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Commission set to discuss senior living facility, Campbell Clinic expansion

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Germantown’s medical corridor was again a topic of discussion this week as two large projects were reviewed by the city’s Planning Commission.

A subcommittee meeting set for Wednesday afternoon was arranged to evaluate a new senior living facility at the northeast corner of Wolf River Blvd. and Germantown Pkwy. and the Campbell Clinic expansion just across the street.

Avenida Senior Living is scheduled for development on nearly 5.3 acres at the site of a demolished Walmart building. The property was rezoned for retirement housing last November by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

That same month, the Board of Zoning Appeals approved three variances for the property in order to limit the building height to three stories, allow surface parking in the front, side and rear yard setbacks, and four single story garages.

The “senior independent living facility” would be comprised of 162 rental apartment units for residents 55 years of age and older.

The project would consist of a 187,000-square-foot main residential building, 179 parking spaces, and three amenity areas (courtyard, pool and terrace).

The main entrance to the facility would be located internally and a majority of the site is proposed to be gated.

Greg Marcom of civil engineering company The Reaves Firm said the facility would be in an ideal location because of its proximity to two of the region’s largest hospitals – Baptist Hospital to the west and Methodist Hospital to the south.

“This area has since transformed from a commercial area into a thriving and robust medical gateway community for the city,” he noted. “Nationally recognized medical providers, such as Campbell Clinic, West Cancer Center, Stern Cardiovascular, Sutherland Cardiology Clinic and Baptist Rehabilitation are all located within a two-mile radius of this site.

“Proximity to medical care, entertainment, retail shopping opportunities and the parks and greenbelt system all make this a very attractive site for the facility’s active residents,” he added.

The Planning Commission will also review the proposed Campbell Clinic expansion on 15 acres at 7887 Wolf River Blvd.

The expansion includes a new 120,000-square-foot, three-story medical office building with 736 parking spaces.

The city’s Industrial Development Board recently approved an eight-year PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) for Campbell Clinic, which is set to build a the facility at its current location.

The $30 million development could add 185 new jobs in the next three years.

The deal will save the orthopedic group, which initially requested an 11-month PILOT, around $3 million in taxes.

Construction on the new building, which will be on 5 acres adjacent to the facility, could start as soon as this June.

The new facility is slated to include outpatient orthopaedic clinical space, expanded physical therapy and imaging suites and an ambulatory surgery center with eight operating rooms. An option to lease a portion of the new building to third-party tenants upon completion is also under development.

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