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City of Farmington sells the Maxfield Training Center to Robertson Brothers Homes

The City of Farmington sold the former Maxfield Training Center (MTC), located at 33000 Thomas Street in downtown Farmington, to residential developer Robertson Brothers this past week.

The site will become Hillside Townes, a single-family attached residential condominium development consisting of seven 3-story buildings that will have 53 living units. A ribbon park (pedestrian promenade) is also planned to connect the site to Grand River Avenue and the adjacent Riley Park; it will extend through the site to provide enhanced access to the Shiawassee Park staircase. The property is located in the heart of Downtown Farmington and is expected to be a key part of Farmington’s growing vitality.

 “I’m thrilled to see this signature project finally becoming a reality, and I’m grateful for the persistence and determination of both the administration and multiple city councils, as well as the developer, to see that this transformational project launches,” said Farmington Mayor Joe LaRussa.

“The redevelopment of the MTC not only brings more housing to our community, but will also enhance our vibrant downtown with the new promenade park and the connection to Shiawassee Park.  This connectivity is vital to the future of Downtown Farmington and will bring more opportunities to engage residents and visitors.”

According to Farmington City Manager David Murphy, the primary objective of this project is to redevelop the longstanding and obsolete MTC site to meet today’s community goals by bringing vibrancy and more living opportunities into the downtown. The MTC building itself is in disrepair and will be demolished.

“The City has been working on this project for more than five years,” said Murphy. “So much tedious and detailed work has gone into this development. I’d like to recognize retired Building and Planning Director Kevin Christiansen for his dedication to this project, along with City Attorney Tom Schultz of Rosati, Schultz, Joppich & Amtsbuechler, P.C.; Eric Helzer of Advanced Redevelopment Solutions (ARS); City Engineers OHM Advisors; the City Council; and the City Administration.”

The City of Farmington and Farmington Public Schools entered into a purchase and sale agreement in 2019, under which the City agreed to buy the roughly 3-acre MTC property and the portion of Shiawassee Park that was owned by the schools (the westernmost end of the park) but leased by the City for use as parkland. The final purchase price was $690,000. The City retained the existing parkland area and began the process of finding a developer for the site at the top of the hill, eventually entering into an agreement with Robertson Brothers in 2021.




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