Contour Cos., of Bloomfield Hills, is purchasing the former Northland Center with plans to redevelop the property. The redevelopment plan includes apartments, retail shops, restaurants, offices and green space.

Contour Cos., of Bloomfield Hills, is purchasing the former Northland Center with plans to redevelop the property. The redevelopment plan includes apartments, retail shops, restaurants, offices and green space.

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Southfield City Council approves purchase agreement for former Northland Center

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published November 20, 2020

 The purchase will be completed in January of 2021, with construction and demolition beginning in the spring of 2021. The company purchased the property for $11,093,000.

The purchase will be completed in January of 2021, with construction and demolition beginning in the spring of 2021. The company purchased the property for $11,093,000.

Image provided by the city of Southfield

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SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield City Council has approved a purchase agreement with Contour Companies of Bloomfield Hills for the majority of the former Northland Center property.

The company purchased the property for $11,093,000 and has proposed a redevelopment plan that includes apartments, retail shops, restaurants, offices and green space.

According to a press release, Contour plans to save the original five retail pads and former mall as well as the underground tunnels and Hudson’s building.

Contour is assuming the cost of demolishing the JC Penney’s building, later mall additions and the 1974 enclosure of the free-standing structures.

“Following the purchase of Northland in 2015, the city held several ‘Imagine the Possibilities’ public input meetings with the community to share their ideas and input for the future of the former mall site,” Mayor Ken Siver said in a press release. “The city held strong to that community vision for four years with little developer interest. Contour not only supports the city’s vision, they actually plan to exceed it. Further, Contour believes in adaptive reuse of existing structures.”

The city purchased the Northland Center back in 2015 in hopes of eventually selling to a qualified developer.

Councilman Lloyd Crews said the city purchased Northland to control the destiny of the property. The city wanted to ensure the land was going to be put to good use.

“We turned away factories, light manufacturing, medical marijuana, big box retail, warehouses and logistics centers, and held out for development that would grow our tax base and population,” Crews said in a press release. “This redevelopment will provide our community and residents something that we can all enjoy and be proud of for years to come. I truly believe that this mixed-use redevelopment will also serve as a model for other communities across the country.”

The Southfield City Council has approved a master plan for the 114-acre redevelopment that has clear standards and vision for the developers.

According to the release, planning consultants were used to examine building structures, environmental factors and market analysis to determine the best possible development for the former mall.

Contour is now in a 90-day due diligence period before the sale is finalized. The sale is expected to be completed in January of 2021, with construction and demolition beginning in the spring of 2021.

“The redevelopment of Northland will transform the property into a lively new urban center while respecting and reinforcing the history of the site, as well as its unique midcentury modern design,” Contour Cos. COO David Dedvukaj said in a press release.

Siver is excited to see what Contour can do with the redevelopment project and believes it will have a positive impact on the community.

“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Contour Companies on the redevelopment of the former Northland Center,” Siver said in a release. “This is a local company that believes in Southfield and wants to be in Southfield. We are also looking to the state of Michigan for economic development incentives as this major project which covers 97 acres in the center of southeastern Michigan will be a major economic driver for the entire region.”

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