Innovation Center

Contact: Colleen O'Toole at 989-288-3113 ext 106
Durand City Hall
215 W Clinton St
Durand, MI 48429

Durand Innovation Center

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The City of Durand is very interested in industrial development and we are excited about the prospect of new facilities coming to our community.

The City of Durand is located on Interstate 69 which is the primary east-west regional access to the area. The primary north south access to the area is Interstate 75 approximately 15 miles from Durand. Genesee County's Bishop International Airport is also approximately 15 miles from Durand. The City of Durand is a major hub for railroad activity with several main lines running through the city. The availability of most modes of transportation is a major asset to our community.

The Property
The Innovation Center is located on Durand Road just north of Lansing Road. The site is visible from I-69.

The site is currently serviced with electric and natural gas provided by Consumers Energy.

Water: In 1995 the City of Durand completed an upgrade to the municipal water system. The cost of this upgrade was $2.75 million. This upgrade included a new iron removal treatment plant, improvements to our existing wells, the addition of two new wells and a 500,000 gallon above ground storage tank. When added to the 400,000 gallon water tower, the City of Durand now has 900,000 gallons in storage capacity, more than adequate to serve our needs now and into the future. The water system now has a capacity to provide up to 1.5 million gallons of water per day. Our current usage is approximately 400,000 gallons per day, allowing plenty of room for growth and development in the city.

Sewer: The City of Durand operates a Waste Water Treatment Plant which has a current capacity of 800,000 gallons per day. The average daily usage is 400,000 gallons per day. This leaves us with an unused capacity of 400,000 gallons per day or approximately 50% availability for additional growth.

Economic Incentives
Depending on the nature of the project, capital investment and jobs created, the City of Durand may offer economic incentives which may include tax abatements of up to 50% for up to 12 years for personal and real property taxes. We would also work with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to provide job training grants and other assistance as available.

Education & Training
A few years ago the Durand Community Schools began a study of its facilities. Following the study the school district sought approval from the voters to proceed with the construction of a new Middle School along with the other recommendations. Construction on the new Middle School began in the spring of 1998 and the facility opened for the fall 1999 school year. Along with the new Middle School the voters also approved millages for maintenance and technology improvements. The Durand Area Schools are undergoing constant improvements both in facilities and curriculum.

In addition to the local school district, working and living in the City of Durand offers various opportunities for additional training and higher learning. Located within a 30 mile radius are several educational institutions that offer classes/training opportunities in vocations as well as traditional academics. These schools include Michigan State University (East Lansing), University of Michigan-Flint, Mott Community College (Flint), Lansing Community College (Lansing) and Baker College (Owosso).

Recreation & Community Activities:
In addition to school sports and extra-curricular activities, the Durand area offers many opportunities for recreational and community participation. The youth in our community can participate in bowling, soccer, baseball, football, dance lessons, karate lessons, after school activity hour at the elementary schools, summer youth program in the city parks as well as many other cultural experiences some of which are available through the Durand Branch of the Shiawassee District Library.

For adults in the community, educational and enrichment programs are available through the local school district. For those who are interested in the performing arts, the Shiawassee Community Players produce stage productions several times during the year. Recreational activities for adults include softball leagues, bowling and volleyball. The Durand area also has several public golf courses which offer men’s, women’s and coed leagues.

The Durand Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors many events throughout the year including Citizen of the Year, promotional events, annual golf outing, city wide sidewalk/garage sales, Concerts in the Park, End of Summer Cruisin’, Glowball Tournament (a night golf tournament), annual state of the city address as well as other membership services.
Other special events are sponsored by civic clubs/fraternal organizations such as the Rotary Club, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Masonic Lodge and other affiliated organizations, the various school organizations and the many other civic organizations that are available in our community.

As you can see the City of Durand has many opportunities and a high quality of life to offer any prospective industry.