On Tuesday, Holladay Properties hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of the Haskell Building, a 64,000 square foot multi-tenant speculative light industrial building that’s a part of the new AmeriPlex-Marquette business park being built in Michigan City.
This ideally placed building has been described as a ‘game changer’ by Holladay Properties’ VP of Development, Mike Micka.
“This city is doing a lot of amazing things right now,” said Micka. “There’s a nice vibe and this is a great location close to the interstate so that’s why we decided to make the investment here. We’re right off of Hwy. 20 and that’s a heavy haul route for trucks and it’s literally five minutes to Interstate 94 from this site. We feel like this will be a great place for light manufacturing and smaller subcontractors in industries like electrical, heating or air conditioning.”
The entire project has come to fruition through the efforts of Holladay Properties, the Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City (EDCMC), the Michigan City Redevelopment Commission, and the City of Michigan City.
“We got involved in the project a little over a year ago and it started off as a 15-acre development known as AmeriPlex-Marquette,” Micka said. “The first project was the Chrysler dealership just to the north that sits on about 7 acres and is now open for business. Then, we started the planning of the Haskell Building and what really spearheaded this project was the conversations with the EDCMC. A partnership with the Redevelopment Commission is also what really kicked this off.”
With the construction of the Haskell Building, Michigan City is poised to be able to offer tenants a high-quality facility which offers 24’ high ceilings, something that is not readily available to companies now.
“This is just a great project and we’re excited to have a shell building in Michigan City,” said Clarence Hulse, Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City. “We’ve kept the needs of the past in mind and we’re looking to fulfill the demand for buildings of this caliber here in the city. We’re excited about the type of companies that can call Michigan City home or to even help local businesses expand their operations into a facility like this.”
The Haskell Building will be able to accommodate up to eight individual tenants divided into 8,000 square feet each and is projected to facilitate 50-75 jobs.
“It takes leadership, hard work, teamwork, and respect for each other to get some good ideas put forward,” said Redevelopment Commission member, Don Babcock, when describing the project.
“Our collective, positive energies can make great things happen in this community and in Northwest Indiana. That’s exactly what is going on here. They (Holladay Properties) are known for their quality investment all over Indiana and they are top-shelf. It takes a team to pull things like this off. This is a big start to something phenomenal here,” Babcock added
Holladay, along with development corporations and commissions, is already fielding interest from existing companies which are looking to relocate to the new facility. The immediate interest is a clear sign of the recent and sustained growth that Michigan City is collecting working towards.
“I really want to thank Holladay Properties for this endeavor,” said Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer. “For so many years I’ve been hearing, ‘What’s going to go out at that Cleveland (Avenue) corridor?’ Now, we start to see what’s going to happen with this beautiful dealership and then the expansions that we’re talking about here today.”
“It seems like every week or every month now, those dreams of past administrations, councils, and mayors, as well as economic development and redevelopment commissions, are coming true more and more each year,” Meer added with enthusiasm. “This is going to be a tremendous endeavor for the City of Michigan City.”
To find out more about the Haskell Building and Michigan City’s newest business park, AmeriPlex-Marquette, go to: www.holladayproperties.com/.
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