$3.5M medical facility coming to Bethlehem

By - Last modified: August 31, 2012 at 9:54 AM

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St. Luke's University Health Network of Bethlehem is breaking ground in a few weeks on a new medical facility near Eaton and Eighth Avenue in Bethlehem. The 13,000-square-foot building will rise next to the St. Luke's Dialysis Center and across from CVS Pharmacy on Plaza Drive, said Susan Ross, director of marketing and public relations for St. Luke's.

St. Luke's plans to move its existing neurology practice into the one-floor building and complete construction by March 31, 2013.

Bethlehem attorney Dennis Benner is the developer for the $3.5 million project.

He described the location as "very easy to get in and out of for patients and said it is located in the center of the marketplace."

Howard Kulp is the architect for the project, Jim Eck of Quadratus Construction Management is the construction manager. St. Luke's is leasing the property and the project is financed through the developer, said Ross.

Eventually, Ross said St. Luke's would like to put in a rehabilitation center, balance center and neurodiagnostics facility in the building. The neurology practice would be the first site to open in the building on Plaza Drive. In addition to the dialysis center, St. Luke's also has a Heart & Vascular Center located in the commercial/retail plaza near Martin Tower.

Benner said there is room in the plaza for one more building that could be erected in front of the new neurology practice.

Though he said he does not have a tenant in place, he described the location as space for an anchor building in "a dominant presence, one with a high profile, possibly office condos, only because of its high impact location."

Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it. Brian also has a strong interest in health and fitness. He works part-time as a personal trainer at Steel Fitness Riverport in Bethlehem and earned his personal fitness trainer certification from World Instructor Training Schools. He loves to run and will be competing in his first half-marathon on Nov. 23 to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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