BATH, Maine — Mid Coast Medical Group announced Wednesday that it would move its practice from the former Bath Memorial Hospital to a new, $6 million facility in downtown Bath.
Crews are scheduled to break ground on a new two-story, 20,000-square-foot building during this summer, and the building should open in early 2015, according to a release from Mid Coast Health Services.
The practice will move from the former Bath Memorial Hospital on Washington Street, which became the the subject of controversy when the city of Bath in May sold it to Phippsburg developer Robert Smith for $799,000, dramatically less than the $6.5 million assessed value. In October, Smith listed the property for sale at $1.65 million, but on Thursday, the listing showed the price has been reduced to $895,000.
By August, four of the five major tenants of the building said they would leave the building or were evaluating their presence there.
At the time, Mid Coast Health Services spokesman Steve Trockman said the organization would evaluate how it could create a facility in Bath similar to the new office it recently opened in Topsham.
“We are committed to staying in Bath for the long run. We are exploring all possibilities, current and new, for the practice location,” he said in August.
“Construction of this new practice space in Bath represents an important next step in Mid Coast’s commitment to our patients and to the health of our community,” Dr. Nancy A. Hasenfus, an internal medicine physician with the practice, said in Wednesday’s release. “Like our recently opened practice in Topsham, this space is being crafted to further improve the coordination of care and to facilitate seamless communication among the provider team. Designing a clinical space that supports patient participation in their care enables excellent health outcomes.”
The project will be developed by JHR Development, whose previous projects include Brunswick Station, where Mid Coast Hospital opened a new primary-care and walk-in clinic in 2011.
Mid Coast Medical Group will lease three-quarters of the space, according to the release. It was not immediately clear what organization would lease the remaining space.
Sketches by Maine-based architects Gawron Turgeon “indicate an emphasis on blending with the existing historic architecture of downtown Bath,” according to the release.