Breaking new ground


Northville Park Place aims to bring new businesses jobs

By Kenneth Porter
Staff Writer

The second phase of construction has recently begun on Northville Township’s ambitious commercial development venture, Northville Park Place. The project, resting on more than 100 acres of land, is expected to introduce dozens of new businesses and entertainment options for area residents following its expected completion in January 2015. Schoolcraft students and faculty can get a look at the construction site, located on the corner of Seven Mile and Haggerty, on their way to the college’s main campus.

Photo by Nathan Gartner, Photo Editor.

The land, formerly the home of the now-closed Northville Psychiatric Hospital, sat unused for nearly a decade before it was purchased in 2008 under a joint-venture between contracting firms Schostak Bros. & Co. Inc. and REI Investment Group Inc.

“Phase One” of the team’s massive development project involved building the University of Michigan’s Northville Health Center, a fully operational hospital focused on specialty care.

In June, the two firms broke ground on “Phase Two,” which will involve bringing dozens of new businesses and franchises to Northville. The location will soon become a prime location for shopping and entertainment for residents from all over Metro Detroit.

“Northville Park Place is positioned as a prominent and scenic new retail destination, designed to energize the community and serve as a valuable civic resource and a popular social hub,” said Schostak Bros & Co’s CEO David Schostak, speaking to “Offering first-class amenities, as well as fantastic retail, restaurants and mixed-use options, Northville Park Place is the connecting link along the flourishing Haggerty Corridor between 6 and 8 Mile roads.”

Photo by Nathan Gartner, Photo Editor.

The barren area adjacent to Schoolcraft’s main campus will be unrecognizable come January. According to Schostak’s website, the redesigned Park Place will feature “many amenities, including water ponds with floating fountains, an elevated waterfall, walkable paths, a gathering area and outdoor seating throughout the property,” as well as “a wide variety of perennials, ornamental grasses and flower features.]Several popular restaurants and businesses have already committed to opening up a show in Northville Park Place, including local, Michigan-based restaurants such as Granite City Food & Brewery, Rusty Bucket and BurgerFi, along with larger national chains such as Sherwin Williams, Chipotle and Jimmy John’s.

“I’m very glad that they’re building a Chipotle across the street from Schoolcraft,” said Howard Young, Schoolcraft College sports science major. “I love that restaurant, and I’m glad that they’re bringing one so close to home.”

Students and faculty can look forward to new places to eat and shop right across the street from Schoolcraft in the winter semester.