February 21, 2018

Developer envisions medical campus in Oxford's Quarry Walk

Submitted rendering
Submitted rendering
Ground will be broken soon for the three-story medical building at Quarry Walk, left. A two-story medical building, right, could be constructed at a later date.

Rain last week postponed the groundbreaking for a new 50,000-square-foot medical building in Oxford, part of the 300,000-square-foot Quarry Walk mixed-use development, but didn't dampen the developer's enthusiasm for what's envisioned to be a medical campus among housing, retail, restaurants, walking trails and a town green.

Griffin Health, parent of Derby-based Griffin Hospital, will anchor the three-story building, leasing about 13,000 square feet and offering offering primary care, imaging, diagnostic blood draw, cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy, according to Kathy Ekstrom, development manager for Seymour-based Haynes Development Co. and Ken Roberts, Griffin's director of communications and public affairs. Valley Orthopedic Specialists will lease about 5,000 square feet.

Ekstrom is talking with dental and pediatric practices for leases, as well, and is open to myriad other providers, including geriatric medicine, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, optometry, ophthalmology, OB-GYN, mental health, speech pathology and more to serve an Oxford community she said lacks a concentration of medical providers. She said Ekstrom is betting on a public demand for the convenience of various health services under one roof or in neighboring buildings.

"The more services we can provide under one roof, or it might be two roofs … the better," Ekstrom said.

If the new medical building fills, a second two-story building of about 22,000 to 25,000 square feet could be added, she said. The main building, expected to break ground in the next couple weeks, is scheduled for a fall completion.

An urgent care provider plans to take about 4,000 square feet in a separate building, between Verizon Wireless and Five Guys, and open late spring or early summer, according to Ekstrom, who said she was unable to name the provider yet.

Roberts, of Griffin, said the site was appealing for aggregating services where people live in a growing community and in an ideal location off Route 67.

"It's just another touchpoint for us in that area," he said.

The medical building is part of a roughly $80 million Quarry Walk development that's nearly half built and occupied, Ekstrom said. It includes a grocery store, bank, daycare facility, hardware store and other businesses and is approved for 150 residential units. Quarry Walk also hopes to open a YMCA, plans a dog park and more.

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