There is exciting news in Fort Gratiot as a large commercial space that has been empty since 2018 has a new owner. The space was first occupied by Hudson’s, then Marshall Field’s, and most recently, Macy’s, which left Birchwood Mall last year. The nearly 103,000 square foot space is listed as a new acquisition of the Lionheart investment group’s Out of the Box Ventures of Miami, Florida, who paid over a half million dollars for the property. The investor owns similar commercial properties throughout the country. While its ownership has changed, the future is still in question. No definite plans have been made. Fort Gratiot Community Development Coordinator, Sharon Wilton, told us that she spoke with the owner, Out of the Box Ventures. The Township is looking forward to working with them and potential developers on an approved use for the building. Out of the Box had a variety of options in mind which all fit into Fort Gratiot’s Master Plan. According to the township’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan, the need for indoor recreation opportunities have been identified, including a year-round sports complex. The Master Plan also identifies the growing senior citizen population in the area and the need for indoor entertainment. The possibilities are broad and there is no end to the speculation as to the future of the former Macy’s space, but at this time it is all speculation and guessing. Out of the Box Ventures is in communication with Fort Gratiot officials and is gauging the needs of the community, with the intent to capitalize on its investment in the future. We will keep you posted as we learn more about the plans for this big piece of Birchwood Mall.