Chester developer to build $10M neuro center on hospital campus

Neuroscience Center of Excellence site

Johnston-Willis Hospital and Emerson Cos. are building the Neuroscience Center of Excellence in Midlothian. (J. Elias O’Neal)

With the bulk of its tenants already in place, earth has begun to move on a local developer’s newest medical office building.

Chester-based Emerson Cos. has begun site work for the 50,000-square-foot Neuroscience Center of Excellence at 1011 Johnston Willis Drive, on the campus of HCA’s Johnston-Willis Hospital.

The development firm, led by George Emerson, bought the 3.75-acre parcel from Johnston-Willis in August for $1.2 million, according to Chesterfield County records.

Once the $10.5 million project is completed, Emerson Cos. will lease a portion of the building to Johnston-Willis and other medical practices, according to project manager Joshua Smith. Emerson Cos. will continue to own the building.

Plans call for the two-story center to house outpatient neurological services including a sleep lab, speech therapy, occupational therapy clinic and physical therapy, hospital spokeswoman Malorie Burkett said.

Several neuroscience physician practices will relocate to the future facility, including Neurosurgical Associates and Neurological Associates, Burkett said. Johnston-Willis Hospital’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinic and Pain Clinic also will move from the main hospital into the new center.

Emerson Cos. has secured 33,000 square feet in leases – mostly the result of its deal with Johnston-Willis Hospital, as well as the physician practices. About 17,000 square feet is still available for lease.

KBS is the general contractor on the project. Walter Parks is the architect.

Elsewhere in Chesterfield County, George Emerson is involved in at least two large apartment developments: the 385-unit Moore’s Lake Apartments and a 236-unit complex that will bring the first residential rooftops to Westchester Commons.

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