A partially-vacant lot at the corner of the Chrysler Service Drive and Mack Ave. is seeing redevelopment, with the help of the
Michigan Economic Growth Authority
(MEGA). The Queen Lillian medical office building will create up to 31 full-time jobs during construction.
The Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority will grant a local and school tax capture valued at $408,647 to support an $18 million construction of a five-story office building on 2.7 acres at 3901 Chrysler Service Drive. Since the land abuts the existing Tolan Playground, the project will relocate and replace playground equipment and tennis courts near the construction. The lot was designated a brownfield property in May. Queen Lillian LLC will also pay for upkeep of Tolan Park for the next two years. Developers will also create and improve storm catch basins, curbs, outdoor lighting and gutters throughout the property.
The main tenant of the office building is Wayne State's Department of Psychiatry, which will lease space from Queen Lillian LLC. Currently, Wayne State's department is scattered among three office buildings throughout the city.
"These projects will help businesses to expand in Michigan and transform blighted, contaminated or functionally obsolete properties to add jobs and diversify Michigan's economy," says Michael A. Finney, President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "Michigan's economic gardening strategy offers wide-ranging help to growing companies in order to generate new job opportunities."
Joe Martin is a community assistance team specialist for the MEDC who is familiar with the project. He adds, "The Queen Lillian project fits well within the MEGA Program Guidelines and is a catalyst development for the area. The new medical office space will increase the density, employment, and tax base for the City of Detroit.”
Source: Kathleen Fagan, communications specialist, MEDC
Writer: Ashley C. Woods