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Ford breaks ground on retail development, office space for 600 workers

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Posted at 5:50 AM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 11:45:24-04

The groundbreaking for a unique urban development took place in Dearborn Wednesday morning.

Ford is investing $60 million to revive a portion of the city. Plans call for the redevelopment of two-blocks of mostly vacant buildings that will be turned into new retail space and office space for about 600 ford employees.

Today's event took place at the "Wagner Place." That hotel has been empty for close to a decade.

Dearborn Mayor John B. O'Reilly, Jr. and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder attended the groundbreaking.

“Developing an urban office environment positions Ford to offer a work setting that will appeal to a new generation of employees,” said Dave Dubensky - Ford Land Chairman and CEO. “Wagner Place supports our goals to create a more collaborative and inviting campus atmosphere for all employees.”

Governor Rick Snyder attended the groundbreaking and is excited for what is to come. 

“Ford’s continued investment in our state and in attracting talented people to its workforce is a great testament to the company’s belief in Michigan’s future,” said Gov. Snyder. “Recruiting and keeping talent that we need to continue Michigan’s global leadership in mobility will be further enhanced by projects like Wagner Place. Dearborn is an awesome city with so much to offer and so much more to come, just like the state of Michigan.”