North Central

Development in the North Central region is primarily clustered around the Great Lakes.

The largest projects are in the Chicago area, with other notable ones in Cleveland and parts of Michigan. These locations have an abundance of formerly industrial land available for reuse. What should be done with this land, therefore, is the subject of much debate – particularly in Chicago. The 78, so named because it will become the city’s 78th community area, sits on a site that was once a railyard. Lincoln Yards sits on a former steel yard, and there is a plan to build a new casino on a site that once housed the Chicago Tribune’s printing presses. In the city’s downtown, there are plans to convert office buildings into new apartments.

Other cities with available industrial land, like Detroit, have benefitted from efforts to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. This is mostly focused on manufacturing batteries for electric vehicles – primarily in Michigan so that they can be close to the state’s auto manufacturers. High interest rates have deflated private spending across the region, but institutional spending from higher education and professional sports teams remains strong. The area is also building data centers at a breakneck pace, as these can be built anywhere land is cheap and electricity and water are plentiful.

* Other structures include religious buildings, amusement, government communications, and public recreation projects.
Source: BuildMarket

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