A microhospital originally scheduled for construction this spring at South Market Street and Gettysburg Pike in Upper Allen Township isn’t happening as planned, the property’s owner and real estate broker confirmed this week.
In November, NXT Harrisburg was in the process of purchasing and consolidating two commercial zone properties into a 2.93-acre lot for a new 19,722 square-foot freestanding microhospital and a 3,983-square-foot building suitable for leased office space.
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NXT Harrisburg LLC of Addison, Texas, a division of Nutex Health, planned to operate the facility at 147 and 151 Gettysburg Pike, the current site of Maggie’s Italian Ice and Custard and a private home. The land purchase was expected to become finalized after developers obtained necessary permits, project engineer John Murphy of Alpha Consulting Engineers said in November.
Property owner John Eberly verified Feb. 27, however, that a contract between him and Nutex for the pending land sale expired on Jan. 31. Realtor William Gladstone of NAI CIR also said that the contract between Nutex and Eberly “no longer exists.”
Eberly received notification about the expired contract in a letter from Nutex, but the document didn’t state a reason for the termination, he said. “Whatever the reasons, Nutex didn’t share them with me,” Eberly said.
Nutex refused comment when asked about the development plans on Feb.22. Murphy said on Feb. 21 that he wasn’t aware of the status of the land sale.
Upper Allen Township manager Lou Fazekas said last week that township officials also were unaware of any changes with the sale. “We have not heard. The facility requires special state permits that may just be taking longer than usual,” Fazekas said.
In August 2017, the Upper Allen Township commissioners conditionally approved a final subdivision/land development plan for the Mechanicsburg Mircohospital at South Market Street and Gettysburg Pike.
The Mechanicsburg Microhospital was expected to offer the full capacity of a standard emergency department and observation unit, including emergency procedures, CT scans, bedside emergency ultrasound, X-rays and a full clinical laboratory.
Nutex Health is a consortium of licensed 24/7 stand-alone emergency facilities and hospitals with care provided by board-certified physician teams. For now, all operational Nutex facilities are based in Texas, but a map on the company’s website indicates that sites are planned in 16 states besides Pennsylvania.
Nutex Health’s website solicits ER doctors to invest in new health care facilities, with Nutex providing support to physicians who are both operators and financiers of new microhospitals and freestanding ERs.
“Our philosophy is simple: by providing physician investors with the tools, resources, and management services needed to build their emergency facility, we allow for a higher and more proficient level of care,” Nutex says on its site. “We deliver a turn-key process which includes providing equipment, design, licensing, and accreditation.”
Eberly said his properties remain on the market for now. “I’ve been approached by other developers who said they’re interested,” he said.
Maggie’s move postponed
After “a busy fall and winter of ups and downs,” Maggie’s Italian Ice in Upper Allen Township isn’t moving after all, its owners announced this month.
The frozen treat venue will remain at its current rented location at 147 Gettysburg Pike for at least one more year, Maggie’s owner Chuck Sterling said this week. Maggie’s opens for the new season Thursday.
“We are definitely going back for a year. Everybody’s happy. There’s a lot of happy families that didn’t want to see us go. Thank goodness we didn’t already move anything,” Sterling said.
Last fall, Sterling and wife Debbie planned to move their business to a rented site at an existing strip mall in Silver Spring Township because of the pending land sale of the Gettysburg Pike site. Sterling said he doesn’t know why the land sale was canceled.
“It was quite a surprise to us, too,” he said.