The Royal Oak City Commission approved up to $3.7 million in Brownfield tax incentives for Beaumont Health’s cleanup and redevelopment of the former Northwood Shopping Center at the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road.
The Brownfield incentives will help cover the cost of environmental cleanup of the site, resulting from an auto repair shop and a dry cleaner that occupied storefronts on the property. Abatement and soil remediation work will also begin to prepare buildings on the property for demolition this fall.
Beaumont will also move forward with the submission of documents for site plan approval for a new, 183,000-square-foot commercial retail development on the 15-acre property.
“We have exciting plans which incorporate the feedback of the more than 6,000 employees, physicians, students, and community residents who took part in our survey on (the) Northwood redevelopment,” says Carolyn Wilson, COO of Beaumont Health. “Our plans call for a grocery store, a hotel, restaurants, and various other retail offerings in an attractive setting that expands green space and walkability on the property, enhancing the experience for our patients, visitors, employees, and the community-at-large.”
Redevelopment work, which will bring about 200 temporary construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs to the area, is expected to begin next summer following approval of the site plan.
Beaumont will continue to pay annual property taxes of $435,000 on the property during redevelopment. The taxable value of the land will increase from $7.6 million to an estimated $11.3 million following the redevelopment.
All retailers, except for two businesses owned by Beaumont, which has owned the Northwood property since the 1980s, vacated the property in July.