Two new major business developments have moved closer to fruition last week. Cargo Force, an airline cargo and mailing service, and Ashley Capital, which plans to build a large distribution center, each took major steps toward locating in Taylor.
Cargo Force is expanding in the Detroit area with the leasing of a warehouse in the City. The company signed a deal to take over the 51,643-square-foot property on Trolley Industrial Drive. Built in 1973, the property was previously leased to warehousing company The WHSE.
Cargo Force is a Florida company that provides airline cargo and mail handling services to 55 airlines at 13 airports. Its new warehouse is located about three miles from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. The airport is a major hub for Delta Air Lines and is also a base for Spirit Airlines.
Meanwhile, City Council last week passed the second reading of a conditional rezoning of a large parcel of land north of I-94 between Inkster and Holland roads for the Ashley Capital development, the Metro 95 Commerce Center. The rezoning changed the parcel from Single Family Residential to Light Industrial.
That development will include a cleanup of contaminated lands on the parcel. During the 1950s and ‘60s, unlicensed landfill activities contaminated approximately 34 acres of the parcel. Decades later, the site was tax foreclosed and reverted to City ownership.
The entire rezoning process, which traveled through the Planning Department, Planning Commission and finally City Council, now moves to phase two of the process. That will include representatives of Ashley working with EGLE, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, on requirements and restrictions involved in the cleanup and build out.
Once that phase is finished, the development will return to the City Planning Department and Planning Commission for site plan approval.
The distribution center building would be roughly 530,000-square-feet. It would create approximately 350 new jobs. The total investment will be approximately $40M.
Ashley Capital’s most recent developments have included the Tri-County Commerce Center in Hazel Park; Liberty Park Commerce Center in Sterling Heights; Livonia West Commerce Center in Livonia; and Crossroads Distribution Center North in Van Buren. Two of those sites were former landfills and a third was a former General Motors’ facility under EPA oversight due to contamination.
The new home Cargo Force.
An overview of the Ashley Capital distribution center proposal.