Columbia St. Mary's Launches First Phase of New Hospital Project

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Milwaukee, Wis., April 8, 2005—Columbia St. Mary’s is pleased to announce plans to construct a five-story medical office-retail complex—the first phase of the health system’s new Lake Drive Campus. This June, construction will begin on the Columbia St. Mary’s Prospect Medical Commons. The complex will occupy two acres on the corner of Prospect and North Avenues (the former lot of Heiser Ford).

For the retail space, Columbia St. Mary’s has signed an agreement with Whole Foods Market to bring the leading natural and organic grocery store to Milwaukee by November 2006. Whole Foods Market will occupy the first floor (54,000 square feet) of Prospect Medical Commons.

The four upper stories (96,000 square feet) of the complex will be used for medical office space for about 70 physicians including Columbia St. Mary’s Community Physicians (CSMCP) and other independent physicians. The medical office building is expected to be open in January 2007.

Complete plans for Columbia St. Mary’s Lake Drive Campus project will be announced this summer with groundbreaking in the fall. This project, designed around the needs and comfort of patients and families, promises to transform health care in southeastern Wisconsin. The project will be completed in 2010.

“We’re excited to launch the first phase of our new hospital project, a project that we anticipate will become one of the most innovative hospital projects in the nation,” said Leo P. Brideau, President and CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s. “As part of the project, we’re also very pleased to partner with one of the nation’s leading grocers to provide wholesome, nutritious, and organic food for those we serve on our new Lake Drive Campus and throughout the community.”

“Whole Foods Market has a long-standing commitment to health and nutrition, and we think Columbia St. Mary’s and Whole Foods Market are a perfect fit,” said Patrick Bradley, Midwest Regional President for Whole Foods Market. “More and more, people are realizing that food in its purest state—unadulterated by artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings and preservatives—is the best tasting and most nutritious food available. Whole Foods Market’s partnership with Columbia St. Mary’s will provide yet another opportunity to promote a healthy lifestyle throughout the area.”

A five-story parking structure will provide additional parking, which will be available after hours for visitors to the surrounding business district. Whole Foods Market will offer 160 parking spaces underground for its customers, and Columbia St. Mary’s will have 307 aboveground parking spaces for patients and visitors.

To ensure an attractive transition to adjacent neighbors, Columbia St. Mary’s leaders consulted with City of Milwaukee staff and elected officials, local businesses, and other citizen groups, Brideau said.

"I welcome Whole Foods to Milwaukee and believe the development at this site will enhance the neighborhood, as E. North Avenue continues to add daytime destinations to its vibrant evening attractions," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

The Columbia St. Mary's Prospect Medical Commons development will be truly catalytic for the E. North Avenue commercial corridor,” said Jim Plaisted, Executive Director of the East Side Business Improvement District. “The impact of the medical office development and the signing of Whole Foods Market as the retail tenant will have positive ripple effects throughout the neighborhood and Milwaukee’s East Side."

The Columbia St. Mary’s location will be Whole Foods Market’s first store in Southeastern Wisconsin and second in the state.



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