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Henry Ford Hospital breaks ground on cancer center near New Center

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Courtesy of Henry Ford Health System

Another large development has broken ground near the New Center area. The Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion, a six-story, 187,000-square-foot Pavilion, designed by SmithGroupJJR, will be part of a larger 300-acre expansion and neighborhood redevelopment.

The pavilion will be connected via skyway to the Henry Ford Hospital on West Grand Boulevard. The building will have a brick, metal and limestone exterior, with six stories of glass on the east and west sides.

According to a press release, this phase of the project will include:

  • “Brigitte’s Garden: an interactive art project inspired by the late Brigitte Harris and her legendary love of roses. Meet some of the most inspiring cancer survivors as they work with an artist to “plant” Brigitte’s Garden – a canvas blooming with artfully designed roses that will become a permanent art installation in our new building.
  • Building Hope: A unique video celebrating the comeback of Detroit through the lens of cancer survivors and their care team, produced by award-winning filmmaker Reel FX.
  • Enhanced 3D: An artfully designed 3D replica of the building and surrounding space to show the transformation of the south side of W. Grand Blvd.”

The Pavilion received a $20 million gift from Mort Harris, whose wife Brigitte Harris passed away in 2016. The gift is part of a larger $40 million package for the expansion. The project is expected to cost an approximately $155 million.

This is one of many developments happening in New Center and surrounding areas, including the new Pistons practice facility, Third and Grand, the Motown Museum expansion, and possibly even Lee Plaza being redeveloped.