By Seann McAnally
Grandview officials have announced that a new medical office building project is in the pipeline.
The 20,000 square-foot, multi-tenant building is planned for the intersection of 150 Hwy and Byars Rd. Developers expect to break ground late this year and have the building ready for occupancy in November 2011.
The project is the first new medical office building in Grandview in over 25 years. The single-story $4.5 million building will include primary care physicians, specialty physicians and a full-time pharmacy.
City officials say that’s a welcome addition to Grandview.
“The new Grandview medical project represents the opportunity to provide additional healthcare services for Grandview residents and the surrounding community, particularly in view of all the planned and potential growth in this part of the city,” said Cory Smith, city administrator. “This type of development will further enhance the overall quality of life in our community.”
The building plans include space for three “healthcare tenants,” including primary care physicians, specialty physicians, and the pharmacy. At a Board of Aldermen work session in July, Steve Bessenbacher, of LadCo Development, said the Hickman Mills Clinic had plans to move into the building.
About 15 physicians, two pharmacists, and some 35 support staff are expected to work at the new facility.
“We are particularly fortunate to have that many quality jobs coming to Grandview in these economic times,” said Alan Kenyan, director of economic development for the city.
The facility will be located near the current site of the Jackson County WIC clinic, which provides services for low-income mothers and children. Bessenbacher said WIC clinic would have to be moved, so that the building could be torn down to accommodate the new health clinic.
Alderman Jim Crain expressed concern that local residents still had access to a WIC clinic nearby.
Kenyon said the developers are assisting WIC officials in finding another Grandview location, possibly one on a public transportation line.
The developer will seek tax incentives from the city. The Board of Aldermen in August passed an ordinance that allowed the city to begin working on some form of tax abatement, though details are yet to be worked out.
Kenyan went on to outline a vision for what city officials are calling the “New Grandview Triangle.” This area of burgeoning economic development is defined roughly as 71 Highway--which is to be designated as I-49 in 2012, the CenterPoint Zimmer and new NNSA/Honeywell plants at 150 Hwy and Botts Road, and the Sunrise Farms residential neighborhood and its new commercial tax increment financing district along 150 Hwy.
Alderman Leonard Jones said in July he welcomed the new health care facility project.
“This is exactly the sort of thing we hope to see out here,” he said.