Carolinas HealthCare plans operation at NC Research Campus

July 06, 2012

By Jennifer Thomas, Charlotte Business JournalLink to original article

Construction of a long-planned N.C. Research Campus facility to house some Carolinas HealthCare System operations is one step closer to starting.

Architects for campus developer Castle & Cooke North Carolina have submitted plans to Cabarrus County and the city of Kannapolis for a medical office building on the campus.

Carolinas HealthCare confirms it will be a tenant in the building, and it says the facility will house primary- and specialty-care practices tied to CMC-Northeast, its Concord hospital. Plans also call for an imaging center with CT, MRI, mammography, ultrasound, X-ray and bone densitometry operations.

The health-care system refers further questions about the facility to Castle & Cooke. The development company didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The research campus website says a 65,000-square-foot medical office building is planned for the biotech hub.

“It is great to see them moving ahead with their plans,” says Jonathan Marshall, deputy county manager for Cabarrus County. “Along with the recently opened Cabarrus Health Alliance building, this is another example of the synergy of uses at the research campus and surrounding area.”

Carolinas HealthCare was originally slated to share a campus building with PPD Inc. But PPD, a Wilmington-based contract-research organization, terminated its lease with the campus in mid-2009.

Construction could begin immediately once Cabarrus County approves the project, says Mike Legg, Kannapolis city manager.

City officials will review the site plans for engineering and zoning issues. Some construction easement documents have already been signed, Legg notes.

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