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Sale of former 47th District Court property falls through

Farmington, MI. (November 2, 2016) — Earlier this week, Developer Roger Scherr, with SDC Ventures, LLC informed the City of Farmington administration that SDC will not continue with its plan to purchase the former 47th District Courthouse property from the city. The property is located on the south side of Ten Mile Road, east of Farmington Road.

In May, the Farmington City Council approved the sale of the former courthouse property to SDC Ventures, LLC for $420,000. The plan was for 14 single-family homes and included the demolition of the existing structures on the property. The council also approved a later request from the developer that would have allowed submission of an alternative plan for up to 19 attached condominium units.

According to the city’s real estate broker, SDC Ventures said it determined not to go through with the purchase of the city’s property because it had been unable to secure rights to the adjacent 10 acres of land, currently owned by the Farmington Public Schools, which it had sought in order to undertake a larger development.

“It was my expectation that the neighboring school property would become available in a timely manner to combine the two properties in the site plan approval process,” stated Sherr in a letter to Farmington Economic and Community Development Director Kevin Christiansen.

The old 47th District Courthouse Property has been vacant for just over 13 years. The City of Farmington owns the property and has been marketing/selling it for the past four years. The Thomas A. Duke Company has been brokering the property on behalf of the City of Farmington and will continue to do so. “While this is disappointing news, we are confident that the sale of the courthouse property will be in the near future,” said Farmington City Manager David Murphy. “There was quite a bit of interest in the property when we put it out for bid last spring and we continue to experience positive periods of economic growth for Farmington and in the overall US economy.”




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