Novant demolition project involves six Medical Park buildings in NC

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A demolition project is underway for six medical-services buildings on the campus of Medical Park Hospital in Winston-Salem.

The two-story buildings are at 1900 Hawthorne Road, a 7-acre site adjacent to Bethesda Road and Maplewood Avenue.

They served for decades as medical and office space for healthcare providers primarily affiliated with Novant Health Inc., Medical Park Hospital and Forsyth Medical Center.

The project does not affect the hospital building on the Medical Park campus.

Novant, the owner of the Medical Park property, said in a statement it has relocated services from the medical buildings over several years.

The past two years, the buildings served as office space for employees.

“The demolition will take approximately five months to complete, after which the area will be landscaped,” Novant said.

“There are no current plans for new construction.”
The property had an appraised value of $10.6 million and property-tax value of $5.61 million, according to the county tax department.

Novant hired D.H. Griffin for the demolition project. A permit was issued by the City/County Planning Department on Jan. 24, and demolition work began in late January.

Novant said that demolition of the Medical Park medical buildings is not related to its realty arm’s recent $14.5 million purchase of the Sears retail space in Hanes Mall.

The system bought not only the 175,000-square-foot mall space, but also the Sears Auto Center building on an outparcel and the parking lots — altogether 16.72 acres.

Sears announced plans to close the store after 43 years on Nov. 8. It completed the closure Jan. 27.

Novant has not stated publicly its plans for the former Sears space.

It has said it bought the property as part of a long-term growth strategy.

By Richard Craver Winston-Salem Journal Feb 20, 2019

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