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Detroit City Council approves land deal for Fiat Chrysler plant

Detroit City Council approves land deal for Fiat Chrysler plant


05/21/2019



DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit City Council approved a proposed land swap deal for a Fiat Chrysler plant on Tuesday afternoon during the regular hearing. The plan passed by a 6-3 vote.

Earlier this month, the city announced it had acquired 25 acres of land that would be necessary for FCA to build the $1.6 billion plant. They had to work out a deal with DTE Energy, the Great Lakes Water Authroity, Hantz Farms and Crown Enterprises, as well as the owners of several smaller parcels of land.


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Detroit spent $107.6 million to acquire the necessary land, as well as land swaps using 155 acres of city and Detroit Land Bank authority property. Mayor Duggan says they traded many vacant city owned plots of land with other land owners to achieve a large section of the property.

The cost will be split between the city and the State of Michigan, with Detroit responsible $50.6 million. That will be funded by uncommitted City of Detroit bond funds, a loan to the Detroit Browfield Redevelopment Authority and $7.1 million from the sale of the Millennium Garage. If the city does not recoup it’s approx. $57.4 million dollar land investment in 30 years, FCA has agreed to reimburse the city.

Detroit has also asked for $57 million in grants and loans from the state of site preparation.

As part of this development deal, there is a significant community benefits agreement. FCA has agreed to create a training program at the local high school and community college. There will be a grant program established for homeowners living in the impacted area. FCA has agreed to prioritize the people who live in the zip code where the new plant is built for internships, training programs and hiring. Anyone living in the city of Detroit will be prioritized next.

Mayor Duggan says other land deals with suppliers will follow near the FCA Mack plant.

The City Council must still approve the deal and the land deals must be approved by the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, which will tranfer the properties to Fiat Chrysler. If approved, construction is expected to begin in the second quarter. FCA says the plant will be open by 2022 at the latest and they aim to start the training programs in 2019.

Mayor Duggan says the council has played a big part is assembling and helping to negotiate this deal and he is confident they will approve it.

Fiat Chrysler announced plans to open the new factory in February, provided they were able to obtain the land on which to build it.

The new assembly plant will be built on Mack and St. Jean. This will be the first new assembly plant to be built in Detroit in almost three decades, and will be a $1.6 billion investment. It is expected to bring 5,000 jobs to the city.

In total, the company is investing $4.5 billion into the new plant and five existing Michigan plants, and will create 6,500 new jobs in the metro Detroit area.
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FCA Statement Regarding Michigan and Detroit Investment


FCA Statement Regarding Michigan and Detroit Investment



May 21, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - “Thanks to the strong support of Governor Whitmer, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and city of Detroit, I am pleased to confirm that plans to invest in our Jefferson North Assembly Plant and build a new state-of-the-art assembly plant in Detroit have been given the green light. At FCA, we are continuing to build a secure future, not only for our Company but also for the communities in which we operate. This investment enables us to deliver on this promise in the state and city we call home.”

Mark Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, FCA - North America

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FCA expands its Detroit footprint

FCA expands its Detroit footprint as the only automaker assembling vehicles in the city


Construction is underway at the Mack Avenue Engine Complex.

FCA is currently the only automaker to have an automotive assembly plant located entirely within the city limits of Detroit and the Company is increasing that commitment with a $2.5 billion investment – and adding nearly 5,000 new jobs – to enhance and expand its footprint in the city.

The investment will convert the existing Mack Avenue Engine Complex into an assembly site, and retool and modernize the Jefferson North plant to increase capacity to meet growing demand for Jeep® vehicles.

The Objects in the Mirror blog and FCA corporate social media sites are providing background on the Detroit project, construction updates and coverage of FCA’s commitment to the city with posts every Wednesday.

Our first post took a look back at the events that led to FCA’s realignment of its U.S. manufacturing base to increase production capacity of its core SUVs and trucks.

Today’s post takes a deeper look at the company’s investment that will bring the first new assembly plant to the city of Detroit in nearly three decades.



A birds-eye view of construction at the
Mack Avenue Engine Complex.


With an investment of $1.6 billion, FCA is converting the two plants that comprise the Mack Avenue Engine Complex into the future assembly site for an all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV and the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, along with their plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models. The Company will add 3,850 new jobs to support production.

Construction has already begun on the plant, with the first three-row vehicles expected to roll off the line by the end of 2020, followed by the all-new Grand Cherokee in the first half of 2021.


A rendering of the new Mack Avenue Assembly Complex when completed.

FCA is also investing $900 million to retool and modernize the Jefferson North Assembly Plant. The plant, which was the last new assembly plant built in the city in 1991, will build the Dodge Durango and next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. FCA expects to create 1,100 new jobs at Jefferson North.

As construction crews work on these plants, city residents can continue to pre-register to apply for one of the new FCA jobs in Detroit.

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Billion dollar Fiat Chrysler assembly plant adding 4,900 jobs to Detroit

Billion dollar Fiat Chrysler assembly plant adding 4,900 jobs to Detroit

Aug 11, 2019


DETROIT (AP) - (08/11/19)-Thousands of Detroit residents are using a city program to apply for jobs at a $1.6 billion Fiat Chrysler assembly plant coming to the city.

The automaker is giving residents an exclusive 30-day window to apply for about 4,900 mostly production jobs anticipated at the plant and another nearby Fiat Chrysler facility as part of a $108 million land development deal with the city.

The city and state are splitting land acquisition and preparation costs to secure the plant.

For Detroit, the deal is a job-creation opportunity.

The city's unemployment rate is more than twice the national average.

The jobs start at just over $17 per hour. More than 24,000 residents have created Detroit at Work accounts and registered for job readiness events tied to the openings.



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First steel beam placed at site of new Fiat Chrysler Mack Avenue plant



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The first new steel has gone up at the future Fiat Chrysler Mack Avenue plant in Detroit. The multi-million dollar project promises to have new cars rolling off the assembly line by the end of 2020.

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FCA extends 3rd shift at Ontario minivan plant until year-end



FCA Canada has extended the life of the third shift at its minivan plant in Windsor, Ont., according to a Facebook post by the union representing employees there.

In a notice to its members posted to the site, Unifor Local 444 says its executives met with senior FCA officials Wednesday afternoon and were told the shift will run “until at least the end of 2019.”

The union didn’t say why the automaker extended the life of the third shift. FCA had originally said the shift would be eliminated Sept. 30 but then extended the shift until Oct. 21 to “accommodate a large order.”


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“This is not a final solution,” Unifor’s online statement reads, “but every one of these extensions provides us more opportunities to work with the company to get a final resolve that maintains our third shift and current workforce for the future.”

FCA Canada said it was preparing a public statement.

"We've just got to keep plucking away as we keep meeting with the company and the federal government," Unifor President Jerry Dias told Automotive News Canada on Wednesday.

FCA in March said it would end the third shift at the Windsor plant amid sluggish North American sales for the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans it builds. The third shift’s end would put about 1,500 of 6,000 workers at the plant out of a job.
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