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Rendering of planned Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio's new surgical facility. LESWEE

By W. Scott Bailey, San Antonio Business Journal

A key parcel of real estate in the South Texas Medical Center previously eyed by the San Antonio Medical Foundation and at least one out-of-state developer has been scooped off the market. Gastroenterology Associates of San Antonio has closed on the land at the corner of Hamilton Wolfe Road and Floyd Curl Drive, where it plans to construct a new surgical center.

Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio CEO April Donovan said the practice expects to break ground in May on the new facility, which will span more than 20,000 square feet and house six surgical suites. The new structure will replace the practice's current medical center facility at Wurzbach Road and Ewing Halsell Drive, which has half as many surgical suites.

"We will have state-of-the-art equipment and new technology," said Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio CEO April Donovan about the new structure.

The new center will also give the practice needed space to add more clinical physicians. And it could be part of a more comprehensive medical campus.

Gastroenterology Consultants, which currently has three clinical facilities, is also considering developing a medical office building next to the surgical center.

"It could be multiple stories," Donovan said, noting that each floor would likely contain roughly 10,000 square feet of space.

The size of the medical office building would be limited somewhat by the availability of parking on the site.

This is not the first time there has been interest in a medical office building at Hamilton Wolfe and Floyd Curl. In July 2007, a few months before the Great Recession rocked the U.S. economy, the Business Journal reported that Cary, North Carolina-based Oaks Development Group planned to develop a three-story medical office building spanning more than 100,000 square feet on the acreage now controlled by Gastroenterology Consultants. That project never got off the ground.

But economic conditions have improved and the pace of development in the medical center has been brisk in recent years.

Donovan said Gastroenterology Consultants conducted an extensive search for a new site before locking in the land at Hamilton Wolfe and Floyd Curl.

"It was over a year that we were looking at sites," she said. "We finally closed on this one in October."

Donovan said Gastroenterology Consultants ultimately selected the site at Hamilton Wolfe and Floyd Curl because of its proximity to hospitals in the medical center. The practice plans to break ground on the new surgical center in May.

"We hope to have the building open by July or August 2017," Donovan said.

W. Scott Bailey covers health care, tourism, sports business, economic development; he also plans and edits some special reports.


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