EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Construction could begin next year on a new two-story building at the AtlantiCare Health Park on English Creek Avenue.
The township Planning Board granted approval for the work at its October meeting and was set to confirm the decision Monday.
There are already 10 buildings at the park near English Creek and the Black Horse Pike. They include a surgery center, an urgent care center, a cancer treatment center, offices for other services and AtlantiCare corporate offices.
The proposed two-story, 48,000-square-foot building would house outpatient surgery on the first floor to accommodate a growing demand for orthopedic/musculoskeletal procedures, AtlantiCare spokeswoman Jennifer Tornetta said.
There is no specific plan yet for the second floor. Tornetta said it would be “shelled space for future health care service needs.”
Tornetta said she did not have a cost estimate for the project, stating it was still in the initial planning stages.
“Pending approvals, construction could start in 2018,” Tornetta wrote in an email. “This surgery center would complement the services we provide at the existing AtlantiCare Surgery Center in the health park, as well as our surgery centers in Cape May Court House and Little Egg Harbor.”
The application amends a previously approved plan. According to the Planning Board’s posted agenda, the original site plan approval in 2003 included new buildings totaling 170,800 square feet, and a 34,600-square-foot health club. The application approved last month combined the plans for three of those previously approved buildings into one.
Township Administrator Peter Miller said the board unanimously approved the application.
It has been just more than a year since AtlantiCare cut the ribbon on the first two buildings of a new health park in Manahawkin. According to information from AtlantiCare, the Egg Harbor Township park was the company’s first to follow the health park model, which staff members said occupies retail areas convenient to the community.
Work started on the Egg Harbor Township site in 1999, according to the company.