HCA Florida Healthcare acquires Baymeadows property for stand-alone emergency room and medical building

The system also wants to build a free-standing ER in Arlington, adding to its existing one at its main campus and three more in the area.

Baywood Center comprises three buildings along Baymeadows Road. HCA Florida Healthcare bought two of them for a medical development.
Baywood Center comprises three buildings along Baymeadows Road. HCA Florida Healthcare bought two of them for a medical development.
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HCA Florida Healthcare intends to develop a free-standing emergency center and convert other space into a medical office building at Baywood Center in the Baymeadows area.

Memorial Healthcare Group Inc., part of HCA, paid $6.06 million on June 22 for two two-story buildings of 26,047 square feet each on 3.51 acres at 9424 and 9432 Baymeadows Road.

A JEA service availability request shows that the project includes the demolition of the building at 9432 Baymeadows Road for development of a 10,860-square-foot free-standing emergency room. 

Plans show 10 exam rooms, diagnostic X-ray, laboratory and other space.

The building at 9424 Baymeadows Road is shown on a preliminary site plan as a future conversion to a medical office building.

Kimley-Horn of Jacksonville is the civil engineer.

“As a part of HCA Florida Healthcare, we are always looking to bring healthcare closer to where people live and work. This is especially important when it comes to emergency care,” said Odette Struys, public information officer of HCA Florida Memorial Hospital, in an email July 10.

She had no additional details.

The preliminary site plan filed with JEA for the HCA emergency center in Baymeadows. While the plan is labeled Pensacola, the map is of Jacksonville.

Memorial Healthcare bought the property from Acorn Baywood LLC, which also has a six-story, 119,019-square-foot office building on the property at 9428 Baymeadows Road.

Newmark Phoenix Realty Group CEO and Principal Jim Sebesta and Senior Vice President Jeff Frandsen represented the seller in the transaction.

Anthony Brunetti with Florida Medical Space Inc. in Coral Springs represented the buyer. 

Frandsen said Acorn kept the big building in the back “and we are steadily leasing it up.”

All three structures were built in 1985.

It is the second HCA Florida Healthcare ER that has surfaced in recent weeks.

HCA Florida Healthcare is exploring development of a free-standing emergency center in Arlington.

Memorial Healthcare Group Inc. applied to the St. Johns River Water Management District to review an application for an environmental resource permit for a center on 3.99 acres that the health care system bought May 26.

Memorial Healthcare Group Inc., based at HCA Healthcare headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, paid $1.111 million for the property. 

It bought it from SGRR LLC, which has members from Ponte Vedra, California and Wyoming.

The vacant and wooded site is west of Interstate 295 and next to the RaceTrac gas station and convenience store at 8240 Merrill Road. 

The property is across from Merrill Station Shopping Center, which is anchored by a Walmart Neighborhood Market.

Struys said June 21 the opening would be “most likely in 2024.”

The Merrill Road site is within the Renew Arlington Community Redevelopment Area, which is designated by the city for upgrades and renewal. 

The Rogers Towers law firm in Jacksonville applied to the city to rezone the property from Commercial Office to Commercial, Residential and Office.

Ordinance 2023-0368 was introduced June 13 to Jacksonville City Council.

It is scheduled at the Jacksonville Planning Commission on July 20 and at a Council Land Use and Zoning Committee public hearing Aug. 1.

Oneida Environmental of Jacksonville is a consultant.

HCAFloridaHealthcare.com says it has an emergency room at its main campus at 3625 University Blvd. S. and three full-service emergency rooms open 24/7: Atlantic Emergency at 11850 Atlantic Blvd.; Mandarin Emergency at 10910 San Jose Blvd.; and Julington Creek Emergency at 42 Doctors Village Drive in Saint Johns.



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