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$3B Henry Ford Health development begins with community meetings

The first community meetings to discuss the $3 billion development of Henry Ford Health, the Detroit Pistons and Michigan State University will be held on October 3 and October 10 in Detroit.

The meetings will give members of the nearby community a first look at a planned “transformational” development that will create a new hospital and medical research facility as well as residential, commercial, retail and recreational developments over the next decade, officials said Monday.

Henry Ford Health Announced A $2.5 Billion Expansion Plan Over The Next Decade, February 8, 2023. The Detroit-Based Health System Plans To Build A New $1.8 Billion Hospital In The Area Of ​​New Center In Detroit Near The Existing Henry Ford Hospital.

Under the city of Detroit’s Community Benefits Ordinance, developers of projects costing more than $75 million or seeking tax subsidies or city-owned land worth $1 million or more must engage neighbors in project to identify community benefits and address potential negative impacts.

To begin the CBO process for this project, the city of Detroit sent invitations to 4,693 addresses within the three-quadrant census tract impact area for a series of community meetings with Henry Ford Health, Michigan State University and the Detroit Pistons.

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At the meetings, residents will be asked to elect community representatives to sit on the Neighborhood Advisory Council, the body that will negotiate a community benefit agreement with developers, officials said.

The Community Benefits Ordinance requires a minimum of seven meetings. NAC members, who must live in the area affected by the project and be at least 18 years old, will negotiate project-specific community benefits, such as programs that help residents participate in opportunities to economy made progress, officials said.

Once the NAC and the developers agree on the benefits and timelines, the NAC will vote to endorse the community benefit agreement. That agreement has been forwarded to the Detroit City Council for final approval.

“We are excited about the development of ‘The Future of Health in a Thriving New Center’ and what it will bring to the city in terms of new jobs, access to first-class medical research and care health, and affordable housing,” said Antoine Bryant, the city’s director of planning and development.

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“While the research and housing portion of the development is the only part of the project that will seek incentives, the developers have made a commitment that the benefits to the community will extend to the entire project. community engagement and benefits process,” said Bryant. .

The developers aim to have the project approved in the first quarter of 2024 with the aim of starting construction on the first phase of the project later in the year.

The development will be anchored by a major expansion of Henry Ford Hospital with a new 1-million-square-foot facility and patient tower. It will also include a new medical research facility for Henry Ford Health and Michigan State University Health Sciences.

A Map Of Planned Developments Around Henry Ford Health'S New Hospital Campus In Detroit'S New Center Neighborhood.

Billionaires Dan and Jennifer Gilbert announced a $434 million commitment to build a 72-bed stroke rehab facility on three floors of a new patient tower, to be operated by Chicago-based Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and the creation of Nick Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Research Institute in Detroit, also affiliated with Henry Ford Health and Michigan State University Health Sciences.

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The project is designed to support more than 25,000 jobs, a number that includes an estimated 16,000 current jobs, 8,200 construction jobs and 700 new post-construction full and part-time jobs. position, officials said.

Analysis from real estate consulting firm RCLCO estimated a potential $8.2 billion in total economic output from the development and an additional $340 million in total fiscal impact over 35 years if is looking to expand the local and state tax base by increasing property values ​​and creating jobs, officials said.

The proposed plan has prompted questions about how a new hospital would affect Detroit’s health care system, how surrounding neighborhoods would benefit from the improvements and whether MSU’s footprint would expand. at the Cass Corridor Satellite Campus to the New Center.

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