A medical supply company is almost ready to sink its teeth into a 400,000-square-foot Chesterfield industrial development.
Chicago-based Medline is under contract to purchase about 65 acres at Meadowville Technology Park with plans to begin construction on a new distribution center before the end of the year, the company confirmed Tuesday. The development, codenamed “Project Bulldog,” will sit across from the massive Amazon fulfillment center and will replace Medline’s current facility in South Chesterfield.
“We’re excited to expand our presence in the Richmond area with a new state-of-the art distribution center to better service our healthcare customers,” Medline president of global operations Bill Abington said Tuesday in a prepared statement.
Abington said the company plans to break ground on the facility this year and expects to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2014.
The building will include 404,200 square feet. The company will move out of its current location at Enterchange at Walthall in South Chesterfield once the new site opens.
Medline spokesman John Marks said the company expects to finalize the purchase of the land next month. He said Medline does not disclose the purchase price of its acquisitions and declined to comment on the amount the company would spend to build the new facility.
Some initial site work at Meadowville is underway, according to a 59-page request for proposal package distributed by Medline to potential contractors.
Project Bulldog has quietly worked its way through the Chesterfield planning department. Alan Coker, a senior planner with the county, said the project has been granted “substantial approval,” meaning the applicant is close to final approval from the department.
Chesterfield’s Department of Environmental Engineering is still reviewing the project’s application for a land disturbance permit, but Coker said the applicant could begin clearing a portion of the site now.
Chesterfield Economic Development also has a pending application with the state Department of Environmental Quality for a permit to allow the filling of wetlands at the Project Bulldog site. A site map submitted to the Department of Environmental Quality by Timmons Group on behalf of Chester Economic Development shows a planned road that will connect Enon Church Road and Meadowville Technology Parkway on the southern edge of Medline’s property.
Meadowville’s master plan also calls for a similar 400,000-square-foot building just north of the site for Medline’s proposed building. Both prospective buildings are within an area identified in the RFP as the “Medline Parcel.”
The land is owned by Chesterfield Economic Development, which serves as a master planner of sorts for the 900-acre technology park. Director Will Davis declined to comment on Project Bulldog or Medline’s involvement.
Medline, which sells more than 350,000 products from bandages to hospital beds to rubber gloves, will join the 1 million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center and a recently completed $150 million Capital One data center at Meadowville.
Colliers International broker David Williams said that utility and infrastructure improvements have allowed Meadowville to capitalize on an uptick in industrial development.
“They have what’s often referred to as ‘sites ready to go,’” he said. “I think the market came in that direction, and the path of progress kind of caught up with [Meadowville].”