U of C plans large medical clinic in Orland Park
By Mike Nolan email@example.com May 15, 2014 7:40PM
The Ninety 7 Fifty on the Park apartment building is west of property at the northwest corner of LaGrange Road and 143rd Street in Orland Park where the University of Chicago Medical Center plans to build a four-story medical facility. Both are part of the village's Main Street Triangle project. | Mike Nolan~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 17, 2014 2:37PM
University of Chicago Medicine will build a 120,000-square-foot medical clinic east of Orland Park’s upscale Ninety7Fifty on the Park apartment complex under an agreement approved by village trustees Thursday night.
The U of C would lease about 3.5 acres at the northwest corner of LaGrange Road and 143rd Street for the medical building, which would offer services such as radiation oncology treatment and orthopedics, according to the agreement.
What was approved Thursday was a letter of intent between the village and U of C, the initial step in the approval process. Final plans for the building also must be approved by village trustees, and the project has to go before the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, which will determine if it meets a medical need in the southwest suburbs.
The four-story building would have a CVS pharmacy on the ground floor, and a 580-space parking garage is also planned. The agreement between the village and U of C calls for the parking garage to be open to the public at no charge during evenings and weekends.
The village said the hospital’s investment in the project would be $61 million.
In addition to its medical complex in Chicago, U of C Medicine operates medical clinics in the suburbs, including in Flossmoor, New Lenox and Palos Heights in the Southland. The Orland Park facility would be the university’s largest outpatient care center and be “much more comprehensive” in terms of services offered, said Marco Capicchioni, U of C Medicine’s vice president of facilities planning, design and construction.
“We think it’s (Orland Park) a great location for us,” he told trustees prior to their vote, adding that the center would be “critical to the further development of” U of C’s outpatient care network.
The clinic is expected to employ more than 100 people, and Mayor Dan McLaughlin said they would be “much-needed higher-end jobs” compared with retail jobs.
The medical building would be the next phase of Orland Park’s Metra Triangle redevelopment, which includes the 295-unit apartment building that opened a year ago. The village, in a controversial move, provided $62 million in financial support for the project through the sale of bonds, with those bonds being repaid from rents.
The 143rd Street Metra station is part of the 32-acre Triangle property, a portion of which was formerly the site of Orland Plaza. Most of that strip mall has been demolished, with the exception of the former Marquette Bank branch, which is due to come down.
Two years ago, the village hired HSA Commercial Real Estate to market the Triangle to commercial users. The Chicago firm was behind the successful redevelopment of the Orland Park Place mall, directly south of Orland Square Mall along LaGrange Road.
With the development of the medical center, about 13 acres in the Triangle would still be available for development.
Under the agreement, Orland Park would lease for 25 years the property that U of C plans to build on, and after that time period the university would own the site. The village anticipates a $25.5 million direct benefit, but that would amount to $18.1 million in actual lease revenue over the 25-year term after taking out costs the village will incur.
Orland Park will share with U of C in the cost of building 100 parking spaces south of a proposed restaurant that would be south of 142nd Street and directly west of LaGrange Road. The village also expects to spend about $1.2 million extending utilities and extending Jefferson Avenue north to 142nd Street to the west of the medical building.
Tim Blum, managing director of HSA’s retail division, said the restaurant would be a national chain “that typically targets upscale communities such as Orland Park.”
The village also will send representatives to the International Council of Shopping Centers convention that begins Sunday in Las Vegas. The hope is that the agreement with U of C will persuade retailers to consider the Triangle site. Blum said having evening and weekend access to the parking garage would be an incentive for restaurants.
McLaughlin said having the medical building could encourage other restaurants to open in the Triangle.
“Restaurants like the idea of a built-in lunch crowd,” he said, noting that not just employees of the building but patients and their families could patronize them.
The medical clinic will offer services such as MRI, CT scanning and ultrasound and is considering offering cardiology, pediatrics and women’s health services, according to the agreement between the village and U of C Medicine.
Before the end of the month, U of C will file an application with the state health facilities board, but it’s unclear how long the review process might take. Capicchioni said U of C hopes to have the medical center open by mid-to-late 2016.
He said the company has done studies showing that, despite the number of hospitals and clinics in the southwest suburbs, demand for specialty medical care is poised to outstrip available resources.