The 239-acre property of Ford Motor Co. on its former Wixom Assembly Plant has been sold to Trident Barrow Management, LLC, which is a unit of Barrow Development. At the end of March, demolition of the area will start. Donna Inch, Ford Land chairman and CEO, said that the company is “very pleased” with the sale and the prospect of new development being seen in the Wixom area soon.
She said that the mayor as well as the city officials has been very helpful with repurposing the property and with getting permission for the demolition together with the new owners. Barrow Development is planning to redevelop the area in agreement with the recently formed Planned Unit Development District of the city of Wixom.
The modified ordinance will lend flexibility to the new owners so that they can develop a variety of property uses, such as manufacturing, research and development, office and limited retail. Brian Wilson, co-founder of Barrow Development Group, said that it aims to turn this property into an “asset with long-term value.”
He added that while it’s too early to decide on future projects for the site, it will work together with the city and the community in making these plans. Ford is continuing to demolish structures on a 45-acre portion of the site that it has retained, found on the corner of I-96 and Wixom Road. This falls under a different sales contract. It was in 1957 that the Wixom facility opened. Throughout the years, many vehicles such as the Lincoln Continental, Town Car, LS, Mark VI, VII and VIII, and the Ford Thunderbird and Ford GT were produced there. Production stopped at this plant in 2007.