Intercoastal planning $6.5M medical facility at Lakewood Ranch

jajones1@bradenton.comFebruary 7, 2013 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Intercoastal Medical Group is moving forward with plans to develop a 25,400-square-foot, two-story medical office building at Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Rangeland Parkway.

The $6.5 million project, now working its way through the Manatee County approval process, could be completed as soon as December, said Fred Starling, Intercoastal's agent for the project.

That is contingent on getting approvals from Manatee County, and completing the land purchase from developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch. The land purchase is now in the due diligence phase, Starling said.

Intercoastal Medical Group has a lot of heft in the medi

cal community.

The association has more than 65 physicians in more than a dozen specialties, serving Sarasota and Manatee counties, according to the group's web page.

Specialties include cardiology, endocrinology, family practice, gastroenterology and internal medicine.

Intercoastal has six locations in Sarasota County, and operates in Manatee County out of leased space in a medical office building on the campus of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

Intercoastal would be consolidating its Lakewood Ranch operations on 2.93 acres north of State Road 70. Access to the site would be via Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. The property is south of Lost Creek Apartments, and east of Lakewood Walk shopping center, which is anchored by a Publix supermarket.

The space that Intercoastal will be vacating on the hospital campus is already spoken for by other practices looking to expand, a Lakewood Ranch Medical Center official said Wednesday.

It looks like clear sailing through the county approval process.

County staff members have found no areas of concern with the plans, and the 166 parking spaces proposed for the facility "are above and beyond county requirements," said Miles Gentry of Manatee Building and Development Services.

County approvals could come as soon as this month, Gentry said.

Construction could begin in March, Starling said.

County documents indicate that StanTec is the engineer for the project. The architect is FleishmanGarcia Architects and Planners.

James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee editor, can be contacted at 941-745-7021 or tweet @jajones1

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