Economic Development

The Economic Development department helps new businesses navigate the Township’s development process and to identify potential resources that are available to increase project feasibility.

  1. Anthony L. Jablonski

    Economic Development Director

    Economic Development Director Anthony JablonskiAnthony Jablonski joined Redford Township in 2022 as the Economic Development Director. In this role, Anthony focuses on supporting commercial, industrial and new residential projects within the Township. That includes new developments and expansion processes, alongside efforts for attraction and retention of business.

    Anthony came to Redford for the opportunity to join a dynamic, historic and progressive community. Previously, he’s worked in corporate real estate and management. That work included site selection, market strategy, site acquisition, lease negotiation and purchase and sale documentation. Through his past work, he’s gained experience in organizational management, budgeting, property management and property disposition.

    As director, Anthony also serves as the Township’s liaison to the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and the Redford Charter Township Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a liaison between the business community and Redford Township by providing guidance and support to existing businesses and communicating Township goals for the future.

Doing Business in Redford

Redford Charter Township is a business-friendly community desirous of attracting new entrepreneurs while supporting our established commercial / Industrial base.  

Redford Township’s strategic location and road corridors have contributed greatly to the success of retail and industrial development within the Township and offers attractive business investment opportunities, supported by a skilled labor force.

Redford Township's strategic location to start, expand, or relocate a business as it is less than 30-minutes from the automobile manufacturing hub in Dearborn, the business district of Downtown Detroit, an International Border to Canada, 22 Ports of call along the Detroit River and the Detroit Wayne County Metro/International Airport. In addition to several local business corridors, Redford Township boasts access to two major highways; M-102 and M-5, a Federal Highway, US-24, the I-96 Interstate, with the Norfolk Southern Railway that runs right along our industrial corridor for those that prefer train to truck.

Redford Township is easily accessible for business clients, consumers, and Michigan's skilled labor force to do business. Its business corridors extend East-West along Grand River Avenue, 6 Mile Road, 7 Mile Road, 5 Mile Road, Schoolcraft Road, Plymouth Road, West Chicago Road, and Joy Road, along with Interstate I-96 (which extends west to Lake Michigan, east to Detroit, and Canada). In addition, our North-South corridors include Inkster Road, Beech Daly Road, and Telegraph Road (US 24).

The Telegraph Road (US 24) corridor has seen numerous successful development projects in recent years. The area served by the I-96 and Telegraph Road corridors, has three major automobile dealerships Matick Chevrolet, Pat Milliken Ford, Snethkamp Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, and is home to Detroit Diesel Corporation, a manufacturer of diesel engines. 

The east/west business corridors of Plymouth Road (M14) and Grand River Ave. (US-96 Bus.) are experiencing an influx of recent activity, with the opening of new restaurants and business expansions, including significant capital improvement projects.  

In summary, Redford Township has a successful commercial and industrial economic base supported by a strong, highly skilled labor force, along with its Economic and Community Development programs.

If you are interested in starting a business or planning to develop property in Redford Township, there is a process to follow. The topics below provide information on the process.  

Site Committee
The Site Committee is the first step toward obtaining a certificate of occupancy. To obtain occupancy, re-occupancy or accessory use of existing commercial and industrial buildings; new building construction; additions, alterations; or special events/festivals. Applications are available at the Redford Township Building Department, 12200 Beech Daly Road, Redford, Michigan 48239. Click here to learn more.

Zoning identifies types/use of businesses allowed within a specific area within the Township by regulating and encouraging the proper use of land and natural resources and establishing zoning districts.

If a request for rezoning is needed, the business must obtain Planning Commission approval. 

Learn more about the process established by the zoning ordinance and view the schedule of regulations

 Planning Commission
The planning commission acts in a formal, advisory role, making recommendations to the local legislative body.  The zoning ordinance establishes regulations for the use of land and standards for development within identified zoning district boundaries.

The Planning Commission is the first step to request a rezoning. To learn more about this process, click here.

Anyone interested in starting a small business can visit the State of Michigan's Small Business Development Center to learn more about licensing, name availability and requirements.  Licenses for certain businesses can be obtained through the Redford Township Clerk's Office.