Henry Ford Moves Forward with 300-Acre Expansion in New Center Area

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor Henry Ford Health System plans to expand with a new medical facility in the New Center area of Detroit. According to The Detroit News, this project is part of an older initiative that the hospital officials announced two years ago, which called for a multi-million dollar investment in redeveloping the nearby [...]

Henry Ford Health System plans to expand with a new medical facility in the New Center area of Detroit. According to The Detroit News, this project is part of an older initiative that the hospital officials announced two years ago, which called for a multi-million dollar investment in redeveloping the nearby area.

In 2010 Henry Ford released preliminary plans for a $500 million, two-phase development strategy south of the main hospital. If no alterations are made to the original strategy, phase one could expand the hospital campus with a new surgery center, a mix of inpatient care and education facilities, as well as ground floor stores and office space.

Detailed plans are expected to be announced by Henry Ford Health System within a month, but meanwhile construction workers started clearing up the streets adjacent to West Grand Boulevard. The 300-acre area consists of empty homes that, allegedly, were previously purchased by Henry Ford and are now being demolished by a crew of WARM Training Center, a local nonprofit housing development group.

Another property located across the street from the hospital—and owned by the Sweet Home Baptist Church (at least up until recently, although the Wayne County Register of Deeds has no records on a purchase by Henry Ford)—is in the process of being evacuated.