DMC Plans $50 Million Outpatient Facility in Royal Oak

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor A new Detroit Medical Center (DMC) outpatient facility could soon replace a vacant plot in the south end part of Royal Oak, near Interstate 696 and Woodward. DMC and parent company Vanguard Health Systems Inc. want [...]

A new Detroit Medical Center (DMC) outpatient facility could soon replace a vacant plot in the south end part of Royal Oak, near Interstate 696 and Woodward. DMC and parent company Vanguard Health Systems Inc. want to invest $50 million in a 3-story, 100,000-square-foot medical center that would provide pediatric, adult and emergency care.

The project was filed last week with the Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority and, if it gets the green light, DMC could purchase the land and construction could begin in the third quarter of 2012.  The new medical facility could create over 150 full-time jobs at the center alone and add about $1 million a year to property tax rolls. According to The Detroit News, more than 60 percent of the new medical center would provide pediatric care services, while the remaining space would serve as an adult outpatient service.

Quoted by the newspaper, Lori Mouton, VP of Marketing for DMC Children’s Hospital, said that Oakland County was DMC’s first choice location primarily because of its location near Interstate 696. The large number of Oakland County residents—almost 200,000 —treated at a DMC facility in 2011 also counted for choosing this location, added Lori Mouton.

The site has been vacant since the late 1970s, when it was cleared to make way for Interstate 696. In recent years various developers and investors have presented hotel, office buildings and even fitness center plans, but they all failed because of the economic downturn or were simply rejected by city officials.

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