Wyoming Welcomes Office Buildings

April 2, 2006
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WYOMING — Construction has begun on the first of a complex of offices proposed for Metro Health Village, the site of the new eight-story, 450,000-square-foot Metropolitan Hospital.

In the approved overall plan for 175-acre site, the hospital takes up about 50 acres and the remaining property is to be developed into retail space, business and medical offices. Of the first two office buildings going up, one is under construction and another was recently approved.

A two-story, 33,750-square-foot office building called Metro Office Building No. 1 is under construction at the intersection of Gezon Parkway, Center Drive and Health Care Drive. It’s owned by the Granger Group of Companies, the company that’s doing the majority of the village development outside of the Metropolitan Hospital building.

Granger is developing the retail village and loft residential components, as well as a second medical office building. Greg Markvluwer, senior vice president of development and finance, said the Granger Group will relocate its offices to Building No. 1, which will also house Michigan Obstetrics and Gynecology PC. Together, Granger and the physician practice will occupy 50 percent of the building, and the remaining space will be available for lease by medical-related ventures. Granger will break ground on the second medical office building in late summer.  

Altogether, the company has proposed 278,000 square feet of medical office space across eight one- to five-story buildings. About 100,000 square feet of it will be a mix of medical and professional office space, Markvluwer said.

Next door, ProCare Systems Inc. recently received the go-ahead for a two-story, 22,000-square-foot building on Health Care Drive. ProCare develops pain management and rehabilitation programs for both institutions and physician practices.

Spectrum Health is partnering with a physician group to move its urgent care center on Canal Street to a new 55,000-square-foot building on six acres at 5281 Wilson Ave. SW, near the corner of 52nd Street. The physician group, Wilson Six Developers LLC, will own the property as well as the building and will be a tenant, too. Spectrum spokesman Bruce Rossman said the facility, called The West Pavilion, will also house a Spectrum primary care partners office, diagnostic imaging services, a lab, rehab services and an occupational health office. Rossman said construction should be completed by the end of this year.

Hughes Management LC had filed and received site plan approval for an office building at the southwest corner of 52nd and Wilson, but then decided not to move ahead with the plan at present and, subsequently, put the property up for sale, said Maureen Richards, vice president of facility management for Hughes.

A 75-acre parcel at the northwest corner of Wilson Avenue and M-6 has been rezoned for B-2 commercial and offices, said Gerald Mears, Wyoming’s planning and development director. One site on the west side of Wilson near M-6 has been approved for a large medical office building project, which Hughes Management now has underway.

That entire 75-acre parcel is controlled by the city of Wyoming as the result of an Act 425 contract between Wyoming and Byron Township, said Mears. The contract requires that the city pay Byron Township 1.5 mills of property tax for 50 years, after which the parcel officially becomes part of Wyoming.

Two other parcels in the area are zoned for offices but nothing is going on with them as yet, Mears said. On the east side of Wilson to the south of 56th Street near the city’s current border, there are 12 acres zoned for office that are owned by the Granger Group. Markvluwer said the company has not been aggressively marketing that property as yet.

“The whole Wilson Avenue interchange is going to be totally rebuilt this summer so we will be marketing that land this fall after that interchange is completed. That is zoned office, and we’re also looking at some other potential zoning, as well.”

At the northwest corner of Burlingame Avenue and Gezon Parkway, there are 6.3 acres listed for $2.1 million by Land & Co. That parcel, located at 5675 Burlingame, is zoned for office development, as well.

“Wyoming historically has had very few offices, but now it looks like things are taking off now,” Mears said.    

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