Feature Photo (above): The South Texas Bone & Joint headquarters at 601 Texan Trail. The physicians group plans to build a new three-story hospital near Crosstown Expressway and Holly Road. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Corpus Christi (Nueces County) — South Texas Bone & Joint obtained consent from the Planning Commission for a zoning change that would allow construction of a new three-story medical office building.
The request was brought before the commission Jan. 9 by Orthopaedic Associates of Corpus Christi PA (the medical group that South Texas Bone & Joint was formerly known by). The zoning change would convert an undeveloped site from single family residential use to neighborhood office and commercial uses. The land has been in use for agriculture, mostly sorghum.
This is a 12.8-acre site with an address of 6001 Crosstown Expressway, a few blocks south of Holly Road and adjacent to the recently completed new Los Encinos Elementary School of the Corpus Christi School District. The new campus opened August 2017.
According to the application, there are three tracts of land in play and each has an irregular shape. However, the boundaries recorded with the application for the Tracts (1, 2 and 3) do not match the boundaries for the land recorded with the Nueces County Appraisal District. The appraisal district lists three Tracts (A, B and C) of equal rectangular shape and area; each is 12.8 acres.
There are three landowners, so the physicians group is collaborating with two other owners for the future development. The landowners are 2413 Memorial Parkway LLC (a holding of South Texas Bone & Joint); Charles L. Kosarek Jr. of George West, and Irving, Texas-based Dane Casey Holdings LLC.
“South Texas Bone & Joint plans to continue a 40-plus year commitment to advanced, sub-specialty surgical care by expanding to the property located along the Crosstown Expressway between Holly Road and Saratoga Boulevard,” the city staff summary to the commission states. “Development plans include an 80,000-square-foot, three-story medical office building bordered by a 24-hour Emergency Room.”
That would put the building on a scale with the physician group’s headquarters facility at 601 Texan Trail. South Texas Bone & Joint also has four clinics in the region; the clinics include one near Spohn South, as well as one each in Portland, Beeville and Alice.
The boundaries submitted on the application propose a new hospital will utilize land from Tract 1 of a three-tract development. The gray portion not included within Tracts 1, 2 and 3 is owned by the physicians group and was rezoned for neighborhood office in a separate application, according to Andrew Dimas. Image: Google Maps and graphics by Adolfo Pesquera.
The 6001 Crosstown Expressway property will house South Texas Bone & Joint’s orthopedic physical therapy, rehabilitation and diagnostic imaging and musculoskeletal ultrasound care, represented by nine surgeons, two primary care sports medicine physicians, seven mid-level physician assistants, and orthopedic nurse practitioners.
“Included in the building will be a full service state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center with advanced robotic and digital technologies. The hours of operation will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with late evening and lunch-hour appointments available on select days as well as Saturday morning options.”
Andrew Dimas of the city’s Development Services office said there will be three zoning changes–a distinct change for each of the three lots. Tract 1 is the largest and would provide the neighborhood office zoning necessary for an MOB. Tract 2 would be Commercial Neighborhood 1 and allow for retail/restaurant uses on a lot facing the frontage road. Tract 3, a triangle lot, would get a commercial zoning that restricts retail to smaller stores.
The property is not yet platted. No site plan was submitted, but when submitted it will have to provide for buffer zones for a drainage easement and landscaping.