Feb 21, 2024 - News

Vote delayed for Henry Ford and Pistons' Future of Health

An overhead view of the new buildings.

Henry Ford Health, the Pistons and Michigan State are proposing the Future of Health development. Rendering: Courtesy of the city of Detroit

Detroit City Council delayed its vote on a $3 billion mega-development from Henry Ford Health (HFH), the Pistons and Michigan State.

What happened: Due to a lack of time to assess new information, City Council President Mary Sheffield said Tuesday during session that the Future of Health project's community benefits deal, incentives and rezoning will be reconsidered next Tuesday.

Catch up quick: Henry Ford Health plans $2.2 billion in new hospital development alongside 662 apartments being developed by the Pistons and a new research center with MSU, with the stated intention of changing lives impacted by health disparities.

  • The project drew members of the public out in droves, with public comment lasting more than two hours.
  • Some said they see the project as an economic boost for the New Center area.
  • But others challenged a lack of real benefits that help Detroiters and questioned the need for a large portion of public financing.

The latest: Several council members have asks that they want the developers to tack onto the deal, including Sheffield, who wants to see a $3.5 million donation to the city's Affordable Housing Development and Preservation Fund.

  • On Tuesday, the Future of Health development team agreed to $1.5 million for the fund.

Plus: The Pistons' housing component has been questioned for its viability outside of the larger project, with council member Mary Waters asking Tuesday if the housing segment of the project was gone, would Henry Ford Health still move forward. The hospital development isn't seeking city tax abatements and captures, but the housing and research center are.

  • A Henry Ford Health executive said in response that the hospital was planned out over years in concert with the other Future of Health components. Breaking the project up could change the size and location of the research building and "impact the financial outcome of the entire project."
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