More than 50,000 square feet of medical offices comprise the latest new development planned east of Interstate 75 along Ohio 122 and the Middletown-Franklin Twp. border in Warren County.
The medical offices of Middletown Cardiovascular Associates would be located between Fenwick High School and the Renaissance residential development in Middletown, west of the town of Hunter.
The offices would also be across Ohio 122 from Atrium Medical Center in a stretch of other new development along Union Road and Ohio 122 east to the Interstate 75 interchange.
Already the stretch includes offices of the Casper & Casper law firm.
AK Steel is opening a new research center north of Ohio 122 on Union Road, just east of the interstate, and a YMCA and other commercial buildings have opened around the hospital and on Union Road.
The Middletown Cardiovascular practice plans to move from its main office in leased space in the former Hilltop OB-GYN office building, on McKnight Drive in the section of Middletown west of I-75 in Butler County, according to Rick Fishbaugh of Fishbaugh & Sons Construction.
The new offices would locate the medical practice in this fast-growing corridor in the part of Middletown in Warren County.
“If everything works out, I’d love to start yet this fall,” Fishbaugh said after a meeting Tuesday with the Warren County Board of Commissioners.
Construction is expected to take about a year.
Middletown Cardiovascular also has offices in West Chester.
Fishbaugh represented the medical practice at the meeting Tuesday.
The commissioners delayed approval of the plan after presentations from staff and the owner of the remainder of the 17.7-acre parcel, Dr. Syed Najeed.
Staff indicated up to three more medical buildings were planned for Najeed’s 9.4 acre parcel.
Most of the discussion involved the road layout and questions about management of stormwater that could flow into adjoining yards in the Renaissance development.
The commissioners directed an assistant county prosecutor to draw up conditions under which the plan for the 26,000-square foot office proposed by Middletown Cardiovascular would be approved.
The Renaissance development is just west of the property. The pool and clubhouse and a handful of homes are on adjoining properties.
In June, Middletown approved a second phase of 78 patio homes in the development.
Plans call for the medical building to share access onto Ohio 122 with buildings on Najeed’s property, although Najeed indicated he might also be granted a right-in, right-out access from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
“This may be the only full access into the property,” Kurt Weber, an assistant county engineer, said.
Fishbaugh also questioned the need for a pathway in front of the building, since no sidewalks are currently along the road.
“That seems a little excessive,” he said.