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A rendering of the Baptist Medical Center North emergency department and imaging center.
Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Aug. 16, 201612:00 PM EST

Baptist Medical Center North emergency department and imaging center to open in September; medical office building in February


Baptist Health intends to open its Baptist Medical Center North medical campus starting in late September with a freestanding emergency department and imaging center.

A medical office building is expected to open in February to house primary care and specialist physicians’ offices, which the health system says will provide North Jacksonville families “a one-stop destination for a wide array of care.”

The project is under development at northeast Dunn Avenue and Interstate 295. Its address is 11250 Baptist Health Drive.

Baptist Health says the budget for that phase is $35 million to $37 million.

The emergency department and imaging center is 34,000 square feet and the medical office building is 60,000 square feet.

According to Baptist Health, the Baptist/Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center will be open 24 hours a day, offering 16 treatment rooms, a separate waiting room for children, child-specific medical care from pediatric specialists, a Life Flight helipad and an on-site ambulance.

It said pediatric emergency medicine physicians affiliated with Wolfson Children’s Hospital are available during peak hours.

The three-story medical office building will include a YMCA and a Healthy Living Center, which is an effort between Baptist Health and the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast, on the first floor.

Baptist owns a 107-acre site, but not all of it can be developed because of wetlands. About 40 acres have been cleared for the first phase.

The property is envisioned for a second phase, although Baptist Health Emergency Services administrator Darin Roark said no decisions have been made for that phase.

A concurrency application filed recently with the city outlines a second phase that shows another 120,400 square feet of uses.

Roark said the concurrency filing was made at the city’s request to continue holding the reserved capacity. Concurrency requires that a proposed development’s impact to public infrastructure can be absorbed by the public facilities.

Those capacities cover expansion of the emergency and imaging facility with an ambulatory surgery center; a second medical office building; a retail-office building; and three restaurants.

The R-A-M Professional Group is the civil engineering agent.

Meanwhile, a foundation permit is in review for the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center addition at 1301 Palm Ave. on the Southbank, near the main campus of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville along Prudential Drive.

DPR Construction of West Palm Beach is shown as the contractor for the foundation at a project cost of $5.1 million.

The foundation will support a nine-story, 332,000-square-foot ambulatory care facility with a 259,000-square-foot parking garage.

The more than $150 million project, on 5.3 acres, should open by mid-2018.

It will be 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 walkway.

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.

A permit was issued June 29 for partial site demolition, clearing and grading at 1316 San Marco Blvd. at a project cost of $850,000.

In addition, Baptist Health is expanding its Baptist Medical Center South campus.

Baptist also is working on a master plan for the Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville campus that includes a new parking garage. Designs for that are scheduled for presentation Aug. 25 to the Downtown Development Review Board.

Hillwood, Pattillo projects filed with St. Johns River Water Management District

Hillwood Investment Properties and Pattillo Industrial Real Estate filed plans with the St. Johns River Water Management District for large West Jacksonville projects.

Hillwood, the master developer at AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center, submitted plans for a 507,000-square-foot speculative warehouse on 35.4 acres at Waterworks Street and New World Avenue.

No tenant is identified.

Prosser Inc. is the civil engineer.

Pattillo is building a 448,043-square-foot warehouse distribution facility along Imeson Road near its Westside Industrial Park. No tenant or user is named, but it is expected to be the proposed $30 million center for BMW of North America LLC.

BMW has announced plans for a 450,000-square-foot Westside Industrial Park center to replace a smaller one it leases there, but has not confirmed the Imeson Road building is the location.

Houston Engineering Inc. is the civil engineer.

Both projects are under city review.

Costco fueling station in review

Costco Wholesale Corp., which already submitted an application to build a West Jacksonville warehouse club, has applied for a permit for an eight-island fueling facility at the 7935 Parramore Road project.

At $914,458, the fueling station will accommodate 16 vehicle positions.

The construction cost of the nearly 155,000-square-foot warehouse club is $11.7 million.

Costco, based in Issaquah, Wash., has not provided information about the project, saying it is company policy to not comment about future locations.

Retail notes

• Wawa earned approval for a St. Johns Town Center location. The St. Johns River Water Management District approved an Environmental Resource Permit for a 2.16-acre site at The Crossing at Town Center for development of a Wawa gas station and convenience store. The applicant was landowner PGP Jacksonville TC LLC, part of the Preferred Growth Properties real-estate subsidiary of Books-A-Million Inc. Pennsylvania-based Wawa intends to open its first five Jacksonville stores by the end of 2017.

• First Coast Energy is closer to redevelopment at 5640 San Jose Blvd., where it now operates a Shell service station. Jacksonville-based First Coast Energy LLP wants to open a 4,500-square-foot gas station and convenience store on the site under its Daily’s banner. The location is at San Jose Boulevard and the University Boulevard West extension. It’s one of several new Daily’s opened or planned along the Hendricks Avenue and San Jose Boulevard corridor.

• LA Fitness might soon find space to build at Old St. Augustine Plaza in Mandarin. Landlord Regency Centers L.P. applied for a permit to demolish 22,000 square feet at the center to make way for construction for LA Fitness. Realco Recycling Co. is the contractor for the almost $75,000 demolition job at 11250 Old St. Augustine Road. The permit to build the structure shows a construction cost of $5.5 million.

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