A new two-story medical facility is coming to Chicago Ridge, offering pulmonary, thoracic and cancer care to residents from throughout the southwest region.
Sana’a Hussien, a local attorney representing the developers, explained at the Chicago Ridge Village Board meeting on Tuesday that a group of doctors affiliated with Advocate Christ Hospital, Little Company of Mary Hospital and Palos Community Hospital plan to have offices and treatment facilities in the center.
The Village Board gave its final approval on Tuesday for the $15 million-$17 million development plan for the as-yet unnamed facility, which will be built at 10604 Southwest Highway.
“I’m very excited about this. It is extremely beneficial for Chicago Ridge and the surrounding area,” said Mayor Chuck Tokar.
“When will they break ground?” Tokar asked.
“They can start tomorrow,” said Hussien. “The plans have been ready for a year. All they need now are the permits,” she said.
“I’ll bring a shovel,” joked the mayor.
Hussien said after the meeting that construction will begin in the spring, with the center slated to open in 2017.
Tokar pointed out that the 40,000 square-foot facility is being built on vacant land just east of Harlem Avenue, in the Harlem Avenue TIF District.
“The increment on taxes is going to mean a lot. It is a big difference in what is being collected now on vacant land. It will mean some jobs too,” he said.
He said that with the Chicago Ridge Nursing Center already located next door at 10602 Southwest Highway, and the Davita dialysis center nearby at 10511 S. Harlem, “we’re getting a nice mixture of medical facilities in that area.”
Hussien said that pulmonology services will be based on the first floor of the center, which will open into a two-story lobby with a water feature, coffee shop and outdoor patio. A retail pharmacy and shop will also be included, as well as exam rooms and offices.
She said cancer specialists will be based on the second floor, where infusion bays for patients receiving chemotherapy treatments will look out on the wooded area nearby.
Patients will also be able to get blood drawn onsite, rather than having to go elsewhere.
“They expect to draw clients from throughout the area, probably from as far away as Burr Ridge,” she explained, noting that the center will be open to everyone, not just patients of the doctors involved.
At the request of Trustee Jack Lind, Hussien said that when jobs do become available at the center, the application information will be shared and posted on the village website so residents can apply.