UR Medicine's Orthopaedics project set to break ground

Updated: March 04, 2021 05:42 PM
Created: March 04, 2021 12:52 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — UR Medicine's project at Marketplace Mall will break ground within a couple of weeks, project organizers tell News10NBC.

URMC, and its construction partner, LeChase Construction gave News10NBC a tour Thursday of the now empty and gutted former Sears store. According to LeChase CEO Bill Goodrich, Wilmorite, which owns the mall, is preparing to hand over the keys to the company. Fences have already been set up around the site.

"The project itself will be renovating the interior spaces, then there's a four-story addition that going on so it's actually outside the footprint of the building," Goodrich said.

The $240 million project was first announced in 2019. At 330,000 square feet, URMC says it will be one of the nation's largest orthopedic campuses. It will offer ambulatory surgeries and other orthopedic services all in one spot, the only of its kind in the northeast.

"If their patients are in for a procedure, say it's sports-related, then we'll have Footlocker will be close to that space as well, so if they need shoes, that type of thing," Wilmorite's VP of Leasing Jonathon Dower said.

Wilmorite officials say this type of project will likely be duplicated across the country.

The project will open in three phases, with about 40,000 square feet of office space opening this summer.

The surgery center should be done by 2022, with a connected patient care tower set to be complete by 2023. The project is expected to create about 300 construction jobs.

One hundred staff members will move into the new offices as soon as this August.

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