CHARLOTTE— If all goes according to plan and a proposal is approved, there could be a new Novant Health hospital in Ballantyne by 2023.
The hospital is slated for 15825 Marvin Road on an existing property belonging to Grace Christian Church. The church is selling only part of the land, which they’ve owned since 1997, and will still operate out of their current building. The site is zoned only for religious uses, but it is being rezoned in order to allow the hospital.
According to a Novant Health spokesperson, the 161,000-square-foot medical center will have 36 beds, two operating rooms and a dedicated C-section operating room. The campus will have access points from Highway 521, as well as Marvin Road and Providence Road West.
Novant filed an application with the Department of Health and Human Services and is still awaiting approval. The expected investment is $154 million.
“Novant Health is committed to improving the health of our communities throughout Mecklenburg County and beyond. In order to deliver on this commitment, we must ensure acute care resources expand to reach our growing suburban populations. Simply put, we must meet patients where they are,” the spokesperson said in an email message. “A hospital in the Ballantyne community will make vital services more accessible and convenient for residents who may otherwise feel the care they need is out of reach.”
“If this property had been rezoned (and there was movement by some developers) to a mixed use development with hundreds of apartments and retail ervices the impact on schools and traffic would have been untenable,” Eschert said. “Medical facilities are among the top considerations (along with schools) in the decision-making process with most homebuyers and certainly with those relocating here.”