Ann Arbor Planning Commission Approves $ 57 Million Flex Tech Project

ANN ARBOR, MI – A $ 57 million project has moved one step closer to breaking ground after the Ann Arbor Planning Commission approved the project earlier this week.

The Ann Arbor Planning Commission unanimously approved the 130,000 square foot project at 3874 Research Park Drive at its regular October 5 meeting.

The approved facility will merge four existing locations of Sartorius Bioanalytical Instruments, a supplier of pharmaceutical and laboratory equipment. The German company currently employs 132 people at four locations across Washtenaw County. In addition to the consolidation of the existing locations, the facility will also create 160 jobs over the next three years, according to company representatives.

“The new facility will consolidate existing Washtenaw County operations to create a North American laboratory and bioprocess products and services center of excellence in Ann Arbor, focused on delivering innovative solutions to help customers develop drugs that heal, prevent and stop. disease progression, ”said Mary Lavin, President of Sartorius North America, earlier in a statement accompanying the announcement of the new facility.

The facility, which is currently scheduled to open in 2023, will house processing services, marketing, research and development, the instrument repair service and the Sartorius customer visit center, among other things

The center was originally designated as an unidentified “flex-tech” room by Portage Capital Partners, who confirmed on September 28th that Sartorius would be the company in that room.

The project also recently received a $ 1.2 million grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund, which helps attract companies like Sartorius to invest in the state.

According to a memorandum from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the city of Ann Arbor plans to apply to the Michigan Department of Transportation for road renovation funding and consider a brownfield TIF work plan and property tax reduction.

The project is now being submitted to Ann Arbor City Council for approval.

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