Residents were able to attend an open house for the Eastowne Medical Park last Thursday to learn about the mission of the project and its progress.
The UNC Medical Center started its new development project on Eastowne Medical Park in December 2018.
The main goal of the UNC medical facility is to expand its care footprint and introduce more care specialists to the area. An additional project is also being developed in Panther Creek in Wake County.
On Sept. 19, 2018, the project was approved by the Chapel Hill Town Council, who had been working on creating a plan that took consideration of all the shareholders and the community. The project is on a 48-acre piece of land at 15-501 and Eastowne Drive in Chapel Hill. Four buildings were demolished to make way for the new project, which will be six stories and also have a variety of medical specialties.
An infusion center, a diagnostic radiology suite and laboratory services will also be built. Other facility amenities will include a café kiosk and retail pharmacy for both the staff and patients.
Within the six story building, there will be 153,000 square feet of office space, while a 5.5 story parking deck with 580 parking spaces is also being built.
Alan Wolf, a media relations manager for UNC Health Care, said the project was a step to a greater plan with the Town of Chapel Hill.
“This project is really one piece of a much larger puzzle," Wolf said. "UNC Health Care is undertaking a pretty ambitious expansion in the Triangle, both in Chapel Hill and also in Wake County. It's all aimed at improving care and access to that care for patients and their families.”
Wolf said population growth has contributed to the need for more convenient access to medical care. With the population also aging, it was important to meet the demand for services and care that were close to home and easily accessible.