While undertaking various research projects TVT has come to recognize three Detroit area Caballeros whose business ventures and civic/social activities often overlap; and now it appears the three are partners in a real estate deal over the border in the Town of Plympton-Wyoming, Ontario, Canada.
Matthew P. Cullen, general manager of the Economic Development and Enterprise Services Group for General Motors Corp.; and one of Detroit's most connected people;
John Charles Miller, president of J.C. Miller Construction, Inc.; and
R. Thomas Vigliotti of Ralph Vigliotti Real Estate;
According to public meeting records, Matt Cullen, John Miller and Tom Vigliotti apparently have plans to develop an exclusive residential enclave -- “Huroncrest Estates” -- inclusive of 64 estate lots near the Lake Huron shoreline about half an hour over the border just north of Port Huron, Michigan.
Port Huron is the proposed site of a Bay Mills Indian Casino, the modified Blue Water International Bridge Crossing and possibly other ventures aimed at turning around the economy of the border community. Backers of a Port Huron Casino including Michael J. Malik, Marian & Mike Ilitch, Cullen, Vigliotti and others are among those who helped raise close to $100,000 for Michigan Sen. Carl Levin on March 30, 2007; a fundraising activity reportedly aimed at attempting to win Levin’s support of the Port Huron casino plan and possibly other things.
TVT has reviewed documents that indicate back in October 2003 the three Caballeros purchased the Canadian land parcels in the town of Plympton-Wyoming likely for $1.5 million with a mortgage on the property financed by The Private Bank.
The mortgage finance documents show an address for the borrowers at 19550 Harper Ave., Harper Woods, MI 48225 which is an address associated with these following other enterprises several of which are known partnerships involving Miller and Vigliotti, with nearly all of them listing Miller as their resident agent:
Lynch Road Properties, Inc.; formerly Great Lakes Technology Center Inc.
However, the transfer deed of land and the land transfer tax affidavit documents indicate the address for the property owners at 742 Shelden Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236-1511; the residence of Matt and Karen A. Cullen. Karen Cullen is vice president Corporate Communications at Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
Public Meeting Records referencing the Cullen/Miller/Vigliotti Canadian Properties:
May 10, 2005 Minutes; County of Lambton, Woodlot/Land Division Committee
March 6, 2007 Minutes; County of Lambton, Land Division Committee
March 28, 2007 Minutes; Town of Plympton-Wyoming Council Meeting
Originally posted 07.17.07