A future UNC REX Healthcare office building near the corner of Avent Ferry Road and N.C. 55 Bypass will be a story taller than originally planned as demand for medical services in Holly Springs and surrounding areas increases.
On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the Holly Springs Town Council unanimously approved amending the development plan for UNC REX’s Holly Springs campus to allow for the larger office building. The entire campus serves not just Holly Springs residents but also residents nearby in Fuquay-Varina and Lillington.
The facility, which would be the second office building at the site, would be about 45,000 square feet, more than doubling the available office space on the campus.
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“The expansion is needed to meet increasing demand for new medical services in the region, driven by a fast-growing and aging population,” said Tommy Williams, vice president of ambulatory services for UNC REX, in an email. “The expansion will enable us to provide local residents with even more medical specialties as well as greater access and convenience, without the need to travel long distances for important care.”
Duke Realty will develop, finance, own and manage the new medical office, which will be entirely leased by UNC REX. UNC REX spokesman Alan Wolf said they expect to break ground in early 2017 with an anticipated completion date of December 2017.
This would be the second phase of the project. UNC REX’s Holly Springs campus already holds a 30,000-square-foot office building, which opened in December 2011. The building houses numerous medical services, including REX Express Care of Holly Springs, REX Pediatrics, REX Primary Care and UNC Ophthalmology.
Several of the practices, including REX Surgical Specialists and REX Primary Care, already have expressed an interest in expanding to the new office building to handle their increasing volume of patients, Wolf said. New practices like REX Pulmonary Care, REX Sleep Lab and new locations for REX Pain Management Center also are expected.
Next year, UNC REX plans to move forward on the future 50-bed community hospital. Architectural design could take about a year with construction to take up to two years, Wolf said.
“After that, we would certainly consider further growth as demand continues to increase,” he said.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608, @KTrogdon