City officials recently reissued a request for qualified developers for the EverCentre property, located on the corner of Evergreen Road and Civic Center Drive. Officials said they’re looking for a developer to make the space a mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly destination.

City officials recently reissued a request for qualified developers for the EverCentre property, located on the corner of Evergreen Road and Civic Center Drive. Officials said they’re looking for a developer to make the space a mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly destination.

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Southfield considers purchase agreement with EverCentre developer

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 16, 2019

 Previously, the property housed office buildings that dated back to the 1960s, but it was recently demolished.

Previously, the property housed office buildings that dated back to the 1960s, but it was recently demolished.

File photo by Deb Jacques

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SOUTHFIELD — A local development company has its eye on the EverCentre property.

At a June 24 meeting, the City Council voted 4-1 to enter into a purchase agreement with Beztak Properties for a commercial and residential development on a portion of the property, located at the corner of Evergreen Road and Civic Center Drive.

Councilman Donald Fracassi voted against the proposal. Councilman Myron Frasier and Councilwoman Tawnya Morris were not at the meeting.

In October, city officials announced that they had reissued a request for qualifications for qualified developers for the vacant, 8.15-acre EverCentre property.

Officials said previously that they are looking to develop a centrally located, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development on the lot, which is across from the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road, and is within the Southfield City Centre, a mixed-use district.

According to a rough map in City Council documents, Beztak is planning a mix of townhomes, apartments and commercial developments for the property.

Mayor Ken Siver said the EverCentre district is in dire need of residential development.

“We need housing in the City Centre. We have all of this retail and food on Evergreen Road, but we need to have more people on the street. We’re trying to have a more walkable city — a place where people will want to congregate,” he said. “You need more housing so people will get out of their homes and walk the street. Foot traffic is very important.”

As of the meeting, the council has 60 days to negotiate the agreement, at which point it will be brought back to the council for approval.

Fracassi said he voted no because he doesn’t think Beztak’s plan is up to snuff.

“Years and years and years of planning have gone into that corner piece. It’s one of the most prominent corners in the city, and the plan that is suggested to be put there is not in keeping with all the reports that we’ve received up to date.”

City Community Relations Director Michael Manion said in a previous news release that the goal of the redevelopment is to not only attract and retain professionals, but also to create a sense of place and to spur economic development.

Previously, the property housed office buildings that dated back to the 1960s, Siver said in a prior report. About seven years ago, he said, the owner of the property decided to tear down the buildings due to issues with standing water and mold.

In 2013, city officials decided to purchase the property for $3 million with money from the economic development fund.

Developing the EverCentre is part of a bigger-picture vision of redeveloping Evergreen Road into more of a downtown area, Siver said previously.

Redevelopment began June 26, 2014, on a $12.1 million project that officials said would change the face of the city. Crews totally reconstructed 1.1 miles of Evergreen Road, between Northwestern Highway and 11 Mile Road.

Officials said the project would turn Evergreen into a pedestrian- and bike-friendly corridor. Two roundabouts and stormwater management systems were also implemented.

A representative for Beztak declined to comment on the agreement.

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