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Jax Daily Record Friday, Mar. 2, 201805:45 AM EST

Former Goodwill store on Blanding could become ChenMed

It would be the third area location for medical center that serves senior citizens.

ChenMed, which plans to open a Dedicated Senior Medical Center in the Regency area of Arlington and in Northwest Jacksonville, appears to have chosen a third location.

A Goodwill store at 6841 Blanding Blvd. in Southwest Jacksonville was sold Jan. 17 to TH Jacksonville 6841 Blanding LLC of Santa Monica, California. 

TH Jacksonville 6841 Blanding shares the same address as TH Jacksonville 3059 Edgewood LLC, which bought a former ABC Liquors store in Northwest Jacksonville to develop a ChenMed Center.

The 11,000-square-foot Goodwill store was built in 2004 on 1.38 acres. 

Karen Phillips, chief operating officer of Goodwill Industries of Northeast Florida, said it was one of the nonprofit’s first stores. Goodwill is working with a developer to build a new site to allow for more parking, a larger production room and a donation drive-thru that is visible from the road.

The first identified site for ChenMed is in Arlington. CBJ Construction Inc. is the contractor for the 13,500-square-foot build-out at a cost of $600,000 at 9420 and 9422 Arlington Expressway in the center of the Regency Pointe shopping center.

The property owner is Sandor Development. The business owner is Chen Central Florida Holdings of Miami Gardens.

In Northwest Jacksonville, a Dedicated Senior Medical Center is planned in the former ABC Liquors at 3059 Edgewood Ave. W.  No contractor is listed for the $400,000 build-out of 9,452 square feet. 

The property was sold Feb. 6 by Orlando-based ABC Liquors Inc. to TH Jacksonville 3059 Edgewood LLC for $1.2 million. The building, on 1.94 acres, was developed in 1961.

The city is reviewing site plans for construction of that ChenMed center. The developer is Turner Impact Capital LLC at the Santa Monica address.

David Hillegas, senior associate of brokerage services at Cushman & Wakefield, represents ChenMed. He declined to comment on ChenMed’s Jacksonville site search.

Dedicated Senior Medical Centers are operated by ChenMed, which calls itself a leading provider of value-based care for seniors. 

It previously posted a job opening for a primary care physician in Jacksonville for a professional in internal or family medicine with responsibilities that include geriatric assessment.

Current Jacksonville jobs posted on ChenMed’s site show openings for market clinical manager, a nurse leadership position; referral manager; associate network director; center manager and center manager specifically for Arlington; ultrasound technician; and cardiologist.

ChenMed says it is a Medicare Advantage provider that brings concierge-style medicine to low- to moderate-income seniors, most of whom are managing multiple chronic conditions.

Additional services on-site include digital X-ray, ultrasound and acupuncture, it says.

ChenMed was founded by Dr. James Chen, a Taiwanese immigrant and cancer survivor. It provides care to seniors, particularly those enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Kentucky and Virginia.

It operates in urban areas in 10 U.S. markets in six states through 42 senior medical centers.

Locations are in Atlanta; Chicago; Louisville, Kentucky; New Orleans; Richmond and Tidewater, Virginia; and Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Lakeland and Miami-Fort Lauderdale.

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