Project Phoenix


Project Phoenix Update 6/8/22

The presentation below was presented twice this week.  Once, on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 5 PM and then today on June 8, 2022 at 1:30 PM at the scheduled Lenawee County Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Recording of June 6, 2022 Presentation:

Project Phoenix Update 5/11/22

Today, the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners held a Q & A Session with our environmental partners and SFC on Project Phoenix.

Materials referenced during the environmental discussion are available here.

Project Phoenix Update 5/10/22

Today, the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners was given an update on Project Phoenix from Sports Facilities Companies (SFC) during their scheduled Personnel /Ways and Means Committee Meeting.

SFC Feasibility Presentation

Project Phoenix Update 4/13/22

Today, the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners was given an update on Project Phoenix from the Lenawee County Administration and Sports Facilities Companies (SFC).  

SFC is a project partner that has been collaborating on Project Phoenix since early this year. For 19 years and in more than 2,000 communities, SFC has been a leading force in the growth of sports tourism in America. They manage over 30 venues around the country, including many in rural destinations similar to Lenawee County.  

SFC Firm Overview 

SFC Network Portfolio 

SFC has been thoroughly researching the financial feasibility of Project Phoenix. They evaluated the types of activities that could be included at the site from a granular level and will allow the County to assess costs when building out the Lenawee Community Complex. SFC was given the following priorities from the project team to consider in their research: 

  1. The complex should be financially self-sustaining. It should not be a drain on County finances or be a burden to taxpayers.
  2. The complex should create positive social and mental health benefits to Lenawee County that will have significant social impact.
  3. The complex should make Lenawee County a more attractive place to live for prospective residents, reducing the trends in population decline.
  4. The complex should provide access to residents for sports, recreation, wellness, community, and civic activities.
  5. The complex should drive significant economic impact by becoming a regional destination for sports and events in order to benefit Lenawee municipalities and businesses financially. 

Today, SFC presented their findings to the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners. They offered two potential models for consideration, one large and one small. The larger 211,000 sq ft model, which includes an indoor turf field and a family entertainment center, has projected hard construction costs of just under $51 million. The smaller 130,000 sq ft model does not include the indoor turf space and family entertainment center and reduces the size of the outdoor diamond flex fields to 300 ft. The projected hard construction costs of the second model is approximately $35 million. 

SFC created pro formas for each proposed model and presented their respective potential revenues and economic impact. 

Pro Forma – Large Model 

Pro Forma – Small Model


SFC additionally shared real-life examples of the impact this type of complex has had on other communities. 

SFC Case Studies 

Lenawee County Administrator Kim Murphy then gave an update from the Administrator’s Office to the Board of Commissioners on project funding and an update on the project timeline for this year.  

The Project Phoenix team has been primarily focused on raising funds for the most immediate phases – Environmental and Construction. The team has identified about $54 million in non-county funding available for these phases, and more funding opportunities are discovered daily. To date, the team has applied for about $29 million in project funding.  

Project Funding Update – Non-County Sources 

Murphy then shared a high-level timeline for the remainder of 2022, highlighting major milestones and decisions that will come before the board. 

Project Timeline Overview – 2021-2022 

Murphy concluded by requesting the Commissioners to review all the data they were presented with today and to contact her office with any questions that they may have in order to make informed decisions regarding the future of this project. 

What is Project Phoenix?lenawee_community_complex_logo_color

Project Phoenix is a proposed county facility that will house local, recreational, and business activities. Its collaborative development will drive significant economic activity into Lenawee County, enhancing the quality of life for residents, and developing a blighted property in our county.

The name of the proposed facility will be The Lenawee Community Complex. Serving the needs of the entire county, it will be a multi-use facility in addition to the indoor and outdoor sports courts and fields. Read more about it here in our blog

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Where Will The Proposed Complex Be Located?

The Lenawee County Board of Commissioners has purchased the former Tecumseh Products site for the proposed complex.

While many potential project sites have been brainstormed over the years, this site became desirable for a number of reasons. One, there are several state grants available to develop this site in particular. Two, this site will allow us to draw from more populated areas of the state, with a closer proximity to Washtenaw County and Metro Detroit.


Why Phoenix?

As these meetings progress, the concept of “The Phoenix” has emerged when referring to this project. The bird from Greek mythology is a creature who rose out of the ashes and transformed from death into life.

To rise like a phoenix from the ashes means to emerge from a catastrophe stronger, smarter, and more powerful. What a beautiful image this creates for this project on this site in our county. To take this land that has been destroyed, sitting unused, and blighted in our county and turning it into a more powerful economic driver is inspiring.


Will the proposed project drive economic development and opportunity in Lenawee County?

Yes, the market and economic analysis indicates that the proposed project will create jobs and pour additional money into Lenawee County each year.

Is there a demand for this type of facility in Lenawee County?

Yes, the market and economic analysis indicates that our region has a solid base of sports participants and there is moderate demand for the proposed new complex. 


What’s Next?

The Lenawee County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase on the Tecumseh Products property at their October 20, 2021 meeting.

The project will now move forward to the next stages of development which include site cleanup, construction estimates and bids, and grant procurement.  Lenawee County will also be seeking additional business, organization, and private investment into this community project.

How Can I Get Involved

If you would like to get involved in this project as a project partner or investor, please contact Kim Murphy 

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