Doctor's office, services sprout up along bypass

FORT MILL -- Completion of Fort Mill's northern bypass has convinced Carolinas Medical Center to build a physicians' office complex on about 13 acres at the northeast corner of Interstate 77 and Gold Hill Road.

The two-story, 40,000-square-foot building will be near Gold Hill Road in a 90-acre, mixed-use development planned by Merrifield Partners, a Crosland affiliate that handles commercial projects. Land currently is being cleared.

"There's been a lot of conversations about multifamily use further back from Gold Hill Road," said Ken Chapman, the Merrifield partner developing the project. "We've talked with a bank and a day-care center. With the traffic going back and forth on the bypass, it wouldn't surprise me if a coffee shop, a convenience store and other stores would be located along the bypass."

Although the northern bypass, named Springfield Parkway, probably will not be accepted by the S.C. Department of Transportation for several more months, it opened to traffic more than a month ago.

That influenced Merrifield's decision to go forward with the project now, Chapman said.

"The bypass puts it on the map," he said.

Merrifield is seeking permits to complete roads in the development and hopes to begin road construction in January. The property runs its length along I-77 and fronts on Gold Hill Road for about 1,000 feet, Chapman said.

CMC's facility will provide offices for physicians practicing both in both Carolinas, said Scott White, CMC's director of media relations.

"It will be quite close to the CMC Pineville facility at S.C. 51 and Park Road," White said. "The main CMC campus also is easily accessible about 12 miles up I-77."

CMC anticipates two or three different practices will share the complex, which will have the design of other physician office facilities CMC has constructed. CMC has applied for water and sewer permits, White said.