Ypsilanti Township — A historic World War II bomber factory has moved a step closer to becoming a testing site for driverless cars.
Willow Run, which also was a General Motors powertrain plant, has been bought by developers of the proposed American Center for Mobility for $1.2 million, announced Michigan officials.
The long-anticipated purchase allows American Center for Mobility to proceed with plans to turn the 335-acre site in Ypsilanti Township into a state-of-the-art testing facility for automated vehicles.
The center has already finalized conceptual plan designs and hopes to begin construction later this year, according to state officials. The company anticipates opening for business in December 2017.