Summit Mall Transforming to Oakland County Business Center

Approximately one million square feet of redevelopment potential renamed and repurposed

February 05, 2019

DETROIT, Feb 5, 2019 — Existing structures consisting of approximately 1.5 million square feet of the former Summit Place Mall, located in the middle of Oakland County, Mich., will be demolished beginning this April to make way for up to one million square feet of new development at the now renamed Oakland County Business Center (OCBC). Incentives for the property include 10-year tax abatements and opportunity zone status.

OCBC is being developed by ARi-El Enterprises, Inc. with JLL serving as the leasing team led by Managing Directors Larry Emmons and A.J. Weiner.

“The beauty of OCBC is the flexibility,” said Emmons. “There is ample room for build-to-suit sites for businesses in need of research and development, corporate offices, warehouses or flex-type space. Companies moving in have the opportunity to customize sites and buildings in a location where development ready infrastructure is in place.”

Oakland County historically has been a hub for the auto industry and is quickly becoming known as the technology hub of southeast Michigan.

"OCBC offers one of the largest, development ready, parcels in the region,” shares Weiner. "The property is zoned for a wide variety of potential uses (commercial, industrial, high tech, retail lodging and office), providing future occupiers the opportunity to create their own, newly constructed, unique business environment at the OCBC."

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About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. In doing so, we will build a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.3 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 90,000 as of December 31, 2018. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit

About ARi-El

Ari-El has been in the real estate investment and development business for over 40 years, specializing in the redevelopment of in-fill locations within the Michigan market. A sample of

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