Herman Kiefer developer touts site for innovation hub, medical technology complex

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Detroit — A developer for the former Herman Kiefer hospital site is marketing the sprawling grounds for a potential innovation hub, garment manufacturing or medical technology complex. Ron Castellano, managing member of Herman Kiefer Development LLC, on Thursday shared his vision for a “commercial, job-generating campus” across the 11 buildings on the 860,000-square-foot site. During an annual update on the planned $143 million, eight-year project, Castellano touted the concept of an International Center for Automobile Innovation, adding he’s brought on a brokerage firm to help market the campus to attract tenants.   Castellano bid on the project in 2014 and spent another 19 months working on the multi-year agreement with milestones with the city. The development firm closed on the sale in winter 2018. “We take any interest from any industry and try to translate it in how it works with our site,” Castellano told about 100 people during a Zoom meeting, noting the team has multiple conceptual videos and renderings.”We’ve looked at medical technology, and right where we are now is really brainstorming all the different options and industries that could potentially use the site,” he said. “It’s a special site. It’s in the middle of a neighborhood. This isn’t out in an industrial area, but …

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