Dignity Health Medical Foundation broke ground Tuesday for a three-story medical office building in Citrus Heights.
The 68,000-square-foot building at Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive will house 50 physicians providing primary and specialty care services, including allergy, behavioral health, dermatology, endocrinology, family medicine, geriatrics, internal medicine, ophthalmology, optometry, pain management, pediatrics and rheumatology, according to a Dignity Health news release.
The office building is expected to open in spring 2019.
Dignity Health chose to build in Citrus Heights after running out of room to expand at its Coyle Avenue site in Carmichael. The building will be constructed on the site previously occupied by the Citrus Heights Civic Center and the Fountain Square Nursery. The city agreed to relocate to a new City Hall building, which opened last year.
City officials and business leaders welcomed the medical offices as an important step in Citrus Heights’ economic development.
“The new medical building will provide much-needed medical services to thousands of residents of Citrus Heights and numerous professional, technical and medical support-type jobs to our city,” Mayor Jeff Slowey said in a written statement.
The project drew opposition from residents who opposed demolition and relocation of the civic center, and who voiced concerns about increased traffic. The group Preserve Our Civic Center filed a lawsuit challenging the project. The lawsuit was settled in March 2016.
Panattoni Development Co. is the lead developer for the $30 million project.