July 29, 2014

After seven years, the Mount Pleasant SmartZone District, formerly known as the Center for Applied Research and Technology, on Central Michigan University’s campus is seeing new development. A renewed focus in the district will expand opportunities to generate investment and create jobs in the community.

The most recent development is led by Phil Seybert, owner of P.S. Equities. Seybert has developed the vacant Mount Pleasant Industrial Development Corporation shell building at 221 Ellis Place for use by Charter Communications.

“This development opens the floodgates of opportunity,” said Seybert. “For the right prospect, the SmartZone offers many synergistic benefits, including a team all pushing the project in the same direction.”

Many hands contributed to the project including the city of Mount Pleasant, Central Michigan University, Mercantile Bank, Middle Michigan Development Corporation, and CMURC.

“Supporting Phil (Seybert) on this project was rewarding as it is the first of many,” said President and CEO of CMURC Erin O’Brien. “We are excited to start laying the foundation for new opportunities in the district.”

About the Mount Pleasant SmartZone District:
The SmartZone District is 300 acres of Central Michigan University land primed for commercial development. The close proximity to the university and partnership with the city of Mount Pleasant provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to interface with business professionals working in their interrelated fields, and to provide additional facilities for carrying on research and development. The SmartZone also provides a unique, energetic, and fast-paced environment ideal for successful entrepreneurs and businesses.