Construction to begin soon on Northville development

Posted on January 4, 2013

=Construction will begin early this year on Northville Park Place, a retail and mixed use development at the site of the old Northville Psychiatric Hospital, shuttered in 2003, in the two-mile heart of the suburb’s Haggerty retail corridor.

The site at Seven Mile and Haggerty is being cleared for the project led by REIS-Northville, LLC, a joint venture between Bloomfield Hills-based REI Investment Group and Schostak Brothers and Co. Inc. of Livonia. It is to be completed in 2014.

Wednesday’s announcement is the first phase of the project. The total 82-acre project will comprise up to 500,000 square feet of total space.

University of Michigan Health System will lease 100,000 square feet of Northville Park Place, which will include commercial space as well, as the health care system expands primary and specialty care for Metro Detroit children and adults.

Northville Health Center is expected to see its first patients in the fall of 2014. The health system will close its nearby Livonia Health Center.

“Having the highly regarded University of Michigan Health System as an anchor tenant of this development will be a boon to the local economy,” developer David Schostak said in announcing the construction timetable.

“It will draw substantial numbers of visitors, patients and employees to the area.”

Schostak said the U-M part of the project will create the equivalent of 90-100 full time trades jobs for one year and will employ approximately 300 different on-site skilled trade workers.

The George W. Auch Co., headquartered in Pontiac, is the construction management firm for the project, which is the first phase of the redevelopment at the old hospital site. The building is being designed by Hobbs + Black Architects headquartered in Ann Arbor. Professional Engineering Associates located in Troy is the engineering firm for the project.

Northville Township bought part of the 400-plus acre site from the state in 2009, in hopes of developing it as a park and recreation hub. But it has yet to come up with the money — up to $13 million — to knock down the old hospital buildings and clean up the site.

The Detroit News