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After improvements, part of West Eleven office park heads to auction

About a year after the former Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan buildings in Southfield came under new ownership following a contentious court battle, part of what is now known as the West Eleven Office Park is heading to auction.

The auction for 27350 W. 11 Mile Rd. runs from 1 p.m. Nov. 16 to 1 p.m. Nov. 18 with a starting bid of $1.35 million for the 159,200-square-foot vacant building.

At one point, the building was “shuttered by debtors” and “unfit for occupancy,” court filings in Oakland County by Southfield-based brokerage house Farbman Group said last year.

The building is one of four that I wrote about in November stemming from a series of mind-boggling lawsuits between Canadian investors targeting each other in Oakland County and federal court, with allegations ranging from fraud to implications of one party in a double murder in Toronto.

You can read the story here, but the long and short of it is that the ownership group let the four-building complex deteriorate, leaving behind tens of millions in unpaid bills and mortgages because they were broke, and then Farmington Hills-based Friedman Real Estate bought the properties out of receivership.

A mortgage company based in California foreclosed on the loan, and Friedman Real Estate paid $22.9 million for the note via sheriff’s deed in May 2019, according to Oakland County land records.

Jared Friedman, director of opportunities for Friedman Real Estate, told me this morning that the plan was always to sell the Tower 300 building because it sits on its own parcel and makes for a good redevelopment opportunity.

“We put a lot of time, money and effort into fixing up those buildings, fixing elevators, HVAC systems, upgrading parking lots,” Friedman said.

The two tenants in the complex are Federal Mogul Corp. (now Tenneco),

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