Request for Qualifications
Lenawee County, Michigan, is seeking Statements of Qualifications from independent consultants or consulting firms for grant writing and administration related to projects identified as priorities for the development of the Lenawee Community Complex, also known as Project Phoenix.
DUE DATE: December 6, 2021
Lenawee County, Michigan, is seeking Statements of Qualifications from architectural and engineering consulting firms for preliminary building design, site planning, project scoping, and project costing which will culminate in development of a detailed Request for Proposals (RFP) for construction management firms.
DUE DATE: December 20, 2021
What is Project Phoenix?
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.
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.
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.
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
If you would like to sign-up for project updates, please sign-up for updates.
- Will the soil contamination on this site be an issue? What is being done to make the site safe for children to use?
- What is being proposed in the facility? How many courts and fields? What size? What about ice rinks or a pool?
- Why is this being built in Tecumseh? Was Adrian ever a consideration? What about the Adrian Mall? Why is it not centrally located in the county?
- Who is going to benefit financially from this project?
- Will the new facility take away revenue from existing facilities in Lenawee County?
- Do we have the hotels, eating establishments, and other entertainment infrastructure to support this type of development in Lenawee County?
- Do we have enough local sports teams to support this facility? Do we have the youth population to support this type of facility?
- How will Tecumseh attract teams from outside of Lenawee County to come to tournaments in Lenawee County? Why would they travel from Detroit or Ann Arbor to Lenawee County?