Phase 1 of the Chestermere Community Health Centre in Kinniburgh is well on its way to pening in 2014. Located on the south east side of Chestermere, this 22,000 sq. ft. building will be home to Alberta Health Services (AHS) which will occupy almost half of the entire space.
AHS will be relocating and amalgamating spaces currently located within Chestermere and Strathmore, and will now be under one roof in the new building. According to Don Stewart with Alberta Health Services, this will allow AHS to consolidate existing programs, including mental health, public health and home care in one facility.
AHS will take possession of the space in the early New Year and will begin tenant improvements as soon as possible, opening to the public in late 2014. The rest of the building considered to be Phase 1 will include a pharmacy, walk-in medical clinic, chiropractor, coffee shop, a preschool centre and retail space.
Phase 2, which will begin construction in spring of 2014 will be an identical sized building as phase one and is expected to be completed the following fall. It will have space for a lab and diagnostic imaging, a dentist office and optometrist, a daycare and more retail spaces such as restaurants.
Bob Gaidhar is the Director of Development and Senior Partner of Prime Developments and the developer of the Health Care building. He explains that despite many efforts, it was not possible to have the lab and diagnostics in Phase 1 of the project. “The lab and diagnostics companies are private entities and require a population of 20-25,000 people before they will consider leasing a space,” says Gaidhar but he adds that room will be left in the second phase to house it once the population justifies the addition…
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