CCLBA seeking development partner for new Eastside Development project

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Calhoun County Land Bank hopes to have development plan in place later this year for former State Farm site in Marshall

MARSHALL, Mich. – The Calhoun County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA) today announced it is seeking a development partner to redevelop the former State Farm property at 410 East Drive in Marshall. The Land Bank formally released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Responses are due March 27.

“I want to thank our strategic partners, the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Economic Development Corporation, for helping us lay the foundation for this exciting project,” said Krista Trout-Edwards, executive director of the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority. “Together, we have worked tirelessly over the last several months to do our due diligence on this redevelopment project.”

The Land Bank is seeking a development partner to create a mix of housing types — such as duplexes and cottage-style homes — where the former State Farm headquarters once stood. The building was demolished in 2018 after sitting vacant for more than a decade.

The timeline for the RFQ is as follows:

  • January 22 – RFQ Opens
  • February 11 – Showcase Event for Interested Developers (attendees must register)
  • March 27 – Proposals Due
  • April – May – Evaluation Period
  • May – June – Finalize Terms of Agreement

“The MEDC is proud to support our certified Redevelopment Ready Communities across the state, such as the city of Marshall, as they seek to attract future investment for continued growth in the community,” said Michele Wildman, MEDC’s senior vice president of Community Development. “Our Redevelopment Services Team has been integral in the identification and promotion of these sites, and we look forward to continuing our support throughout the RFQ process.”

“We know the Marshall community is eager for this project to begin, and we appreciate their patience as we’ve worked to best position this site for success,” said Calhoun County Treasurer and Land Bank Board Chair Brian Wensauer. “Our hope is through this deliberate process we find the right developer to ensure a successful outcome.”

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The Calhoun County Land Bank Authority is a separate legal authority that collaborates closely with the Calhoun County Treasurer and local municipalities to eliminate blight, improve downtowns and promote local economic development.