What Should Developers Do With the Former 47th District Court Property?

The old courthouse on 10 Mile Road is up for sale. Tell us what kind of development you think would fit in that area.

For almost 10 years, the former 47th District Court building has been sitting vacant on 10 Mile east of Farmington Road in Farmington. 

Last month, Farmington city council members authorized a contract with Thomas A. Duke Company to market the 14,000-square-foot building, while sits on a 3.87 acre site. The goal is to sell the property to a private developer, so we wondered what readers would like to see built on that site. 

Tell us your vision is for this property in a comment on this story. After you've shared your thoughts, check out the list of today's events on our calendar, plus events for which you'll have to register or buy tickets later in the week. 


  • Dubin Cleaners & Laundry Winter Warmth Campaign (all day)
  • Donate Shoes 4 BDF Cat Rescue Fundraiser (all day)
  • HealthQuest Helps HAVEN (all day)
  • Toastmasters International (9 a.m.)
  •  (6:30 p.m.)
  • Community for Spiritual Inquiry Meets (7 p.m.)

Look ahead

  • Farmington Community Chorus Holiday Concert - "Glad Tidings" (Friday and Saturday)
  • Farmington Players Holiday Musical Comedy: "The 1940s Radio Hour" (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Check our calendar for more activities, classes and events happening today and throughout the week. If your event isn't listed, feel free to add it.

Michael Ritenour December 12, 2012 at 06:11 PM
The area is not commercial and is currently surrounded by residential, school district buildings, and churches, so it probably would be difficult or impossible to put anything there other than office buildings or perhaps apartments or condos. BTW, Ms. Burstein, this is owned by the City of Farmington, not Farmington Public Schools. The two are completely separate entities.
Christine Koenig December 13, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Good points on everything you said! More than likely we will not see any thing that will be of interest to our family! I did forget to mention that we do like the Ram's Horn resturant on Orchard Lake, and Hercules but that still is not a whole lot to select from! Ohh well, after what you pointed out, highly doubt there will be any kind of eatery to consider!!! Darn....=\
Tracy Freeman December 13, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Redevelop the entire area west of Raphael between 10 Mile Road and Shiawassee. Move the school-bus lot and administration building. Residential to the north transitioning into a 500-1000 theater venue where the Farmington Public Schools administration building currently sits. This would create a tie-in to the downtown area and provide a cultural/entertainment venue for concerts, plays and other stage events. Shiawassee Road and Shiawassee Park might be modified a bit. Cafe and other gathering spots within this general area too. Dream big!
Sue Burstein December 13, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I get who owns it...just noting who is selling it for them.
Cheryl Shah January 18, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Back when Wooddale was closed, I wrote a proposal to use the building as a therapy/work/educational center for people with autism who've aged out of public school services, but for whom neither independent living with assistance, nor full-time residential care, are appropriate. I spent quite a bit of time looking into services that were available at that time. All I found anywhere in SE Michigan was at one of those two ends of the continuum and nothing in the middle, which was the intent of my proposal. If that gap in available services still exists, then I would like to see this property used for that. The problem then, of course, was lack of funding.


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