Riverfront Conservancy Buys Gannett Plant Property in Detroit

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By: E&P Staff

Gannett Co. Inc. has found a buyer for the Riverfront production plant that was closed in 2005, when all printing and distribution of the Detroit Newspaper Partnership’s jointly operated Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, owned by MediaNews Group, moved to the newer and enlarged Sterling Heights plant.

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is adding the 22-acre parcel to its planned 5-mile-long “bridge-to-bridge” Detroit River redevelopment, according to a column by Tom Walsh in yesterday’s Free Press. The site, fronting more than 2,000 feet along the river, sits between the Cobo Center and Ambassador Bridge to Windsor, Ontario.

With backers in the public, for-profit and nonprofit sectors, the development calls for extending the recreational RiverWalk. The Gannett property adds to the west end of the planned public space. Most of the eastern end has been acquired.

The conservancy late last month signed an agreement to buy the land, where it plans to raze the printing plant, built for the Free Press in 1979, in order to provide public green space. Terms of the sale, expected to close in late spring after environmental and legal reviews, were not disclosed.

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