Lee Health continues to expand in Estero as it plans to open primary care medical offices near Hertz Arena in 2022.
The building would sit at the southern corner of Ben Hill Griffin and Everblades parkways as part of the Shoppes at University Highland development. Three other buildings, including a Starbucks and Stretchlab, make up the site.
Lee Health would lease a two-story building that is working its way through the Village of Estero application process. The developer is finalizing architectural plans before going before the Planning, Zoning and Design Board for approval. The Village Council will then take a final vote.
The office will be the first for Lee Health near Corkscrew Road and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. The health care provider wants a location closer to Florida Gulf Coast University and the growing area, Little stated.
“As a community-owned health system, Lee Health is committed to meeting the health care needs of our growing community,” Little stated. “This facility brings access to high-quality primary care closer to people’s homes and strengthens our efforts to provide convenient outpatient services in the ever-evolving health care landscape.”
Lee Health will lease the building from SREG University Highlands LLC. The developer is making small adjustments to the design after receiving critiques from the Estero design board. The board said small changes were needed, including window ornamentation and possible wall decoration.
“We’re trying to make (the building) complimentary by matching the building colors and window styles,” said John Conroy of South Real Estate Group.
The development has entrances from Highland Oaks Drive and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. A parking lot and outside landscaping is already in place. The four-building development began in 2017.
Lee Health Coconut Point opened in Estero less than three years ago, and the health care provider is looking to expand further into the Village.
“Given our region’s growth, both of these facilities will complement each other to meet the growing health care needs of the community,” Little stated. “Lee Health Coconut Point provides convenient access to quality care, and we aim to bring that same experience to other parts of our region.”
Source: Naples Daily News