Mixed-Use Development and Medical Office Building Plans Announced
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The medical office building, located on the north side of Nunn Drive, will fill a considerable need for health care support and care within the community, helping this gateway area transition from a residential area into the mixed-use town center project to the south. St. Elizabeth is working closely with the development team as the planning for this building advances, and although the details of the services to be offered have not been finalized, St. Elizabeth plans to offer urgent care, primary care and specialty physicians at the Highland Heights location. In addition, OrthoCincy will be leasing a portion of the building for an onsite orthopedic office, physical therapy, and other emergent orthopedic services.
“There is a great deal of positive momentum throughout our region and particularly at NKU with the Health Innovation Center opening this summer. As northern Kentucky continues to grow in both residential and student population, the need for additional health services will grow along with it. This exciting development is just one more step in St. Elizabeth’s partnership with NKU to make northern Kentucky one of the healthiest communities in the country” said Garren Colvin, St. Elizabeth Healthcare President and CEO.
The development team is led by Fairmount Properties, a firm that specializes in creating high-quality, mixed-use “campus edge” developments across the country. Through a collaborative pre-development process, the development team is shaping the new town center to reflect the goals outlined in both NKU’s 2009 master plan as well as Highland Heights’ comprehensive plan. New retail, restaurant and hospitality amenities are planned for the district while the proposed residential units are being designed to appeal to area professionals, medical and graduate students as well as NKU faculty and staff.
“We are truly grateful to have been welcomed into this community to help execute a vision resulting from vital stakeholder input. Today’s exciting milestone is another step towards a shared goal and we are proud to be part of such a collaborative effort with our partners at NKU, the City of Highland Heights, Campbell County, St. Elizabeth and others throughout the community. From the beginning, it has been critical that this development reflects the community’s wants and needs,” said Randy Ruttenberg, Principal at Fairmount Properties. “There is more work to be done but there is a buzz around NKU and the energy in this region is contagious.”
“A town center at the intersection of NKU and Highland Heights will be another highlight in Campbell County and provide an additional destination for the region,” said Campbell County Judge Executive Steve Pendery. “There has been a lot of anticipation around what will be developed on this site, and I look forward to seeing this project take shape.”
Highland Heights Mayor Greg Meyers says that the town center project aligns with the city’s comprehensive plan and knowing that this development fits with the city’s land use goals helps to ease some minds in the community.
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The development team is continuing its leasing, planning and due diligence efforts, including a careful study of proposed development impacts associated with traffic, parking and other related considerations. A ground breaking for the initial phase of the development is expected in mid-2018.
For more information on NKU’s master plan, click here. To see more “campus edge” projects, visit Fairmount Properties’ website.