Romulus Distribution Center

36511 Ecorse Road

Romulus, MI 48174









159 acres are net developable






Light Industrial


Property Description

The Romulus Distribution Center site is 287.5 acres of mostly vacant and undeveloped land intended for industrial development. The site is rail accessible and is located close to I-275, I-94, Willow Run Airport, Detroit Metro Airport, and a large, skilled talent pool.

In 2023, the site underwent a comprehensive due diligence review through the VIP program, including a detailed site condition analysis, comprehensive information on utility providers and capacity, and a comprehensive report on site details (full report in the document library below).

Zoning and Land Use

Zoning: M1 – Light Industrial; R1A – Single Family Residential. The industrial development is planned to be contained within the portion of the property that is already zoned M-1.

Current Land Use: The smallest three parcels listed were used for single family residential. The fourth parcel listed is vacant, undeveloped land. The fifth parcel listed is undeveloped and is a former landfill that was most recently used to store and move pallets. The sixth parcel is undeveloped and was partially used for a landfill.

Future Land Use: Industrial development

Site Conditions

Greenfield or Brownfield: Brownfield

Above ground structures:

  • Two single family homes, a barn, a shed, and a detatched garage
  • Overhead electrical lines

Floodplain: Yes, a small portion of Zone AE, 100 year floodplain, is located along the northwestern edge of the property boundary that extends to Ecorse Road. There is a small portion of a 500-year floodplain in the same area.

Wetlands: Most of wetlands are within a conservation easement. Those not within the conservation easements  range in size of approximately 0.5 to 4.8 acres, and total approximately 13.5 acres.

Topographic Elevation: Site elevations generally stay between 665 feet and 675 feet above sea level

Soil Types:

  • Landfill material = soils with foreign debris, including “steel, rubber, plastic, glass, cinders, brick, asphalt, and wood.”
  • Cap material = clay soils overlaying landfill soils with limited to no foreign material


  • Five conservation easements of approximately 118.12 acres
  • DTE overhead electric easements
  • Easements for the Post and Vealy Drains

T&E Species: The property is located in Region 3 (Midwest) of the US Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened and Endangered Species Listings

Archaeological & Cultural Resources: The EDR NEPASearch Map Report did not identify any listings within a one-mile radius of the subject site


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Provider: DTE Energy

Current Service: The property currently has multiple locations of potential points of connection to provide service

Assumed Demand: 10 MW 3-phase electric

Recommendations: Additional capacity could be needed for a heavy user. Compare the development demand needs with the available supply as early as possible in the project development process.


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Natural Gas

Provider: DTE Energy

Current Service: Utility data was requested from DTE Energy and the company has been unable to provide a status update

Assumed Demand: 17 peak MCFH

Recommendations: Verify the development demand and available supply in the conceptual phase or as early as possible in the project development timeline


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Provider: City of Romulus Department of Public Works; Great Lakes Water Authority

Current Service: 12″ water mains along Ecorse Road and Wick Road

Assumed Demand: 150,000 GPD

Recommendations: Coordinate with the city during the engineering design phase for exact location and requirements for making a connection to public water main

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Provider: City of Romulus Department of Public Works

Current Service: 12″ sanitary sewer along Ecorse Road

Assumed Demand: 100,000 GPD

Recommendations: Verify the capacity is available with the City of Romulus at the time of planning the development

Workforce Data

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Proximity to Highways

Site access on Ecorse Road

2 miles to I-275

2 miles to I-94

Proximity to Rail

Class I, CSX railroad is adjacent to the site

Potential for an onsite spur

2 miles to CSX Wayne railyard

Proximity to Airports

4.5 mile to Detroit Metro Airport (Romulus, MI)

6.5 miles to Willow Run Airport (Ypsilanti, MI)

Document Library

Tier-1 Site Due Diligence Report

Site Maps

Demographic & Business Data

Workforce Profile

Marketing Flyer

Regional Overview

Site Contacts

Site Contact

Kevin Hegg

Ashley Capital


Phone: (734) 637-7394

Program Contact

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Shannon Selby

Vice President of Real Estate