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Grading taking place at ProCare Park
Grading crews work on a site near ProCare Rx at Interstate 985 where a mid-rise building will be constructed.

Grading is underway, as expected, for the mid-rise building at ProCare Park, a 23-acre site on Candler Road at Interstate 985.

“As mentioned last year, we’d planned to begin development of the next phases of the office/retail park in 2013,” said Barbara Rambo, ProCare Rx’s chief financial officer.

However, she added, “we don’t necessarily have a definitive timeline on the building’s completion.”

ProCare Rx, a national pharmacy benefit management company that moved its headquarters to Gainesville last year from Duluth, has retained The Simpson Co. as its leasing agent for the six-story building, second office building/warehouse and retail areas, Rambo said last week.

Frank Simpson, The Simpson Co.’s president, couldn’t be reached for comment.

ProCare is looking for a tenant who can occupy 20,000 to 60,000 square feet, Rambo said.

I-985 motorists may have noticed the grading work off the Ga. 60/Candler Road exit, but work on the site also involves installation of new drainage pipes to support the new building.

“We have completed the grading on the office/warehouse as well as the rough grading on the retail area,” Rambo said.

The project has been long in development.

ProCare, founded in 1987, first announced its plans to come to Hall County in 2007. At the time, a spokesman said further expansion was needed because of “a need for a more centralized location.”

A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Nov. 9 at the park.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a guest speaker at the event, said the project not only boosts prosperity for the community and state but also shows how governmental agencies and private businesses can work together.

“What you’re doing is going to advance the prosperity for not only this community, but the state,” he said.

ProCare Rx bought the property after about six years of talks with county officials. The site had been a public park that had presented issues for area law enforcement.

The park does have one traffic issue — its main entrance is on busy Ga. 60 between traffic signals at I-985 and Calvary Church Road. Turning left out of the park can require patience.

“When we get a bit more critical mass of folks working in the office park, I’m certain that’s something that we’ll have to address,” Rambo said.

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