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July 8, 2014

DMC children’s medical center plans proceed

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

Michigan medical center, at the northeast corner of Civic Center Drive and Big Beaver, aims to provide a kaleidoscope of color for young patients inside and outside the center.

“You don’t have to use an address to find it,” Art Smith, architect for Harley Ellis Devereaux, the firm designing the facility, told the Planning Commission at its June 24 meeting. “That was the intent.”

DMC officials noted the signage would meet city requirements.

Preliminary plans for the Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan facility got the nod from city leaders and the Planning Commission at the May 27 meeting, and the Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the submitted site plans at the June 24 meeting.

Troy City Planner Brent Savidant said that the bold design is a good example of “placemaking.” The building will be constructed of glazed brick and both clear and colored glass.

Ben Carlisle, of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, the city’s planning consultant, complimented the DMC team.

“They have been a pleasure to work with,” he said to the Planning Commission.

“The building will serve as a landmark and serve as an iconic building on the corridor,” Carlisle said.

Patients will not stay overnight at the facility, so it does not constitute a hospital. This is a permitted use in the Big Beaver form-based district, which was designed to promote high-density, vertical integration, and mixed uses of residential, office and commercial spaces to create a “world-class corridor,” Savidant said.

Carlisle noted that the DMC is donating a portion of the site to the city as right of way along Big Beaver.

The existing curb cut along Big Beaver would be removed and the center would be accessible through two curb cuts on Civic Center Drive.

Also, the medical center and Detroit Marriott Troy hotel will share parking space, if needed.

“We believe the location is a primary location for what we do,” said DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan CEO Larry Gold. He noted that the building would be an extension of “what we do at the hospital (in downtown Detroit) every day. He added that this year, the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan has seen about 31,000 children in Troy and the surrounding community.

“We want to extend our reach with sub-specialties,” he said. “It’s a wonderful location to do that.”   “It’s a great plan,” said Planning Commission Chairman Donald Edmunds.

According to a DMC press release, the center would house outpatient pediatric services including cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology and surgery, and state-of-the-art imaging services. The center also would have a 24/7 pediatric emergency room and would create approximately 100 new full-time jobs.

DMC officials said they expect to break ground on the project this fall and that the center would be fully operational by the end of 2015.

For more information and to see renderings of the new facility, visit www.childrensdmc.org/TroySpecialtyCenter.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.