Parkway Plaza, located on Groesbeck Highway, just north of Metropolitan Parkway, in Clinton Township, was recently sold to a local developer for more than $2 million.

Parkway Plaza, located on Groesbeck Highway, just north of Metropolitan Parkway, in Clinton Township, was recently sold to a local developer for more than $2 million.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Parkway Plaza sold via auction for more than $2 million

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published November 23, 2018

 It is unclear what changes will take place within the plaza, cited as a visual scar for years by local residents.

It is unclear what changes will take place within the plaza, cited as a visual scar for years by local residents.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Often deemed an eyesore, Parkway Plaza may soon be receiving a physical facelift.

On Nov. 15, the Clinton Township Supervisor’s Office issued a press release stating that the plaza, located on Groesbeck Highway just north of Metropolitan Parkway, was sold to an auction bidder for a price exceeding $2 million.

The purchaser of the 12.7-acre complex — which currently has just two tenants — is Jim George, of the same family who donated George George Memorial Park to the township about a decade ago.

Township Supervisor Bob Cannon said the open auction occurred between Nov. 5 and 7. Three total bidders made financial pushes for the property. Cannon would not relay who the other two bidders were, only saying that they are “well-known people” in the community.

Jim George’s father, George, gave the township George George Park “lock, stock and barrel,” Cannon said, with every swing, slide, lawn mower, blade of grass and tree donated for the betterment of the community. All the family asked for at the time was naming rights and to add any future amenities if necessary.

“They gave us one fabulous gift,” Cannon said. “I’m hoping (the Parkway Plaza purchase is) the second fabulous gift we’ll get from the George family.”

The Groesbeck corridor has been an area of concern for township officials for years, with businesses coming in and out. In recent months, the township had enlisted the aid of Macomb County to provide digital mapping to encourage new businesses to call the corridor home.

Parkway Plaza has been a noted point of concern due to its location, which offers about 151,000 square feet of retail space and presents a marketing advantage for future tenants.

Many commenters on Facebook were elated at the news. Some suggested that a new grocery store go into the spot.

Cannon said the shopping center is slated to close in early December, with George actively seeking associates and future tenants. In terms of redevelopment in the form of new signage, parking lot repairs and building repairs, that is yet to be determined.

“I have never seen Mr. George do anything without doing it first class,” he said, adding that he has personally met with numerous local businessmen regarding future Groesbeck-related projects.