Wyoming benefiting from large development boom

9:27 PM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
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WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- An old General Motors factory site at the juncture of Clay Avenue and 36th Street SW is starting to find new life.

It's going to mean more jobs for the city and it's far from the only positive economic development in Wyoming.

For decades, thousands of workers went through the plant gates at the old GM Metal Stamping Plant. The sprawling complex closed in 2009 and now weeds are the only things being produced. But not for long.

After years of marketing, the huge land parcel now known as Site 36 is getting its first new industrial tenant.

Kendall Electric will consolidate two of its Grand Rapids facilities in the site, bringing 95 jobs to Wyoming. Another, second tenant is expected to be announced later this fall.

"We feel very good about how the site has progressed and how quickly we've seen interest in the site," said Wyoming City Manager Curtis Holt.

The City of Wyoming is also feeling very good about other investments in the city, up 500 percent over last year. Construction is underway on many major projects; Gordon Foods is spending $12 million on its new freezer plant off of 50th Street.

Walmart's new store is a $10 million investment, and the biggest addition is the new $28 million Veterans Hospital in Metro Health Village.

Wyoming is still working on finding new uses for some older properties. An effort called 28 West hopes to redevelop the Studio 28 and Klingman's sites.

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