On June 20, Macomb Township purchased Wade Nursery on the east side of Romeo Plank Road, north of 23 Mile Road. The garden center will close in the coming months after 55 years of business at the location.

On June 20, Macomb Township purchased Wade Nursery on the east side of Romeo Plank Road, north of 23 Mile Road. The garden center will close in the coming months after 55 years of business at the location.

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Macomb Township purchases Wade Nursery

‘This will be our last season’

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published July 9, 2019

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The soon-to-be former site of Wade Nursery has been bought by Macomb Township.

On June 20, the township purchased the nursery on the eastside of Romeo Plank Road, north of 23 Mile Road. The garden center is scheduled to close in the coming months after 55 years of business at the location.

“Customers that have been doing business with us for a long time have been coming in with well-wishes,” said Susan Peace, co-owner of Wade Nursery. “We’re very thankful to our customers and we’re going to miss them all.”

Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn announced the news at the June 26 Board of Trustees meeting. She said the $1.5 million purchase came from the township’s general fund.

“It consists of 18 acres of land and several buildings,” she said. “Property will be used for facilities and grounds equipment and there is the possibility of more sports fields.”

Dunn said the property had been in the Wade family for around 100 years.

“It came on the market and we knew this is absolutely what we need,” she said.

Currently, the Facilities and Grounds Department operates out of a one-car garage at Macomb Corners Park.

“It’s impossible to continue with that setup because we’ve added new employees in that department and they’re totally out of space, Dunn said.

She mentioned the department uses heavy-duty equipment like mowers, trailers and tractors, and needs space to store mulch and fertilizer.

When asked what will be removed or added to the property, Dunn said that is to be determined. Planning will begin once the area is vacated.

Another added value of the property is that it’s situated almost in the middle of the township.

“Wherever they have to go, whether it’s the southeast or northwest corner, they’re pretty much settled in the middle of the township, within three of four miles of anywhere,” she said.

At the June 26 meeting, Dunn said Macomb Township Parks Director Sal DiCaro has indicated that more sports fields are desperately needed in Macomb Township.

Another possible land use is for the Macomb Township Historical Commission to feature items in the old town hall, across from the home.

“Years ago, Mr. Wade bought the original town hall from 23 Mile and moved it to his property,” Dunn said. “It needs a lot of cleanup, but we intend to restore it as much as possible.”

Peace said the original building was moved in the 1970s.   

“We are happy the township will be getting town hall back,” she said. “It’s makes up happy that it’s back where it originated.”

She said as of now, there’s no set date of when the nursery will close.

“It was the right time to sell the business because my sister and I are ready to retire,” Peace said.

Her sister, Pam Ledesma, is a co-owner.

The seller of Wade Nursery has 120 days to vacate the property and to liquidate their inventory.   

Peace said this summer is the last season Wade’s will be open.

Dunn said the next step is for the facilities and grounds crew to contact the nursery about a possible auction sale to remove machinery. Peace said equipment and tools will be auctioned off. No date has been set for the auction.