By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Ford Motor Co. hosted a community meeting to provide residents with information and updates regarding construction on its developing Research and Engineering campus.
During the July 19 meeting at the Ford Motor Co. Conference and Events Center, 1151 Village Road, Ford Land project managers and representatives displayed renderings and maps showcasing the current and future changes to the campus.
Updates on the campus project highlighted the continuous construction on Ford’s research and engineering campus; landscaping at the new Maintenance and Operations building; interior work at the parking deck site next to the Maintenance and Operations building and temporary fencing near Elmdale Street as a safety precaution.
Construction also has begun on a ring road across from the maintenance and operations building on Carroll Shelby Way, which should be completed by the fall. There will be four retention basins created near the ring road and Maintenance and Operations building to help with flooding and storm water retention.
The parking deck plans have lighting control sensors that will dim lighting in the drive areas and stairwells will remain lit for pedestrian safety.
A fence was placed at Thomas Edison Park on Elmdale for construction safety which took away part of the park’s grass and trees.
Residents living across the street attended the meeting where they questioned the fence placement and length and voiced other concerns they had.
Some of the concerns were about Edison park landscaping, lighting, parking deck motion sensors, storm water retention and traffic flow near Edsel Ford High School.
The community meeting was put together by City Councilman David Bazzy after residents weren’t sure about what the plans Ford had for the area.
“I met with Ford Land about two months ago and we visited the construction site,” he said. “There was some delay to put on this meeting, but it was important for residents to get the information and ask the questions they wanted.”
Ford’s Research and Engineering campus construction is part of Ford’s 10-year, $1.2 billion redevelopment plan to relocate 30,000 employees from 70 buildings into two campuses. Employees will work in the renovated World Headquarters campus and a new product campus once construction is complete in 2026.
Residents with questions can call 313-390-8090 or email [email protected] Information is also provided on www.corporate.ford.com/company/community/dearborn-campus-transformation-.html.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])