Joining the recent influx of development at Kuykendahl Road and FM 2920, the Houston Methodist Primary Care Group has announced plans to open a 7,000-square-foot primary care facility at the intersection that could house as many as six primary care physicians.
"Methodist is looking to be out in our community so we can create access points to deliver the right care for our patients," said Stephen Spielman, president of Methodist's Primary Care Group. "Certainly that area where we're building makes a huge opportunity for us with the population growth of course with the Exxon development coming in and the industry out in that area. We see that as truly a critical place for Methodist to put a primary care clinic."
Spielman said the building could be completed by the end of the year in the French Quarter development at 7111 FM 2920. The primary care facility could also see weekly visits from specialists, such as radiologists and orthopedic surgeons.
"Primary care physicians refer to specialists, and it's easier for the people in the community to bring the specialists to them," Spielman said. "It's easier for patients, and specialists like to get out into the community to build those relationships. So we think it's a win-win for everybody."
Joe Palumbo, owner of the French Quarter development, said French Quarter will feature five buildings upon completion, including 39,000 square feet of office space and the 14,000-square-foot, two-story salon building already housed there. Palumbo said he has received a lot of interest from medical and professional companies for office space there.
He and his father have developed land in the Spring area for 15 years and are also developing an office warehouse park nearby on Rhodes Road. He said the growth in the region along FM 2920 has exploded over the last three or four years since the economy has recovered from the recession.
"I've been out here since 1976," Palumbo said. "I used to live in Northampton. I used to drive from Northampton to Kuykendahal, and there was nothing out here but farmland. We always knew that 2920 was going to be a great potential road because it connects Tomball to I-45."
Palumbo credited the development evolution along FM 2920 to ExxonMobil's 10,000-employee campus being constructed near I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road and to the 4 percent office vacancy rate in The Woodlands.
"A lot of people in The Woodlands are coming out to this area to find offices," he said.
The intersection of Kuykendahl Road and FM 2920 has seen a lot of new development in 2014. Cinemark opened its Spring-Klein Theatre on Kuykendahl Road south of FM 2920 earlier this year, while Sprouts Farmers Market recently announced plans to open a 28,000-square-foot location at Kuykendahl and 2920 on Aug. 20.
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