A former ADP office and data center site in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is up for auction.

Colliers and Ten-X are offering the A2 West Technical Center in Scio Township outside Ann Arbor. The auction is due to start in mid-October with a starting bid of $1.6 million.

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– Colliers via LoopNet

Set on 5.74 acres at 175-217 Jackson Plaza, the vacant site comprises two connected buildings totaling 109,324 sq ft (10,156 sqm) on a flex office campus.

Originally built in the late 1970s, the site is described as a “rare opportunity to revitalize an infrastructure-heavy light industrial/research facility.”

The site was previously owned and operated by payroll and HR firm Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), before it was bought by real estate firm Eyde Co. in a sale-leaseback deal.

The building "features a heavy electrical infrastructure of three-phase 480-volt power with both a 2000 and 4000kVA transformer on-site,” the posting notes. “In particular, the 480-volt power is very valuable and sought after by tech sectors, including electric vehicle development and testing, as well as life sciences, and biotech organizations.”

Colliers said most of the two-story office section has already been demolished, offering its next user “an open canvas” to create a custom work environment, while the northern section has extensive light industrial and R&D infrastructure in place.

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– Colliers via LoopNet

The real estate firm said the site would be an opportunity as an office, R&D site, or climate-controlled self-storage.

ADP can trace its roots back to 1949. The Ann Arbor site opened in 2003, joining a facility in Elk Grove, Illinois, as one of the company’s main hosting facilities. The company exited the site in 2017.

ADP’s 2021/202 sustainability report notes the company has decommissioned 24 data center facilities since 2015 and planned to rationalize another four through to 2022. The report noted the Elk Grove site – opened in 1996 – was still in use.

Eyde Co. acquired the Ann Arbor site from ADP in 2010 for a reported $5.5 million, with the payroll company leased to the site for a further five years at the time. Eyde tapped Avison Young to handle leasing and management of the site in 2020.