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Mountain View Medical Center to Get a Facelift

Credit: Town of Paradise Valley

By Adrienne St. Clair for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Mountain View Medical Center, LLC has submitted a proposal to the Town of Paradise Valley to redevelop the existing Mountain View Medical Center on the SEC of Tatum and Shea Boulevards into a new “competitive” healthcare complex

The current medical center was built more than 30 years ago, and the surrounding area has since seen extensive renovation. With that in mind, the owners are determined to redevelop their 9.79-acre property in order to “maintain the Medical Center’s future viability, and its ability to attract premier providers to Paradise Valley.”

Mountain View Medical Center now totals nearly 60KSF across six buildings. The proposal for the new center includes plans to increase the building area to more than 93KSF in a four-building arrangement. In the end, once the parking canopies and covered employee parking are factored in, nearly 25 percent of the lot will be covered. According to the proposal, plans are set to try to keep as much existing infrastructure, like driveways and drainage flows, in place as possible. There are also plans to reduce water usage by decreasing the number of grass areas and replacing them with desert friendly landscaping.

The project will be built in three phases, with the first phase opening as early 2019. The other two phases will be built over a six-year period, with the final phase anticipated to be complete by 2024.

“Each existing building will be demolished as part of its building phase and will be replaced with a new building(s) in approximately the same location as shown on the site plan,” according to the project narrative.

Phase 1 will total approximately 19KSF, while Phase 2 will be roughly 16KSF. Phase 3 is the largest, totaling approximately 58KSF.

The proposal includes a number of potential tenant types, nearly all of which are tied to medicine. Possible tenants include physician practices, dental offices, non-emergency veterinarian practices, behavioral health counseling and at least a dozen more. The proposal notes the building design will focus on a “straightforward organization of spaces” because, as the narrative notes, physicians’ offices, exam rooms and imaging spaces work best together if they’re arranged in a pattern.

No rezoning is necessary for this project. However, the owners are requesting a parking reduction of 47 spaces from the required 457 spaces. The reduction request is based on an evaluation of the current parking needs, parking at other comparable developments and the impact of rideshare use.

The owners are also asking for approval to allow tenant signage on exterior parapets. According to the proposal, this is an “absolutely critical” piece of the project. “Without building signage, many of these tenants will not even consider the location,” the narrative states.

Architects and engineers will work with town police to make the site safer using environmental elements like keeping site lines open, providing high quality locks and doors and creating clear pathways between buildings. The owners also promise to keep the property well-maintained.

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