Owner: Pyramid now in Switch’s possession

A birds-eye view of the former Steelcase pyramid in Gaines Township. (Jan. 8, 2016)


GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD)— A cloud data storage company planning to invest billions of dollars into West Michigan now has rights to the former Steelcase pyramid in southern Kent County.

That’s according to Norman Properties. The landowner told 24 Hour News 8 they turned over possession of the property to Switch on Jan. 1. However, Kent County records still list the property under Norman Properties’ name.

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Education Campus Investors is also laying claim to the parcel. In December, the group filed a notice with the county clerk, claiming they have rights to the property. Education Campus Investors is now suing Steelcase and corporate real estate agent Colliers International, saying their group had a $3 million sales agreement for the property before Norman Properties bought it.

A judge is expected to hear Norman Properties request to dismiss that lawsuit later this month.

Governor Snyder signed two bills designed to lure Switch to Gaines Township last month. The Nevada-based company hopes to be up and running in the pyramid late this year.

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