The City of Jonesville and the Jonesville Downtown Development Authority are inviting you to an open house on Wednesday, October 6th between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the former Klein Tool building located at the corner of Chicago Street and Water Street.
The City and DDA are entertaining proposals for reuse or redevelopment of this Downtown Riverfront property. You can find details about the Request for Proposals and information about the building elsewhere on this page.
The property presents a unique development opportunity. The property has frontage on the St. Joseph River. It also fronts Chicago Street (US-12), which had an average of 11,866 vehicles travelling past the site every day in 2020.
The building is a 68,500 square foot former factory. The original building was built in 1945, with several additions over the years. It was occupied by Vaco products from 1945 until 1986 and by Klein Tools from 1986 until 2008. Both companies manufactured hand tools. The City and the DDA purchased the building in 2010.
There is extensive data on the website regarding environmental conditions on the property, including a Due Care Compliance Plan that was completed in 2019 through a grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). The Plan includes additional subsurface tests, as well as indoor air sample results. The City has previously worked closely with EGLE staff for environmental evaluations; EGLE has advised that they will consider grant and loan proposals for qualifying developments.
We hope that you can join us on the 6th between 4:00 and 6:00. If you know of others that might be interested in the open house and this redevelopment opportunity, please feel free to pass this information along to them.
Please Note: Visitors to the building will encounter conditions typical of a former factory. All are required to sign a Release of Liability prior to entry.