The Herman Kiefer Complex, most currently the former home of the city's Department of Health and Wellness Promotion and Vital Records division, has been eyed for redevelopment by New York-based developer Ron Castellano. He has big plans to take the expansive space and make it into something the city and community can enjoy. Since city services left in 2013, the complex has been hit hard by scrappers, and vacant lots and abandoned houses dot the surrounding area. If completed, the redevelopment would be one of the largest done outside of downtown or Midtown.
The nuts and bolts:
- Castellano has an eight-year, $75 million plan for the complex
- 10 buildings, comprising 18 acres would be redeveloped
- Development location is anchored by the 450,000 1922 Albert-Kahn designed Herman Kiefer Hospital building
- There are no specific details on what the structures would be used for yet
- Development deal awaits a decision by the City Planning Commission to move forward - Leslie Youngblood