University of Michigan Health acquires former Kmart headquarters property, reports The Oakland Press

The University of Michigan Health is set to purchase 7.28 acres of vacant land at the former Kmart Corp. headquarters in Troy, Michigan for $4.42 million from Forbes/Frankel Troy Ventures LLC. The university plans to build a multi-specialty facility on the property with a focus on expanding clinical services and increasing patient access in Oakland County.

Dr. Marschall Runge, CEO of Michigan Medicine, expressed excitement about the long-term presence and commitment to patients in Oakland County. He highlighted the university’s efforts to create a statewide network of care that allows Michiganders to access world-class care closer to home. The facility will focus on advanced specialty and diagnostic services, marking the beginning of a broader U-M Health presence in southeast Michigan.

The new center will also include a clinical program for multidisciplinary cancer care. The building will adhere to university guidelines for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) to minimize environmental impacts. The former Kmart Corp. headquarters, which opened in the early 1970s, has been vacant since 2006 following a merger with Sears Holdings Corp. and relocation of operations to suburban Chicago.

The demolition of the building and parking structure began last year, with Forbes/Frankel Troy Ventures funding the project. The windows on the rear of the headquarters were boarded up prior to the demolition in 2023. Overall, the University of Michigan Health’s expansion at the former Kmart site represents a significant investment in creating a healthcare hub for the community.

“We are thrilled about this opportunity,” said Dr Runge.” “This expansion will provide our patients with more convenient access to top quality healthcare services and bring U-M Health closer to them.”

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