Long-planned Henderson health care complex poised to break ground

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They’re years behind schedule, but developers of a colossal Henderson wellness care project say they’re generating progress on their plans and acquiring prepared to create.

Political leaders and businesspeople strategy to collect Oct. 8 for a ceremonial groundbreaking of Union Village, the proposed $ 1.two billion, 155-acre hospital, retail, entertainment, workplace and senior-housing project on Galleria Drive in between U.S. 95 and Gibson Road. Invited guests consist of Gov. Brian Sandoval, Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen and the developers.

The project — by a group of Southern California investors, like a former Irvine mayor who now runs the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Ohio — is slated to be constructed in phases over the next decade or so. Utilities installation, road-widening and other work are expected in coming months, developers said.

The initial phase would consist of a 214-bed hospital by Universal Well being Solutions, a 45-bed extended-term acute-care hospital, a 120-bed skilled-nursing facility and about 300 units of senior housing — along with a 65,000-square-foot fitness center, 150,000 square feet of healthcare office space and 125,000 square feet of retail.

Developers aim to full that phase by the end of 2016, project partners Craig Johnson and Gary Holland stated. Their group would commence creating the second phase in 3 to 4 years and the third and final phase in seven to eight years.

Union Village Master Strategy

Even though building financing remains out of attain for several developers, Johnson and Holland stated they’re lining up funds. Some contractors have invested in the project, and developers are reviewing financing offers for the acute-care hospital and the skilled nursing facility. They stated they’re in talks with developers and lenders for the very first phase of senior housing and program to start talking with lenders early subsequent year for the retail.

Gretchen Papez, spokeswoman for UHS’ neighborhood hospital network, Valley Wellness System, mentioned building of its hospital will begin in late October.

If all goes as planned, Union Village will be a densely packed website with medical services, shopping, recreation and senior housing with amenities ranging from an interactive science center to a movie theater. But because its unveiling in spring 2011, the project has resembled many other folks that get pitched in the Las Vegas Valley: A blockbuster genuine estate plan that promised large spending and job creation but went nowhere.

Hampering its efforts: The St. Rose Dominican hospitals network had agreed to construct a 214-bed hospital to anchor the project, but parent business Dignity Wellness backed out in February 2013, citing a lack of financing.

Valley Well being announced in January that it would build at Union Village as an alternative.

“That took some significant scrambling,” Holland mentioned.

Components of the valley are overbuilt with hospitals, but the southeast can deal with yet another facility, mentioned Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS, a medical-industry advocacy group. Nearby competitors consist of 119-bed and 230-bed hospitals, each run by St. Rose Dominican.

Moreover, Union Village’s exclusive design is poised to succeed, Geinzer said.

To reduce charges, insurance carriers want individuals quickly discharged from hospitals, so patients are entering skilled-nursing or other follow-up care in worse health than in years past, he mentioned. A lot of also want assisted living.

Union Village would provide all that on a single campus, generating it less complicated for medical doctors and other providers to coordinate care.

“It makes sense,” Geinzer mentioned.

Still, some aspects of the project appear more most likely to struggle than others, like its anticipated 350,000-400,000 square feet of healthcare office space.

Medical doctors and other health care workers cluster close to hospitals, but all round, the valley’s health-related-office marketplace is struggling with low asking rents and empty buildings.

By midyear, the market’s vacancy rate was almost 20 % and landlords sought $ 2.15 per square foot in rent. Development is largely at a standstill, as well, as no new healthcare-workplace space has been completed locally since late 2011, according to Colliers International.

Henderson officials and Union Village developers unveiled the project in April 2011. They mentioned it would create 17,000 jobs and pitched it as the country’s very first “integrated health village.”

“This could be the project that gets us booming again,” Hafen said.

Two months later, project partner David Baker — the former Irvine mayor who now runs the football hall of fame — mentioned building was slated to start off among December 2011 and April 2012.

But Union Village has been stuck on the drawing board.

The project internet site, across from Cowabunga Bay Water Park, is a sprawling, mainly dirt lot. A lot of it has been smoothed out, but the inner core is rocky, muddy and littered with trash. A pond has formed with a small island popping out and with birds flying about.

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Developers of Union Village, the proposed $ 1.2 billion hospital-retail-residential project on Galleria Drive at U.S. 95 in Henderson, plan to hold a ceremonial groundbreaking Oct. 8. Above, the project site pictured Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.

The city of Henderson bought the internet site in the early 1990s for a sports complex that never ever materialized. City officials sold it to Union Village’s development group on Jan. 22 of this year for $ 13.7 million. An hour later, the investors sold a 30-acre chunk, as planned, to Valley Overall health Method for $ 9.9 million.

The entire site had been appraised at $ 30 million, but city leaders in June 2011 authorized selling at a large discount, as the developers had been expected to spend about $ 17.five million just filling a big gravel pit on web site.

Regardless of the groundbreaking subsequent month, at least a single aspect of the project has an uncertain future.

The Henderson Space and Science Center, for instance, has been slated to be built at Union Village, on 5 acres set aside by the developers.

The center’s internet site says it will be built there. But when asked if that is nonetheless in the works, Johnson and Holland laughed and mentioned they didn’t know.

“It’s type of had a life of its own,” Holland stated, with out elaborating.

The museum’s only listed staff member, development specialist Jeanne Hamrick, did not respond to a request for comment.

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