DMC nixes sports medicine center next to Little Caesars Arena

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A rendering of the future DMC Sports Medicine Institute (Photo: Olympia Development)

The Detroit Medical Center has nixed plans to open a sports medicine facility next to Little Caesars Arena.

The health system won’t move forward on the DMC Sports Medicine Institute following novel coronavirus restrictions this year and the revaluation they caused, the center said in a statement Tuesday. DMC will focus on its core mission instead.

“Our decision allows us to reallocate resources appropriately in this changing environment,” the  DMC stated.

The facility was announced in 2018 as the main tenant in a $65-million, 127,000-square-foot building at Sproat Street and Woodward Avenue.

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It was expected to cater to professional and amateur athletes alike and include a rehab pool, a mobile MRI machine, a golf simulator, a basketball court and 40-yard track.

Now, the change of plans leaves the top two floors available in the building already under construction, said Ed Saenz, director of communications for the Ilitch-owned Olympia Development of Michigan, in a statement.

“We want to thank and recognize the efforts of healthcare workers at DMC and those across the country and we understand the challenges facing the healthcare industry in the current environment leading to the Detroit Medical Center’s decision not to move forward with their sports medicine institute,” he said.

The company is confident the space will get high interest between the arena and Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business, Saenz said.

He touted the view of Detroit’s skyline and proximity to 17,000 square feet of retail in the newly open space.

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The company broke ground on the project last year.

It’s on track to open next year with Warner, Norcross + Judd and Boston Consulting Group as tenants, Saenz said.

The DMC has been the health care provider for the Ilitch-owned Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers for more than a decade.

The health system will continue to provide medical care and training to athletes in its existing facilities, according to the DMC news release. It also remains committed to the pandemic response and community health care.

Hospitals reported financial ailments from the coronavirus this year, with restrictions set to slow the spread of the virus keeping residents indoors and prohibiting elective procedures for a time.

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