Sales of Herrick Hospital, Hayden-Ford Mill Building in Tecumseh complete

TECUMSEH — Sales of two notable properties in Tecumseh closed recently, allowing redevelopment plans to move forward.

Sales of both the former ProMedica Herrick Hospital and the Hayden-Ford Mill Building have closed, Tecumseh City Manager Dan Swallow told the city council at its meeting Tuesday.

Last summer, 500 E Pottawatamie St LLC reached a purchase agreement with ProMedica to buy the closed hospital in Tecumseh with plans to have Behavioral Health Consulting Partners of North America run a behavioral health center at the facility.

Work has already begun to clean out the building as the new owners prepare to take ownership, Swallow said.

A Kreighoff-Lenawee trailer is pictured Wednesday outside the rear entrance to the former ProMedica Herrick Hospital in Tecumseh. The sale of the hospital to a partnership that intends to open a behavioral health center in the facility has closed and work has started to prepare for renovations, Tecumseh City Manager Dan Swallow told the city council Tuesday.

Kenneth Weber, principal of BHCPNA, said in July that they expect the facility to serve people within a 200-mile radius of Tecumseh.

The first phase of the center's development would offer adolescent inpatient care for dual diagnosis as well as adult outpatient care for the prevention, intervention and treatment of substance use disorders and mental health concerns.

“Across the country there is a pressing need for quality adolescent behavioral health services,” Weber said in July. “Our eventual goal is to provide inpatient and outpatient services for people of all ages.”

Herrick Hospital closed in 2020 after being consolidated with Adrian’s ProMedica Bixby Hospital into the newly built ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian Township.

Subscribe Now: For all the latest local developments, breaking news, and high school and college sports content.

Mayor Jack Baker said the effort to find a new use for Herrick Hospital began two years ago. He called closing on the sales of both properties "one of the best days in the city's history."

"For us to be the first entity in this county to offer what is going to happen at Herrick Hospital makes me so proud of my community, makes me so proud of my city," he said, adding that the city's residents should share in that pride.

"When you see a hospital get shuttered down, quite often what happens? We know what happens. Not here in Tecumseh. It doesn't happen here in the city," he said. "We do things the right way. We see it through to the end. We crossed the finish line today, and I'm proud to say, here we go."

In December, the city council agreed to sell the Hayden-Ford building to business partners who intend to rehabilitate the building into a banquet hall and restaurant. The sale price was $100,000.

The Hayden-Ford Mill Building in Tecumseh is pictured Wednesday. The sale of the building to business partners who intend to open a banquet hall and restaurant in it has closed, Tecumseh City Manager Dan Swallow told the city council Tuesday.
The Hayden-Ford Mill Building in Tecumseh is pictured Wednesday. The sale of the building to business partners who intend to open a banquet hall and restaurant in it has closed, Tecumseh City Manager Dan Swallow told the city council Tuesday.

Swallow said city staff are working with Greg Donofrio and Richard Cox of HFD LLC on taking possession of the Hayden-Ford building so that they can begin renovations, which are expected to cost about $1.1 million. The city gave them a two-year timeframe to have all of the work completed. Donofrio told the council in November that the banquet center part of their plan would be completed within a year.

The first phase of the work includes restarting the building's iconic waterwheel.

The waterwheel at the Hayden-Ford Mill Building in Tecumseh is pictured Wednesday. The sale of the building to business partners who plan to turn it into a banquet hall and restaurant has closed, and the new owners are planning to make the waterwheel operational again, Tecumseh City Manager Dan Swallow told the city council Tuesday.
The waterwheel at the Hayden-Ford Mill Building in Tecumseh is pictured Wednesday. The sale of the building to business partners who plan to turn it into a banquet hall and restaurant has closed, and the new owners are planning to make the waterwheel operational again, Tecumseh City Manager Dan Swallow told the city council Tuesday.

"They're very excited and want to get that wheel turning," Swallow said.

The Tecumseh Senior Center is expected to remain in part of the building.

Baker and council member Brian Radant complimented city staff for their work on the projects. Swallow said economic development director Kelly Jo Gilmore researched who might be interested in the Hayden-Ford building.

"This is a very exciting day to see those projects close and move forward," council member Brian Radant said. "…It will be exciting to see how that turns out. I think it will be very positive."

— Contact reporter David Panian at dpanian@lenconnect.com or follow him on X, formerly Twitter: @lenaweepanian.

This article originally appeared on The Daily Telegram: Sales of Herrick Hospital, Hayden-Ford Mill in Tecumseh closed