Construction Officially Begins on Wagner Place

Ford celebrates groundbreaking of Wagner Place, a unique urban environment offering new retail and restaurant options as well as office space for 600 Ford employees

Ford celebrates groundbreaking of Wagner Place, a unique urban environment offering new retail and restaurant options as well as office space for 600 Ford employees.

The construction of Wagner Place officially began with a groundbreaking celebration on May 3, 2017. Scheduled to be complete in Summer 2018, Wagner Place will transform two blocks of vacant buildings into a unique mixed-use urban space with new retail and restaurant options, complemented by new green space, outdoor seating and enhanced walkability.

Governor Rick Snyder; Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.; Ford Land Chairman and CEO Dave Dubensky; ‎Ford Land Director of Sales, Leasing and Development Doug Van Noord; State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud and many others were in attendance for the ceremonial groundbreaking.

Ford will invest $60 million into the renovated space, comprised of an 150,000-square-foot development, certified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and resource-efficient with water and energy conservation features. The project received $3 million in support from the Michigan Strategic Fund and the City of Dearborn will construct a 373-spot parking structure at West Village Drive and Monroe Street. The development will welcome approximately 600 Ford global data insights and analytics employees. the City and WDDDA will be undertaking with making Michigan Avenue and connector street for a more walkable and bike-able destination.

The design will maintain a piece of Dearborn’s rich history with a restored façade of the 120-year-old former Wagner Hotel and its iconic turret.

The name Wagner Place honors the legacy of Anthony and Charles Wagner, a father and son, who built the Wagner Hotel in 1896. Historic photos show the Wagner name in brickwork on the building’s façade. The building has housed many businesses throughout the years, including Dearborn’s post office, and its unique turret has become a landmark in the community.

A prominent Dearborn family, the Wagners owned a brick yard on Monroe a few blocks south of Michigan Avenue. Ford Motor Company purchased the site from Wagner in 1913 and built the Ford Engineering Laboratory. The clay mines became spring-fed ponds, one of which remains today. Ford completed an extensive renovation of the FEL building in 2014 and moved nearly a thousand employees into the facility.