Wayne state University plans to begin work this year on a $93 million biomedical research facility in Midtown that President Allan Gilmour believes will "reviatlize a city block that is now vacant."
The university hosted Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday for the signing of a capital outlay bill that committed $30 million in state funding to the project, which includes renovation of the former Dalgleish Cadillac dealership on Cass Avenue, construction of a new addition and demolition of the American Beauty Electric Irons Building.
Wayne State is expected to occupy the majority of the 196,500-square-foot facility, which will house up to 450 research-related employees, while Henry Ford Health Systems plans to move a bone and joint center and motion analysis lab there.
Work is scheduled to begin later this summer with demolition of the American Beauty building, which preservationists would like to save, to make way for a small parking lot and -- eventually -- a second research facility.