You may have seen the article about the wellness center feasibility study that the Southfield DDA is undertaking along with our partners in dBusiness late last week.
As part of the first phase of this study we need to determine if the local market, both residents and employees of businesses in and around the Southfield DDA, would be able to support such a wellness center. If so, our next step would be to determine the scope, size and services that a wellness center would offer.
This study is important for two reasons. First, it fits with the healthcare growth and emphasis that has been a part of our strategy for the last few years. With more physician practices, healthcare services, and the continued growth at Providence Hospital in Southfield, a wellness center available to the public would only further enhance our healthcare footprint.
Second, a wellness center would add to the tax base of the Southfield DDA and give us a new development to feature. It, or other large-scale developments like it, can serve as a magnet for opening the door to conversations with developers on new retail, commercial and residential opportunities.
Many thanks to our partners who have helped to invest in this feasibility study. The cost of the phase one study is being shared by the Southfield DDA, Providence Hospital, Health Alliance Plan, Medical Main Street powered by Oakland County, Farbman Group and Solo Development.
These partners share our vision for what the DDA will be in a few years, and the continued opportunities that exist here. Whatever the results of the study bring, we are committed to finding new development options that best meet the needs of our stakeholders who work and live in the DDA.