By Gillian Slade on December 31, 2016.
A multi-storey medical facility is planned for Box Springs Business Park.
The building will be constructed on Box Springs Blvd., east of Costco and across the road from a current strip mall. It has been designed as condominium units for doctors’ offices and more with underground parking, said BSBP partner John Hashem.
“What we’re hoping for is some pre-sales before construction would start. We’ve done the plans for it and it’s approved but it’s just a matter of sales,” said Hashem.
The need for improved medical facilities on the north side of the city hit home during the 2013 flood, said Bernie Leahy, Source 1 Realty, who is working on the project and handling sales. During that flood we came close to seeing the closure of all bridges across the river. That would have severed access to Medicine Hat Regional Hospital from people living in the north.
The long-term plan is to see an urgent care clinic attached to this medical building in Box Springs Business Park, said Leahy.
The location is easily accessible from Redcliff and the expansion of Medicine Hat is likely to move in a northerly direction, he explained.
“It is a very upscale building for physicians,” said Leahy.
The design of the building had to be aesthetically pleasing, said Jeffrey Garn, broker/managing partner with SMI Commercial Real Estate Medicine Hat office.
There will be three floors above ground and a parking garage below ground for condominium/unit owners. From the garage there is a private elevator for their use leading to a private corridor to gain access to the individual units, said Leahy. A covered drop-off area will provide protection from the weather for patients being dropped off at the entrance.
The building has been designed with 23 units but can be altered depending on the space required for each unit, said Garn.
Leahy says there has been an increasing trend of physicians wanting to own their offices rather than lease them.
This building would ideally include six or eight family physicians and a range of specialists. Leahy believes many of the family doctors likely to be interested are already in the city. The specialists would include some already recruited and due to arrive in the community in the coming months. There would also be a physiotherapy clinic, a chiropractor and dentist.
The vision for the urgent care clinic is to have it owned and operated by a group of physicians and it would potentially be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Leahy says it would be equipped to stitch up wounds, do X-rays, ultrasounds, laboratory tests and be able to triage someone having a heart attack. A pharmacy would also be on site.
For the project to move ahead to the construction phase about 13 “letters of intent” would be required from those wanting to own units. Leahy hopes to achieve this by the end of spring.
With easy access to the Trans-Canada Highway it is ideally positioned, and Leahy is hopeful the city will soon have regular bus service to the area as well.
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