Thursday, July 28 • 9 am to 3 pm
Thursday, August 4 • 9 am to 3 pm
Check-in at the Airport Operations Building, 125 Ave G, Gwinn, to meet with auction company staff and review documentation on the properties.
Other Times by Appointment
Former Air Force Base Transitioning to High-Tech Industrial Park and Commercial Airport
Shortly after the start of the Korean War in 1950, the Department of Defense designed and authorized the Corps of Engineers to construct as quickly as possible an array of 28 advanced radar stations, one of which was the nearby Calumet Air Force Station. K. I. Sawyer was one of several Air Force bases that were built to scramble fighters to intercept suspected threats. It’s located in the upper peninsula of Michigan just south of Marquette. Later in 1959, the Sault Sainte Marie Air Defense Sector was established and built/operated the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) Data Center at Sawyer to provide early warning for a Soviet nuclear attack. The base operated for nearly 40 years and closed in 1995.
Click here for more information on the base.
Click here to visit the K. I. Sawyer Heritage Air Museum website.
K. I. Sawyer Airport was named after a civil engineer, Kenneth Ingalls Sawyer, who saw the need for aviation to help the Upper Peninsula mining industry expand in the 1930s. Construction of the airport was completed in 1945. The U.S. government signed a 99 year lease in January 1955 and construction of military support facilities at K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base began.
K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base is now decommissioned. Today Sawyer International Airport occupies a portion of the base and encompasses 2,100 Acres, has a 9,070’ x 150’ runway, air traffic control tower, service for commercial and private aviation, precision approach navigational system, 1,220+ raw acres of land for development, & 1 million square feet of office/storage space for lease.
The airport is the most active in the Upper Peninsula with 101,991 passengers in 2021. It is located approximately 15 minutes from downtown Marquette, the regional capital of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Delta and American Airlines have multiple daily flights to Sawyer from Chicago and Detroit. There are several international companies that call Sawyer home like PotlatchDeltic, Adler Lumber, Superior Extrusion, National Carbon Technologies, Argonics Inc., Able Medical Devices, M.J. VanDamme, Inc., and Envoy Air.
SBA HUBZone Qualified
New Market Tax Credits Qualified
Lake Superior Community Partnership is Marquette County’s leading resource for economic development
MANNER OF SALE: The majority of the K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base surplus properties are owned by Mango Investments, Inc./Telkite Enterprises. The auction being conducted by Maas Companies will consist of 14 different properties: a former SAGE Data Center building, former hospital, former movie theater, several former dormitory facilities, a former motel, former office building, former restaurant/officers club and several bare tracts of development land.
Telkite Technology Park Surplus Property Auction Presentation.
Property 1: Building 708, SAGE Bldg.
130,000 Sq. Ft., 6± acres
Property 2: Parcel E-24, 77.99± Acres Bare Land, located on M-553, west of runway
Property 3: Building 850, Former Hospital
119,588 Sq. Ft., 19.37± acres
Property 4: Buildings 830, 831, 832, 833, 835, 836, 837, Lower Dormitories
139,611 Sq. Ft., 23.1± acres
Property 5: Parcel E-22, 221.84± Acres Bare Land
Property 6: Tailwinds Bar/Restaurant, Former Red Fox Inn, Dormitories, Residences
Property 7: Buildings 810/811, South Upper Dormitory Buildings
23,178 Sq. Ft., 4.1± acres
Property 8: Buildings 814/815, North Upper Dormitory Buildings
25,084 Sq. Ft., 4.7± acres
Property 9: Parcel B14-M, 73.72± Acres Bare Land
Property 10: Building 812, Former Admin. Bldg.
9,562 Sq. Ft., 1.16± acres
Property 11: Parcel B1-D, 10.82± Acres Bare Land, located east of Lower Dorms Parking Lots
Property 12: Building 813, Old Post Office
10,641 Sq. Ft., 2.4± acres
Property 13: Building 819, Old Movie Theater
5,810 Sq. Ft., 1.6± acres
Property 14: Parcel C-52, 6.38± Acres Bare Land, NE of Sidewinder/Fortress St. Intersection (behind homes)
AUCTION SUMMARY: The auction will be conducted via Sealed Bid with a bid deadline of Wednesday, August 10 at 4:00 pm ET. Request a Bidder’s Kit for the bidding form and complete details.
BIDDING REQUIREMENTS: Bidders will be required to complete and sign a sealed bid form and submit a certified funds deposit with their offer/s. Cashier’s Check or Wire Deposits will be accepted as certified funds. Upon acceptance of the bid/s, the deposit becomes non-refundable. Non-winning bidders will have their deposits returned.
DUE DILIGENCE DRIVE: More information regarding K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base is available for bidder’s review. In order to access the Due Diligence Drive, bidders must sign and return this web access agreement to the auction company. Upon receipt of the signed web access agreement, bidders will be given access to a Google Shared Drive with documentation related to the sale.
REAL ESTATE TAXES: Taxes will be prorated and paid by seller up to date of closing. The tax statements for each property are available in the Bidder’s Kit.
EASEMENTS: Several access and utility easements exist.
ZONING: K. I. Sawyer properties are in Marquette County and subject to zoning by Forsyth Township or West Branch Township. The County/Townships are open to working with buyers regarding future rezoning of the sites.
ENVIRONMENTAL: The properties are being sold as-is, where-is; some properties are known to have environmental issues. An environmental report is available on the Due Diligence Drive. Buildings may contain Asbestos and/or Lead Paint.
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Broker Participation is welcome but not required. A 2% commission will be paid to the licensed broker who, at time of registration, registers the bidder who pays for and settles for the real estate. To qualify a broker must attend one inspection with his/her client, assist as needed in the closing process and attend closing. A broker buying on his/her behalf, or on the behalf of any business entity in which he/she holds an interest on behalf of a family member or a family member’s business entity, is not entitled to a commission.
An additional (earnest money) deposit is due within 2 business days bringing the total monies in escrow to 20% of the purchase price. Balance due at closing within 30 days. Deposit monies are earnest monies and non-refundable. Deposits of non-winning bidders will be returned immediately following the auction. Attorney Thomas Clark will oversee the closing.
All bids are subject to Seller’s acceptance on or before Thursday, August 11 at 4:00 pm ET. Bidders will be notified of the Sellers decision in writing via email and/or by phone.
In all transactions, Auctioneer is acting as an Agent for the Seller. Buyers are urged to inspect the property prior to purchase. Seller and Auctioneer are not responsible for items. All information received from reliable sources believed to be correct but not guaranteed by the Auction Company. Any announcement made/posted/published during the auction process takes precedence over any material published about this event. In the event of a dispute, Auctioneer has final decision.