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In the Know: New medical offices planned in North Naples

Tim Aten , tim.aten@naplesnews.com; Published 6:06 a.m. ET March 27, 2017 | Updated 6:20 a.m. ET March 27, 2017

Two new medical office complexes are planned off Immokalee Road east of Interstate 75 in North Naples.

Southbrooke Medical Center is planned just east of Valewood Drive on more than 5 acres of undeveloped land on the south side of Immokalee Road. The proposed construction project includes two nearly 20,000-square-foot buildings for medical use, Collier County development records show.

Each of the identical one-story buildings is proposed to have 11 units ranging from 1,601 to 2,189 square feet, the site plan shows. The inline buildings will both front Immokalee Road and be built 30 feet apart by Naples-based Phoenix Associates of Florida.

Ground is expected to be broken soon for Southbrooke Medical Center. Construction will start once the project is 50 percent pre-leased, said Bill Young, senior associate for CRE Consultants, who is looking to sign medical and office tenants.

“We’re not too far off now,” Young said. “We have medical, dental, general practice and office uses lined up.”

The tree-covered acreage was rezoned in November 2015 from estates residential to a commercial planned unit development zoning district to allow the project to be built. A swath of native foliage will be preserved between the rear of the development and Autumn Oaks Lane, a residential street to the south that runs parallel to Immokalee Road, the site plan shows.

The sole entrance into Southbrooke Medical Center is proposed from Immokalee Road to line up with the existing Executive Drive on the north side of the road, plans show. Turn lanes off Immokalee Road are proposed for both eastbound and westbound traffic.

Plans also show that 210 parking spaces for the medical offices will be divided between the north and south sides of the buildings. Medical offices require one parking space for every 200 square feet of building compared with one for every 300 square feet of general office space, according to the county’s land development plan.

An unrelated development project by Equity Inc. recently broke ground on a 9,950-square-foot freestanding office building to be built on a corner lot on the north side of Piper Boulevard near the intersection of Airport-Pulling and Immokalee roads.

The property at 1035 Piper Blvd. is on the corner of Cypress Way East that was part of the parking lot space for the former Naples Dinner Theater, which closed a decade ago after an eight-year run. The new one-story commercial building will be built between The Lockup self-storage building and a medical office building with units for dentistry, dermatology, oral surgery, prosthetics and weight loss.