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Former AMC/Jeep/Dodge Truck headquarters for sale, $500

by David Zatz on

Detroit News reported that the former headquarters of American Motors (AMC), later referred to as “Plymouth Road Office Complex” and used by Jeep/Truck Engineering, is being auctioned by Wayne County, with bidding set to start at $500 — plus the tax bill.

The 1927 facility, still beautiful on the outside but badly damaged inside from its former owner, has 1.4 million square feet of interior space. Cerberus closed down the one-time Kelvinator plant in 2009, moving a thousand employees to the CTC.

The tax bill for the summer alone was $160,631, due when the property is won. It is the county’s largest auction.  If “PROC” is not won by a legitimate bidder, it will be given to the city and may, though this is unlikely, become part of the “land bank,” with the existing structures demolished.

The property was purchased by Terry Williams, described by some as a disreputable businessman, through a third party.  2013 reports claimed he was stripping the facility of metals and valuables, leaving devastation in his wake. [See Allpar’s story on the complex.] Thanks, Marc Rozman.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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