Broccolini to redevelop sprawling site of former Ford plant outside London, Ont.
By David KennedyConstruction Industrial
The site of a former Ford Motor Co. manufacturing plant, where thousands of Crown Vics and Lincoln Town Cars once rolled off the line, has been snapped up by developer and construction firm Broccolini.
The Quebec-based company said July 8 it has purchased the 622 acres of land in Southwold, Ont. — just outside London — and is drawing up plans to redevelop it. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Built in the late ’60s, the Ford Saint Thomas Assembly Plant closed its doors in 2011. A solar installation was proposed for the site in the interim, but the clean energy project never came to fruition.
James Beach, Broccolini’s vice-president of Real Estate Development, said the company plans to redevelopment the industrial site by “introducing new uses that reflect the modern industrial real estate landscape.” Currently several hundred thousand square metres of crumbling concrete, the former plant sits on Hwy. 4, just south of Hwy. 401.
“This will bring significant and sustained employment opportunities back to the Township of Southwold and Elgin County,” Beach said in a release.
Broccolini’s leading role in several Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment centre projects in both Ontario and Quebec have fuelled recent speculation the U.S. online retail giant is eying the site for its latest hub.
“Specific uses” for the land have yet to be confirmed, Broccolini said July 8. Nevertheless, the company has begun early work on-site. Grading and soil decontamination activities are ongoing “to ensure the land is prepared for immediate redevelopment.”