New Spaces, Hometown Faces

 Douglas J to serve as anchor tenant in downtown Okemos development 

OKEMOS, Mich – Douglas J. will serve as the anchor tenant for a new development on the corner of Hamilton and Okemos Roads. The partnership with local developer Will Randle of True North Development marks a more than $100 million investment in Meridian Township and downtown Okemos. 

This first building of the development, located at 2138 Hamilton Road, will be the beginning of the reinvention and reinvigoration of the key commercial district including the site of the former Traveler’s Club and Tuba Museum and the blocks bordered by Hamilton Road, Okemos Road, Clinton Street and Ardmore Avenue. 

"Getting to this point took a lot of patience and finding the right partners, and we’ve found that in Will and his team, and the hard work of Meridian Township to set out a Master Plan for downtown Okemos where this could happen," said Scott Weaver, president and owner of the Douglas J Aveda Institutes and Salons. 

The township received significant counsel from commercial realtors, land owners, business owners and developers to guide the Master Plan, including renowned and award-winning 

planner Robert Gibbs, who helped to re-envision thriving downtowns including Charleston and Grand Rapids. 

“Our goal is to ensure this first development is the starting point for a downtown Okemos that is attainable, sustainable and positive for Meridian Township and its residents,” said Randle. 

To further ensure an intentional and well-researched plan, the project team kicks off a two-day work session to identify building footprint possibilities and work on design options to capture the character of the new building. Landscape architecture firm Gibbs Planning Group, the architecture team instrumental in Northville’s downtown redevelopment, a team of civil engineers, Township planning staff and the development team are coming together on Thursday and Friday for the session. The project will be designed in collaboration with Douglas J to meet its unique needs as well as explore different commercial and residential options that meet the market’s needs. 

This project is the first interpretation of the Meridian Township Master Plan, which was the result of a multiyear feedback and planning process. For downtown Okemos, public and local business feedback on the project will begin late summer to give people the opportunity to engage with design options and weigh-in on potential uses. 

The project team could start site work and environmental cleanup as early as fall 2018 and start construction as early as spring 2019. 

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