Businesses planning to occupy parts of park
Crews broke ground on the Hinesville Professional Center on E.G. Miles Parkway at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The new office park, which will be across Highway 196 from Liberty Regional Medical Center, will house more than 63,600 square feet of retail and office space.
“We look forward to Hinesville Professional Center providing Liberty County with much needed office space to conduct business vital to our community’s continued growth. This project will also provide jobs and business opportunities for Liberty County at a time when that is more important than ever,” said Johnny Carnes, the project developer.
Whitman Pharmacy will move from its current location at 200 W. Oglethorpe Highway to anchor the office park. It will occupy 4,000 square feet of the 10,000-square-foot building, which is already under construction. The new pharmacy will be larger than the current store and will include new, modern equipment and fixtures, a larger selection of over-the-counter medications and gifts. The building is expected to be complete by next January. Jones Medical Equipment also will be relocating to HPC.
The office complex will be built on 7.27 acres and six of the nine planned office buildings will be two stories tall and occupy 7,200 square feet each. Two one-story buildings will each occupy 3,600 square feet and another will be 3,200 square feet. The entire park will have more than 300 parking spaces.
In addition to Jones Medical Equipment, physical therapist Jacques Beauchamp of Spine & Sport has agreed to move into one of the 3,600-square-foot units.
Carnes attended the ground-breaking along with Al Dixon, Alex Tucker and Jodie Tucker of Whitman Pharmacy and James Rogers from The Heritage Bank, which is financing the project. Carey and Alan Jones of Jones Medical Equipment attended, along with Kenny Smiley, director of the Liberty County Chamber Commerce, city council members, city staff and other business leaders. Hinesville Mayor James Thomas also attended.
Site work has gone on for months and developer John Carnes won’t be the only one pleased with the project.
“I think when we get through it and complete it, you’ll see this will be a place where people really want to be,” Carnes said. “[Hinesville] will really be proud of what we’ve done and what we’ve accomplished.”
By-passers saw land being cleared for the office park back in October. Roads, utilities and drainage for the seven and half acre office park are now complete and plans are to have the first building complete by the end of the year.
Whitman’s Pharmacy, Spine & Sport and Jones Medical Equipment are a few businesses set to relocate in the more than 63,000 square feet of usable space.
The project will include eight 7,200-square-foot office buildings and 11,500 square feet in retail buildings.
Whitman’s Al Dixon Carnes’ partner, explained they want to carry on “a great tradition of providing hometown, family pharmacy service here in this community.”
Moving from its building on Fraser Drive, Dixon said the 4,000 square foot pharmacy will now be able to have “all the modern conveniences we need in healthcare to be able to serve patients and yet still offer the same, old-fashioned, know-you-by-name,” service.
And the whole Hinesville Professional Center is at the right location, according to Kenny Smiley, Liberty County Chamber of Commerce executive director.
“What a great recruitment tool this will be to hopefully get some new physicians to the area –what a great incentive for them to come here,” Smiley said.
There is still space available for lease.