The newly opened Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton in South Hall will have a large healthcare neighbor across the street in the next year or so.
Grading is underway on the first phase of Highpoint Medical Center, a project being developed by Gainesville-based The Norton Agency.
The eventual 22-acre campus off Ga. 347/Friendship Road will be in Braselton on the Hall-Gwinnett line.
The $75 million project will feature several buildings totaling 250,000 square feet, trails built around a manmade pond, waterfalls, walking trails and dining areas, according to the real estate firm.
The pond “will be used for water circulation and some stormwater runoff,” said Frank Norton Jr., the company’s CEO. “In essence, we are building a small lake that will be fed by our own water source, a deep-water well. ... It’s part of our green program.”
The first phase involves construction of Building 100, a two-story, 40,000-square-foot home for the Braselton offices for The Longstreet Clinic and Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic, Norton said.
Upon opening, Building 100 will provide pediatric, obstetrics and gynecological, orthopedics, general surgery, neurosurgery, internal medicine, endocrinology, rheumatology, nephrology, pulmonary disease and imaging services.
Future expansion will include a full-service pharmacy and other health care services. A limited amount of additional space in Building 100 will be available to lease for other tenants.
The center’s first practices are expected to open in May or June 2016.
“We are excited about the Highpoint Medical Center’s development and its strategic position to serve our existing client base in this area of North Georgia,” said Mimi Collins, Longstreet CEO.
Emmett Forrester, CEO of Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic, said, “The Braselton market area is ripe for quality health care services and (the clinic) is excited to become an active player in this region.”
Economic and real estate observers predict a building boom, medical and otherwise, along Ga. 347, spurred by the April 1 opening of the 100-bed Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton. Also fueling growth is widening of Ga. 347 between Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway and Spout Springs Road. Ga. 347 widening between Spout Springs and Interstate 985 is set to be completed by Jan. 12.
Tim Evans, the chamber’s vice president of economic development, has said, “Not only will you have medical facilities (in the area), but also retail businesses that follow along right around them — pharmacies, restaurants, you name it.”
Norton agreed, saying the hospital “is a catalyst for long-term growth in the overall area.”