Bon Secours Richmond is doubling down on its investment in the city’s East End, where plans for a new medical office building remain on track.
The hospital system is in the planning stages for a 25,000-square-foot office building along Nine Mile Road, on a 1.2-acre block in front of Richmond Community Hospital.
The building, which is projected to cost about $8 million, will be solely funded by Bon Secours, spokesman Michael Wallace said. No construction timeline or estimated completion date for the building has been released.
The Richmond Planning Commission earlier this month approved the rezoning of 16 properties along Nine Mile Road and North 26th and 27th streets for the proposed complex. The city council approved the rezoning at its meeting on Monday.
Bon Secours paid a total of $410,000 for the 16 parcels, according to city property records. Closing dates for the transactions were not listed.
Wallace said Bon Secours is sorting through details about the building’s future use but plans to place about 75 full-time workers in the two-story complex.
As it readies that project, the hospital system is also preparing to open its long-anticipated Parsley’s Center for Healthy Communities building at 2600 Nine Mile Road.
Community stakeholders, local representatives and Bon Secours Community Hospital members broke ground on the former gas station property last spring.
The $1.5 million, 4,500-square-foot building will house a coffee shop run by local nonprofit Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT), a commercial kitchen run by Bon Secours’ Building Healthy Communities Initiative, and a community room for public use.
Wallace said a soft opening is pending, with facility tours planned for this fall. A grand opening for the public is planned for early 2017.