water.
For more information on additional industrial sites and buildings available for development in the Michigan City area, visit edcmc.com.
—From staff reports