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Oct 08

Unveiling the Project Phoenix Facility

Posted to County News by Jennifer Ambrose

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Transformation. Prosperity. Growth. 

For months, Lenawee County has kept you updated on Project Phoenix: a proposed county facility in Tecumseh that will turn the unused and blighted former Tecumseh Products site into a beautiful community space that improves the quality of life for Lenawee County residents, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. 

Today we are thrilled to unveil the name of the facility: The Lenawee Community Complex. 

The Lenawee Community Complex is a proposed facility for Lenawee County that will serve the needs of the community, bring economic opportunity to our county, and improve the lives of Lenawee County residents. 

So Much More Than A Sports Complex 


While the Lenawee Community Complex will have indoor and outdoor sports facilities, it is most importantly a multi-use facility for community use. Proposed features include:

  • A full-scale commercial kitchen for the Department of Aging to prepare meals for senior centers and Meals on Wheels, which currently provides nearly 1,000 home-delivered meals for residents across the county 
  • Home to the Tecumseh Senior Center
  • Leased retail and professional space for businesses
  • Opportunities for nonprofit and community organizations to use facilities for programs and services 
  • Outdoor walking paths that connect to the Kiwanis Trail
  • An indoor track as well as indoor walking paths for community use 

The Lenawee Community Complex will increase the number of programs and services the community can provide by offering an accessible public space. 

Every Season Is Sports Season 


With many exciting indoor and outdoor features for athletes, the Lenawee Community Complex will become a destination for travel sports teams and tournaments. It will also offer a practice location so local club teams can form and young athletes in Lenawee County can become elite competitors in their sports without having to move or travel long distances for training. A facility like this simply does not currently exist in our area. 

 The Lenawee Community Complex is proposed to include indoor and outdoor sports facilities including:

  • 5 regulation turf fields for soccer, football, and lacrosse 
  • 4 baseball or softball diamonds
  • 8 indoor basketball courts convertible to 16 volleyball courts
  • 8-lane indoor 200-meter track 
  • Indoor baseball and softball pitching and hitting alleys
  • Indoor turf infield for baseball and softball
  • Regulation indoor turf field for soccer, football, and lacrosse
  • Golf academy 

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The sports tourism industry is huge. Sports complexes are a travel destination for sports teams to compete in single-game or tournament competitions. Competitive sports teams- youth, young adult, and adult- travel constantly to compete against new teams and in tournaments. By providing an elite destination for sports competitions and tournaments, teams from the Detroit area, Northern Ohio areas, and Midwestern Michigan areas will undoubtedly travel to the Lenawee Community Complex, bringing out-of-town visitors to local restaurants, hotels, and small businesses all year round and driving Lenawee County’s economic growth to new heights. 

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Outstanding Impacts to Lenawee County 


First and foremost, it’s important to know that there will be no increase in your taxes to fund the building, maintenance, or operation of the Lenawee Community Complex. This project will be funded by several funding sources including: state and federal funds, municipal funding, county funding, and private and public investment. If you are an organization that would like to donate in support of the Lenawee Community Complex, please contact Kim Murphy

Lenawee County has demonstrated its mastery of program and facility management through the success and growth of local human service organizations and offices already thriving in our community. Lenawee County leaders have already conducted market research and analysis to ensure the Lenawee Community Complex will bring positive change, opportunities, and growth to our community. 

The Lenawee Community Complex has the opportunity to be a spark to ignite growth in Lenawee County, bringing new businesses to the area, creating 200 more jobs, and increasing the amount of money visitors will spend in Lenawee County. 

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On October 20, 2021, the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners will be voting on whether to proceed with this project. If you have questions, please visit the Lenawee County website for more information, pictures, and frequently asked questions. And if you’d like to see this proposed project become a reality, please contact your County Administrator or Board of Commissioners whose information can be found here.

Oct 25

Landfills

Posted to Solid Waste / Recycling by Rebecca Borton

Michigan is truly a unique and wonderful state, and we are fortunate to live in such a beautiful area; but when was the last time you thought about where your trash goes? 

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