By Karen Goveia –At long last, signs of construction have begun to emerge on the land just south of Carefree Highway near the Sonoran Boulevard exit. Site improvements are underway on John C. Lincoln’s new 24-hour emergency center and medical offices, slated to open in the fall of 2013. The medical campus encompasses roughly 22 acres of the 80-acre property, originally zoned for an auto mall, according to the developer.
The new facility will provide closer access to immediate care for residents of the greater Anthem area and North Valley’s I-17 corridor.
“We are excited to move forward with developing our expansion to meet our community’s needs,” said Rhonda Forsyth, president and CEO of John C. Lincoln Health Network. “We plan to start with a free-standing emergency center, primary care offices and diagnostic imaging – including 3-D mammography. We will eventually expand to build a hospital and add medical office buildings in the future.”
Rob Bassett, assistant vice president at Macerich (Westcor’s parent company), said the developer closed escrow on the land Oct. 15. Since then, Macerich has been working to meet John C. Lincoln’s target of starting construction by the end of 2012.
“We’re bringing in infrastructure improvements, water, wastewater, dry utilities and underground utilities,” Bassett said.
Work by Macerich also includes a regional road network in the area, which includes the existing but unopened interchange at I-17 & Sonoran Boulevard.
Rumblings of a future Costco warehouse on the site are, so far, just rumor. Bassett said, once a frontage road is built, that will clear the way for development to begin on about 40 acres earmarked for retail and dining establishments. And, he said, possibly even an auto mall.
Twenty acres of the property has been designated part of the Sonoran Preserve.