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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Jul. 20, 201612:00 PM EST

$25M River City rehab to be built near UF Health North


Construction should start in January on the $25 million River City Rehabilitation Center in North Jacksonville near the UF Health North medical complex.

Five Points Health Care intends to develop the 111-bed skilled-nursing center on almost 10 acres at Max Leggett Parkway and Owens Road.

The 80,000-square-foot structure should be completed in early 2018 and will employ 120 people, said Five Points Health Care General Partner Steve Sell.

River City Rehabilitation will operate across the street from UF Health North, which has opened a medical building and is adding a 92-bed hospital.

Sell said Tuesday the proximity is a convenience both for the center and the hospital.

He intends to talk with UF Health about serving as a preferred provider to offer short-term rehabilitation services for patients being discharged from the hospital.

He said being close to UF Health North provides peace of mind for patients and their families.

GAI Consultants filed site plans with the city for the project. It also shows a 1.66-acre outparcel in front of the nursing center that Sell said would be developed with medical offices.

He said the one-story rehabilitation structure allows more efficient management. Half of the rooms will be private and the rest will be shared, divided with partitioning walls. Each room will provide a shower.

There will be an extensive therapy room and two therapy courtyards, as well as an oxygen system built into the walls.

“People are coming into nursing homes more frail and with more acute diseases, and we want to be able to take care of those people,” Sell said.

The group also owns Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center along Armsdale Road in North Jacksonville and is developing the $20 million Branan Fields Rehabilitation Center in Clay County.

Both new centers will be managed by Health Care Managers Inc., which has been operating nursing homes since 1984 in the Jacksonville area. Sell is president.

Plans filed for Mayo destination center

Mayo Clinic’s proposed destination medical center building is under city and St. Johns River Water Management System review for construction on the health care system’s Southside Jacksonville campus.

It is part of Mayo’s expected $100 million investment in construction projects announced in March for its complex off San Pablo Road.

The four-story, 150,000-square-foot building is designed to start at four floors and have the potential for 11 more stories. It will be developed on 5 acres.

The initial structure will include two floors devoted to hematology and oncology care; a chemotherapy area; a floor for neurology and neurosurgery; and patient-care and education enhancements.

More than 126,000 patients are expected to visit the first year.

Mayo said in March it would begin construction this summer and be completed 18 months later.

Prosser Inc. is the project’s civil engineer.

Baptist MD Anderson building in process

Plans were filed for the nine-story Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center on Jacksonville’s Southbank.

The more than $150 million project is going up on 5.3 acres at 1301 Palm Ave., near Baptist Medical Center.

The more than 330,000-square-foot addition to the current center should open by mid-2018.

It will be built on two blocks directly across San Marco Boulevard from the Baptist MD Anderson center that opened in October 2015 in a renovated four-story, 100,000-square-foot building at 1235 San Marco Blvd.

When completed, the two structures will be connected by an elevated pedestrian walkway.

Baptist MD Anderson combines Baptist Health Jacksonville with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Treatments include medical, radiation and surgical oncology; imaging; infusion; research; and support services.

The contractor is a partnership between Jacksonville-based Perry-McCall Construction and DPR Construction’s Orlando office. HKS Architects Inc. and FreemanWhite, a Haskell company, are the design team.

Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. is the civil engineer that submitted the plans.

The site is bounded by San Marco Boulevard, Children’s Way, Palm Avenue and Gary Street.

BMW closing in on center

There’s still no official confirmation that the west Jacksonville speculative structure under review along Imeson Road is for BMW of North America LLC, but its description and progress continue to fit the parameters the automaker provided in March.

Houston Engineering Inc. of Conyers, Ga., submitted revised civil engineering plans with the city this week for the structure, which would start at just over 448,000 square feet and be expandable by another almost 167,000 square feet.

Now called the Imeson Road Spec 4 building, it is designed on almost 28 acres along Imeson Road, north of Forshee Drive. It’s next to Westside Industrial Park and the land has the same ownership.

No structures have been built on the 115 acres that are designed for the Spec 4 building and three other warehouses.

BMW said in March it would develop a more than $30 million, 450,000-square-foot parts Regional Distribution Center at 600 Imeson Road in Westside Industrial Park. It would replace the smaller center it now leases in that park.

A BMW spokesman said in March the company wanted to occupy the site in April 2017 and bring it to full operation the following October.

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