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Labor and Economic Opportunity

Michigan Land Bank seeks proposals for redevelopment of former Ionia correctional facility

Monday, June 10, 2019

Contact: Gabby Abel

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority has released a Request for Interest and Qualifications (RFI-Q) for redevelopment of the former Deerfield Correctional Facility in Ionia.

“This property has sat vacant for many years and we hope redevelopment of this site will breathe new life into the Ionia community,” Michigan Land Bank Interim Director Jeff Huntington said. “This request for qualifications and interest allows us to get a feel for what developers want to bring to the community – and allows local officials to consider what will work best for their community in the long run.”

The Deerfield Correctional Facility is approximately 47 acres in size and has sat vacant since its closure in 2009. Redevelopment of this parcel would put the property back on the tax roll and depending on the project chosen, could bring new jobs or housing opportunities to the community.

Questions from potential bidders must be received via email no later than June 24, at with the subject “Deerfield RFI-Q Questions.” Bidders must submit proposals electronically to by July 19 at noon.

To view the RFI-Q, visit