Farmington Hills, Mich., December 14, 2006 – Officials from Botsford General Hospital received approval for a plan for the renovation of the historic Botsford Inn and additional development of the Inn property from the Farmington Hills Historic District Commission last night. The Commission voted to issue a certificate of appropriateness for the plan on the condition that renovations wait until commission members can review and approve a plan for the relocation of a historic barn now located on the Inn property.
The plan calls for a restoration of the Inn that will preserve the historic portions of the landmark and return it to its size and appearance following Henry Ford’s painstaking renovation of the Inn in 1924. Botsford will construct a cancer center on the property to the east of the historic portion of the Inn. The two-story, approximately 30,000 square foot cancer center will house radiation oncology facilities along with offices for medical oncologists and complementary therapies. A Certificate of Need application was filed with the state on December 1 for construction of a cancer facility.
“Botsford is fully committed to protecting the legacy associated with the Inn and we will continue to coordinate all phases of our planned development with city agencies,” said Paul LaCasse, D.O., President and CEO of Botsford Hospital. To manage the restoration project, Botsford is working with William Finnicum, an architect with extensive experience in historic properties. “Everyone involved believes that our decision to raze portions of the building added in the late 20th century will ultimately enhance the historic nature of the building,” said LaCasse.
Botsford General Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders award and the 2005 Governor’s Awards of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital Setting and Improving Care in the Emergency Department Setting. Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.
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