Lexington Medical Center joins I-77 area expansion in Cayce

jholleman@thestate.comDecember 6, 2012 

Lexington Medical Center

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Health care has joined the mix of new development around Exit 2 on I-77.

Lexington Medical Center has purchased 10.4 acres off 12th Street near the interstate and plans to build an occupational health clinic there.

The two-story, 70,000-square-foot facility will include a Lexington Family Practice office as well as a walk-in clinic where patients who work in the nearby business corridor can see a doctor and quickly return to work. The facility will be directly across 12th Avenue from the entrance road to the new SCANA headquarters, joining the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center in the development called Otarre Pointe.

In addition to SCANA’s headquarters, the medical facility will be convenient to employees working at companies such as Amazon and Nephron Pharmaceuticals, both of which have operations in the new industrial park just across I-77.

“We wanted to provide services to help existing and potential employers there,” said Roger Sipe, Lexington Medical Center’s vice president.

SCE&G president Keller Kissam referred to the medical facility as “an anchor in the continued development of Otarre Pointe.” SCANA, the parent company of SCE&G, has cleared a 108-acre tract between the medical center property and the tennis complex for future development – expected to be a mix of offices, apartments and commercial buildings.

Lexington Medical Center already operates an occupational health facility, serving more than 300 businesses. The services offered in that facility in West Columbia will move to the new Cayce location.

The health care complex will be able to provide X-rays, CT scans, MRI exams and lab work. It is expected to require 64 full-time employees. Ground-breaking is set for spring 2013, and the facility should open early in 2014.

The Timmerman Trail, a paved walking path along the edge of Congaree Creek, runs along one edge of the medical complex property. The state-owned Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve is on the other side of the meandering waterway.

Lexington Medical Center pledges the construction and building design will be as kind to the environment as possible, following Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines, among the strictest green certification programs in the country.

Lexington County Health Services District, the public board that sets the agenda for Lexington Medical Center, bought the property from SCANA for $2.5 million in December 2011, according to Lexington County property records.

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