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On-Site: Broccolini to redevelop sprawling site of former Ford plant outside London, Ont.

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.”

July 14, 2021  by David Kennedy

The 622-acre site has sat vacant for a decade. Grading and soil remediation is now underway. PHOTO: Broccolini

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.

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