Northside Hospital has applied with Gwinnett County to build two 100,000-square-foot medical office buildings near the Mall of Georgia.
The hospital system is under contract to purchase 20 acres at the northwest corner of Buford Drive and Rock Springs Road in unincorporated Gwinnett.
According to a statement from Northside, the two four-story buildings would be built in two phases and will offer a variety of physician practices and outpatient services.
A timeline for the project has not been set yet.
Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System merged earlier this year, and the combined system has hospitals in Cumming, Atlanta, Canton, Duluth and Lawrenceville.
“Many Gwinnett County residents use Northside Hospital for their health care,” Debbie Mitcham, CEO of Northside Hospital in Gwinnett and Duluth, said in a statement. “With other developments underway and nearby shopping and entertainment, we want to ensure access to care where our patients live, work and play.”
A 1.6 million-square-foot mixed-use development, called The Exchange at Gwinnett, is planned for the lot across from where Northside wants to build.
Northside sees a need for medical services in the area, according to its application with Gwinnett County.
“Based on market analysis, Northside believes there is a need for this amount of medical office space in this area of Gwinnett County,” the application reads. “Providing more options for medical services for County residents closer to their homes and workplaces can enhance patient opportunities and reduce traffic congestion.”
The Gwinnett County Planning Commission will vote on rezoning and a building height increase for the facility at its Dec. 3 meeting. The limit on building height for the area is 45 feet, and Northside is asking for an increase to 65 feet.