MONTREAL – Montreal’s Broccolini recently announced it has bought 622 acres of land in Southwold, Ont. south of London.
The property was previously home to the Ford St. Thomas assembly plant, which closed its doors in 2011. Specific uses have yet to be confirmed, a July 8 release stated, but Broccolini has begun preparatory work, including grading and soil decontamination, to prepare the land for redevelopment.
Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek noted in the release he worked with various municipal partners to obtain the provincial approvals in environment, transportation and energy in order to see the deal finalized.
“We are honoured and excited to take stewardship of this iconic industrial land, which for many decades was home to one of the largest automotive assembly plants in the country. Broccolini intends to renew the area’s legacy by redeveloping these lands and introducing new uses that reflect the modern industrial real estate landscape,” stated James Beach, Broccolini’s vice-president of real estate development, in a statement.