Golden anniversary: Sadler Clinic to develop new campus in north Conroe

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Celebrating its golden anniversary year, Sadler Clinic is set to expand with a campus that may become its largest.

Mercan City Place Development, a division of Conroe-based D’Agostino Companies, and Sadler Clinic have signed the first lease and are working to develop a 54-acre property at the northwest corner of League Line Road and Interstate 45. The first building (60,000 square feet) will house an urgent-care clinic, support services and doctor offices, according to a press release from The J. Beard Real Estate Company L.P., which represented Mercan City Place Development and Sadler Clinic in the lease agreement.

Mercan City Place Development was created a year ago specifically for this project, Chris D’Agostino, chief financial officer for the D’Agostino Companies, said.

“We’ve had a working relationship with Sadler over the last 12 months,” he said. “The concept is they want a place to develop a whole medical campus. It’s going to be a great building. It will employ a lot of people and be a nice tax base for Conroe.”

Future plans for the campus may include additional medical offices and supporting patient care activities, along with a variety of medical centers, according to a Sadler Clinic press release.

“The Clinic is excited about the opportunity to provide additional health care services to the growing population in Montgomery County and the surrounding area,” the release stated.

The League Line Sadler Clinic building, according to the release, is anticipated to house approximately 100 employees, with office space for 32 physicians. Services will include magnetic resonance imaging, X-ray, mammography and the urgent care clinic.

Neither D’Agostino nor Sadler Clinic officials discussed the terms of the lease.

Founded in 1958 by Dr. Deane L. Sadler, Dr. Walter Wilkerson and Dr. Irving Watson, Sadler Clinic has nine locations in Conroe, Willis, The Woodlands and Montgomery and employs more than 100 doctors and more than 700 health care professionals.

The first building is scheduled to be completed in August 2009, with possible additional buildings to come later, D’Agostino said.

“It’s imminent,” he said of future development of the site by Sadler. “We’re going to open discussions in the next 90 to 120 days. I would think we’ll probably do an additional building the following year after that (the completion of the first building).”

At this time, D’Agostino said, Mercan City Place Development is working only with Sadler on the site.

He also said a proposal for a tax incremental reinvestment zone would be brought to the Conroe City Council at its next meeting in August.

City officials have not analyzed data to determine what tax benefits might come from the development, which is in the city limits, according to Finance Director Steve Williams. Information about the development probably would come before council members in the next couple of weeks, he said.

A tax incremental reinvestment zone, he said, is a defined zone where the value of the property is frozen for an agreed-upon time. As improvements are made, any incremental value above the base property value would go to fund public infrastructure – such as lights, streets and water and sewer – in the area.

“It’s used to revitalize or encourage development in an area,” Williams said.

D’Agostino is excited about the project and what it means in terms of future growth in the area.

“It will bring in doctors, nurses and support personnel, so they’ll be highly educated and they’ll be buying houses in the area,” he said. “It will be good for everybody.”