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Dawda Mann Represents City of Southfield in Redevelopment Plans for Northland Mall Site

Dawda Mann acted as Brownfield Counsel for the City of Southfield, which received approval from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) for an Act 381 Work Plan to assist in redeveloping the former Northland Mall on July 27, 2021. This is one of the largest approvals granted by the MSF.

Dawda Mann’s Neil Silver, who has extensive experience in brownfield redevelopment, directly assisted in creatively using multiple funding sources enabling the City of Southfield and the developer to bridge a financial gap created for the proposed $402 million project.

Silver, representing the city, drafted and negotiated the Brownfield Redevelopment Reimbursement Agreement, and details how, and under what circumstances, the developer and the city, will be able to receive reimbursement of the incremental taxes generated through the eligible activities undertaken at the site, as well as to protect the city and the state of Michigan’s investment in the project. He also assisted the city with other key components of the transaction.

The Developer, Northland City Center, LLC, intends to construct a mixed-use development of approximately 1,300 apartment units along Greenfield Road; the first floor will comprise approximately 145,000 sq. feet retail space on the 97-acre site. Additionally, the former iconic shopping mall, which was the first of its kind in the nation, plans to be restored to its original appearance, featuring approximately 530,000 square feet of retail, food, and entertainment venues.

The improvements to be reimbursed include public infrastructure, demolition, environmental remediation and asbestos removal. Anticipated construction will commence later this summer or early Fall 2021, and will be completed in phases over the next six years.