Early 2023 projected for medical office building groundbreaking

Published 1:39 pm Wednesday, December 21, 2022

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By JOYANNA LOVE | Managing Editor

Efforts to bring a medical office building to Clanton, attached to Ascension St. Vincent’s Chilton but operated independently, are making progress.

The Chilton County Health Care Authority has two medical entities that have expressed interest in locating in the building when it is complete, according to board member Sibley Reynolds.

Reynolds said construction would begin “I really think within the first quarter” of 2023. Once construction begins, it should take 18 months to completion. Reynolds said the project had been awarded to a contractor, and general architectural designs are complete. Designs are being finalized to designate specific space for the two medical businesses that have expressed interest. Just how many medical offices will fit in the projected 25,000 square feet building will depend on how much space is needed by each.

The building is slated to be constructed next to the outpatient area of the hospital, which provides space to out-of-county specialists to rent.

“The whole idea is to get as many medical services based in our county as we can get to keep you from having to drive (out-of-county),” Reynolds said.

He said the building would also have some space available for those selling medical equipment, such as CPAP machines. Medical-related businesses interested in locating in the building would contact the Health Care Authority.

“We have self-imposed restrictions on the use of any of that property to only being health care related,” Reynolds said.

An additional restriction is that services for infants cannot rent space in the medical office building.

Any member of the Health Care Authority can provide more information to those interested in leasing space in the MOB. Reynolds can be contacted at 205-755-0311.