The Detroit Medical Center has canceled its plan to build an Institute of Sports Medicine in the Detroit area for the Illit family.
The medical system confirmed on Tuesday an email to Crain’s that it “will not move forward with plans to hire a sports medicine institute” in a $ 70 million building on Woodward Avenue between Little Caesars Arena and Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School for business.
“Our solution allows us to reallocate resources appropriately in this changing environment,” the health system said in a statement.
“The last few months have led to an unprecedented change in the healthcare industry. Orders and restrictions that prohibit election procedures have led hospitals everywhere to reevaluate their core services,”
Ron Staley, senior vice president of operations in Southeast Michigan for the Lansing-based contractor The Christman Co., one of the joint project partners with the Detroit-based Brinker Group, said the building’s core and building are still on the way to completion. by the end of the year.
Grand Rapids-based law firm Warner Norcross + Judd and DMC were the two main tenants who were to occupy the 127,000-square-foot building at 2715 Woodward Ave., the site of a former parking lot. Boston Consulting Group is also expected to take a seat in the building.
The sports institute was to serve players from the Ilitch Detroit Red Wings and Tigers family, as well as the public. About 17,000 square meters of retail ground floor is also expected.
Michigan-based real estate company Michigan, the Ilitch family, said Tuesday afternoon that “this change in plans makes the top two floors of the five-story building.
“Construction work continues on the building, which is set to open next year and be home to the Detroit offices of Warner, Norcross + Judd and Boston Consulting Group.”
Southfield-based Harley Ellis Devereaux Corp. is the architect of the project.
The Ilitch family criticized the lack of progress in the area of the 45- to 50-block project in Detroit, which is anchored by the $ 862.9 million Little Caesars Arena, which received $ 398.1 million in public funding.
The Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons play there, the latter being recruited by Auburn Hills Palace in 2016.
Although the area was unveiled as a sprawling mix of homes, offices, restaurants, bars, parks and other spaces in July 2014, today the Detroit area remains largely a combination of vacant buildings and parking lots, although several new tenants have been hired, including Google and the law firm Warner Norcross.
A key component of Detroit County – residential space – has not been delivered, although work is underway to renovate the Eddystone Hotel north of the arena and final steps have been taken to renovate the United Artists’ building at 150 Bagley St.