Construction is expected to start soon on a second single-story building at ProCare Park, a 23-acre site on Queen City Parkway/Ga. 60 at Interstate 985.
ProCare Rx, a national pharmacy benefit management company headquartered in the park, hopes to move into the building in the spring.
A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Friday morning on the 31,200-square-foot building, which will basically mirror the ProCare Rx building now in place at the park — except for size, as the first building has 42,900 square feet.
“It’s like that skinny younger sister,” said Barbara Rambo, ProCare Rx’s chief financial officer, who gave a tour of the property Tuesday.
The building will house some of the company’s 225-plus employees, with Rambo saying that space in the current building is getting tight.
“We are literally all the way back to the wall (in the first building),” she said.
The second building site is now serving as overflow parking for employees. That’ll end once construction begins, with employees having the option to park on a paved lot overlooking the first building.
ProCare Rx, founded in 1987, administers and manages the prescription drug benefits for millions of members, according to the company.
Clients include self-insured employer groups, hospices, workers’ compensation plans, insurance companies and other managed care organizations.
The company was based in Duluth before a move to the current site in 2012. Previously, the site had been a public park that had presented issues for area law enforcement.
Property was graded in 2013 to accommodate what would be a six-story, 132,000-square-foot building, but a tenant hasn’t been secured.
“It will come when it’s time,” Rambo said.
Also, the 23-acre site features space for retail development.
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.
Tim Evans, vice president of economic development of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, recalled how talks with ProCare Rx started in 2006.
“That park has been an incredible redevelopment of blight,” he said. “ProCare has participated in beautification at the (I-985) interchange — a lot of new plants went in this fall. (The site) just looks better and better all the time.”