The Detroit Medical Center and Olympia Development of Michigan today announced a long-term agreement to build a state-of-the-art facility along Woodward Avenue, immediately north of Little Caesars Arena, in The District Detroit.
Under the deal, the DMC will lease a portion of the building to operate a sports medicine facility. Construction is expected to begin next year. The project includes an investment of more than $65 million, and is scheduled to open in 2020.
“The District Detroit continues to catalyze new and exciting opportunities for our community, like this project with the Detroit Medical Center that will bring additional world-class, specialty medical services to Detroit,” says Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings Inc., the parent company of Little Caesars Pizza, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, and other entities.
“It will also increase the job opportunities, tax base, and retail activity on Woodward Avenue and will spur even more growth in the surrounding area.”
The five-story, 127,000-square-foot building is one of six new projects recently announced by Olympia Development as the launch of Phase 2 of development in The District Detroit. It will occupy land currently used as a surface parking lot at Woodward Avenue and Sproat Street, and offer flour floors of office space and 17,000 square feet of street-level retail space.
The DMC Sports Medicine Institute will occupy about 50,000 square feet, and the remaining 60,000 square feet of office space will be available for office or other medical tenants. Parking will be provided at a new structure now nearing completion just west of the upcoming facility at Park and Temple streets.
DMC’s space will be the first of its kind in Detroit, and will include a golf simulator, a 3-point basketball court, and a 40-yard track. It will also offer specialty rehab services, including a mobile MRI and a rehab pool. DMC has been the official health care provider for the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers for more than 10 years. DMC doctors offer on-site orthopedic care for players during games at Little Caesars Arena and Comerica Park.
“We are excited about what this facility will mean to our community, athletes from near and far, and the teams they represent,” says Dr. Anthony Tedeschi, CEO of DMC. “We look forward to offering injury management and performance improvement services supported by sports science, biomechanics, and other innovative therapies. This long-term investment is yet another example of our continued commitment to Detroit and to further enhancing our outpatient services model.”
DMC has an exclusive agreement with EXOS, a nationally-recognized sports performance delivery provider, to offer health programs that guide athletes to improve in mindset, nutrition, movement, and recovery.
Professional athletes from Detroit and players from Michigan universities often leave the state for training, evaluation, performance assessment, injury prevention and improvement, specialized orthopedic therapy, and long-term recovery programs. DMC’s new institute will serve as a destination site for athletes from Michigan and other parts of the Midwest.
The DMC Sports Medicine Institute will employ physicians, therapists, trainers, other clinicians, and researchers. The facility will be geared to professional, collegiate, high school, and recreational athletes.
The new sports medicine institute joins more than a dozen other major projects Olympia Development has completed or undertaken since 2015, including Little Caesars Arena; office developments for Google (August move-in), the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment and 313 Presents; four new restaurants; a team store; the Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion; the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University; and Chevrolet Plaza and other public spaces, infrastructure enhancement, and more.
Together, the projects set the stage for significant additional retail, office, and residential development. The District Detroit is a 50-block area that includes Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park, Ford Field, the Fox Theatre, and many other facilities.
DMC operates eight hospitals and institutions.