Developer plans expansion for Farmington medical office building

Farmington Planning Commission members got a first look Monday at plans for Professional Pavilion, an expanded medical office building located on Shiawassee between Mooney Street and Orchard Lake Road.

The existing 25,000-square-foot building’s new owner, Jim Barnas of Contracting Resources, plans a 13,000-square-foot addition with dramatic changes to the parking lot and building entrances. The half-vacant building is under contract; the sale will be completed once additional leases are signed.

“The building was built in ’70s and purchased in mid-2000 by a real estate investment trust out of Milwaukee,” said Barnas, who is an architect “The building has actually kind of gone down in quality.”

Plans call for new landscaping, islands that will reduce the parking lot’s impervious surface, canopies over entrances, and a low retaining wall at the Shiawassee/Grand River intersection that will also identify the building.

Professional Pavilion

“The addition does bring a modern element to the existing building,” Barnas said.

Economic and Community Development Director Kevin Christiansen said the project was reviewed by the Grand River Corridor Improvement Authority (CIA). The property is located in one of four focus areas over which the CIA has jurisdiction.

“This is a cornerstone project,” he said. “This is a gateway for this focus area.”

Barnas discussed adding “welcome” and directional signage, Christiansen said. Commission chair Kenneth Crutcher asked whether he would consider some type of sculpture on the corner.

“We would consider anything,” Barnas said.