Eleven months after shovels hit the ground on a nearly 3-acre property in Detroit’s Midtown, doctors and researchers have begun moving into the Medical Office Building at Tolan Park, an $18.4-million medical facility in Detroit.
The zinc-paneled building, designed by Hamilton Anderson Associates and built by Jenkins Construction, is nestled between Tolan Park and Children’s Hospital on Beaubien near Mack and I-75. It provides modern space for employees of the building’s sole tenant, the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. The project created more than 300 jobs and is the first initiative of the Queen Lillian Development team that includes developers Jim Jenkins and Chris Jackson. The project was financed with the assistance of Talmer Bank and Trust of Troy, Mesirow Financial, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.
“It is very rewarding to see the project open its doors, but it’s just as exciting to be involved in helping with the city’s revitalization,” said Jackson.
The five-story, 63,000-square-foot building’s subtle exterior has an opposite interior: Bright green and yellow walls and modern furniture welcome visitors. Every floor offers a striking view of Midtown and the building is LEED certified.
“With this building, our Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences has a new, state-of-the-art home, with a physical presence on the campus of the medical school and on Midtown’s medical campus,” said Valerie M. Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., and dean of the WSU School of Medicine. “This new building will be more convenient for our patients, who often are first seen at one of the hospitals in the Detroit Medical Center system. This is a beautiful new edifice that further complements the growing Midtown area and adds to the revitalization of Detroit.”
The project’s completion makes way for a second nearby initiative by Queen Lillian Development. Construction will begin in August on the Midtown Professional Building, a 75,000-square-foot Class A medical office facility near the corner of Mack and Woodward Avenue.
Already a retail tenant, a medical practice and a dental practice have expressed interest in locating in the site, which will include a dedicated 280-car parking garage. The $30 million, five-story building will be the area’s only Class A office space and the building will be LEED certified.
It is also located three blocks from the future transit site — the M-1 Rail — and is part of ongoing revitalization taking place in Midtown, one of Detroit’s fastest growing neighborhoods. Midtown is home to the largest concentration of cultural, educational and medical institutions in Southeast Michigan and is one of the most walkable communities in Southeast Michigan.
“The reason this site was chosen is because we recognized a need for Class A office space in Midtown,” Jackson said. “We envision these projects as the start of many to come.”
Founded in 2008, Queen Lillian, LLC is a partnership between Jenkins and Jackson which pays homage to each of the developers’ mothers, respectively. Both projects have utilized 100 percent, African American development teams.
Over the last 15 years, Jenkins and Jackson have developed and/ or built some of the most high profile projects in the city of Detroit. In addition to the WSU building, those include Greektown Casino, Cass Technical High School, Westin Book Cadillac, Presbyterian Village, Martin Luther King Jr., High School and Ford Field.
For more information, go to www.midtownbldg.com.
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