OCC Invests in Southfield DDA with Property Purchase

northplazaThe 17-story North Park Plaza along 9 Mile Road in the Southfield DDA was purchased in March by Oakland Community College (OCC) for $2.5 million.

Located west of OCC’s current Southfield campus, North Park Plaza includes 296,000 square feet of space. Built in 1972 and renovated seven years ago, the building had been empty for the past couple of years.

It is unknown at this time how OCC will use the property, or if and when the college will build on the 11.5-acre site. The purchase does allow OCC, the state’s largest community college with 27,000 students across Michigan and more than 4,600 in Southfield, to expand its imprint on the Southfield DDA region further as needed in the future.

This April OCC also finalized the purchase of five acres of land near the building from the city of Southfield and the Southfield DDA for $2.2 million to expand the campus. The land was the site of a Ramada Inn , an 18-story, 253,000 square foot hotel that closed several years ago before demolition began last August.