DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler didn’t have to look far when it began considering where to build its next assembly plant.
A short walk from its Jefferson North plant in Detroit is 200 acres (80 hectares) of land the company is eyeing as part of a $1.6 billion investment to convert its Mack Avenue Engine Complex into a new facility.
Decades of residential flight, disinvestment and abandonment have left the Motor City with stretches of available real estate.
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Detroit is now working with Fiat Chrysler to secure the land it needs. Some is home to an old power plant. Another section holds a tree-planting operation.
Much of the land has been secured. The Detroit City Council is expected to discuss the city’s land acquisition plan on Monday.
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