Metro Village Expects Rapid Growth

October 27, 2006
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GRAND RAPIDS — Metro Health Village’s development partners, The Granger Group and Metro Health, said last week they expect that before year’s end crews will begin work on five new buildings around the new hospital under construction south of Grand Rapids.

The hospital is set to open in one year at the 170-acre MetroHealthVillage near

Byron Center Avenue
and
Gezon Parkway
. Plans call for the 208-bed hospital to be surrounded by as many as 40 buildings providing health services, retail and residential uses, with a total investment of $500 million to as much as $1 billion when the last construction crews depart in five to seven years, said Gary Granger, president and owner of The Granger Group.

Metro Health and The Granger Group, both of Grand Rapids, celebrated last week with a ground-breaking ceremony for a new professional office building next to the new hospital. With three stories and 65,000 square feet, the building will house doctors, hospital offices, a laboratory and the WoundCareCenter. It will be connected to the hospital.

The building is one of five, comprising a total of 200,000 square feet, expected to start construction before year’s end:

  • Work is slated to begin in November on a Granger-owned retail and residential building. Located near the entrance, this building will feature retail space on the main floor topped by apartments and condominiums with private entrances and covered parking. The residential units will range from 800 to 2,500 square feet. The first 12 units are planned to be on the market by summer 2007.
  • Crews are expected to start within a month on a Granger retail and medical building of 12,000 square feet, across from the 450,000-square-foot hospital’s main entrance. Kaczmarski Hearing and Village Pharmacy plan to locate in the building, with a durable medical goods supplier and an ophthalmology services provider in lease negotiations. One of the five suites is still available.
  • Sometime this fall, work will begin on a 25,000-square-foot office building being built and owned by Michigan Pain Consultants.
  • Another 80,000 square feet will be constructed next door by a consortium led by Grand Valley Internal Medicine Specialists and Metropolitan Internists of West Michigan. Located here will be the hospital’s endoscopy service and sleep lab.

The first businesses in the MetroHealthVillage opened their doors this month in another retail building owned by Granger: Starbucks and Michigan OB/GYN. Granger said his company is hoping to land several chain restaurants and possibly a hotel, as well.

The total price tag on the wide-ranging development “depends on the type of facilities and type of space located on the site,” Granger said.

While MetroHealthVillage is located at the edge of ByronTownship, it will eventually be annexed to the city of Wyoming, which has already placed a park there. The fate of MetroHealthHospital’s current location at

1919 Boston St. SE
in Grand Rapids is expected to be revealed within the next several weeks, said Jim Childress, Metro Health vice president for marketing and public relations.

Childress said the old hospital, which is being replaced by the eight-story, $150 million facility in ByronTownship, is expected to be torn down and either condominiums or an assisted living center built on the site. A 20,000-square-foot medical building will probably be left standing, Childress said.    

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