Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems plans $5.25 million medical office building

Posted Aug. 09, 2013, at 2:43 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 09, 2013, at 10:02 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine Medical Center needs more room for its primary care providers and that room could be provided through a $5.25 million medical office building project located off of Maine Avenue.

“We’re doing more care and [our practitioners] need more space,” said Joel Farley, facilities administrator for EMMC. “We’re increasing our level of action with patients, particularly with those managing with chronic illness.”

Under the deal, which the City Council will consider during a meeting Monday night, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems would purchase from the city 2.4 acres of land in the Maine Business Enterprise Park, known as Lot 8A, for $183,000, according to Tanya Emery, interim director of Economic and Community Development for the city. The plot is adjacent to Northeast Cardiology Associates.

EMHS would then build a 30,000-square-foot, two-story medical office building, which would help Eastern Maine Medical Center house a growing number of physicians and nurses, according to Farley. EMHS expects the project will cost about $5.25 million.

“We’re constantly looking at what the community needs in terms of care,” Farley said, adding that the hospital is actively courting more practitioners to meet the needs of Maine residents.

EMHS has agreed to make an annual payment in lieu of taxes equal to 30 percent of the property value once it’s built and assessed.

“We are extremely proud of the relationship we have with [Eastern Maine Medical Center] and EMHS,” Emery said. Steve Bolduc, a Bangor business development officer, brokered the deal between the city and EMHS.

“The healthcare segment of our economy continues to grow in Bangor,” Emery said.

Farley said construction could begin as early as this year and be complete by late 2014 or early 2015 if the project gets support from the city council and the permitting process goes smoothly.

He said EMMC is still working out details about how many providers would be housed in the building and exactly what services will be located there.

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