TITLE

The One-Stop Philanthropist's Shop

AUTHOR(S)
Kosnae, Erin
PUB. DATE
August 2005
SOURCE
Planning;Aug/Sep2005, Vol. 71 Issue 8, p34
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on Jim Acheson, founder of the land development company in Michigan, Acheson Ventures. Through Acheson Ventures, Acheson is orchestrating a 77-acre redevelopment project along the St. Clair River on the south side of Port Huron. Desmond Landing aims to bring residential, commercial, and recreational development to an old railroad area east of Military Street between the Black River and Seaway Terminal. When completed, Desmond Landing will totally reshape the area, much of which was used for a rail ferry operation, rail-switching yard, and scrap yard. Officials at Acheson Ventures never have put a price tag on Desmond Landing, but the firm has spent millions to acquire land. In 1999, Jim Acheson bought 31 acres of land from the Canadian National Railroad. Part of the property had been used for a railroad ferry operation and part as a scrap yard. Initially, Acheson planned to clean up the polluted parts of the Canadian National land and sell some of it to St. Clair County for a recreation area, while using the test for housing or small businesses. But a change of plans was announced in 2001 after more than 50 public meetings and much discussion with city officials.
ACCESSION #
18021347

 

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