- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Plans are moving forward to turn a former small auto parts plant in southern Michigan into a culinary, recreation and tourist destination.

Daniel Ross, owner and developer of Old Irish Mill in Brooklyn, tells the Jackson Citizen Patriot that he hopes to have the project complete in 2017. Ross and his wife bought the property in 2014 and says the development could cost up to $8 million.

Plans include restaurants, a farmers market, ice cream shop, microbrewery, skating rink and a bakery.

The Daily Telegram of Adrian reports the project will seek historic tax credits.

Auto industry pioneer Henry Ford commissioned the plant to be built in 1938. The Ford Motor Co. plant closed in 1967 but was reopened as Jackson Gear and produced truck gears for about 20 years.

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