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PROC sale reversal, video

by David Zatz on

The sale of the 1927 Kelvinator plant, which successively became the headquarters of American Motors and then Chrysler’s Jeep/Truck Engineering until it was sold in 2009, has been reversed.

The former plant had been sold at auction for $600 plus, depending on reports, $160,000 or $232,000 in taxes.

In 2010 it was sold for $2 million to “Plymouth Road One,” run by James George of Clinton Township. Two years later, the Plymouth Road One corporation sold it to Detroit resident Terry Williams, a demolition man with a mixed reputation, who is now in prison for illegal weapons possession and handling asbestos at the Plymouth Road complex improperly. Williams had claimed to have purchased the building for making it a school for autistic children, but he immediately set about messily gutting the complex for scrap metals, destroying it in the process. Windows are broken or missing, doors open or missing, and security nonexistent, as can be seen in the above video.

The sale is being contested by Williams, who claims that the foreclosure, due to nonpayment of taxes, was done improperly.

The winner of the sale was Nicholas Casab, whose father reportedly once had a holding in the former Packard plant. For more, see the Freep article (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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