Morganton Road medical campus

Architectural renderings of the new Pinehurst Surgical Clinic and Pinehurst Medical Clinic buildings proposed in the Morganton Park North development. Courtesy of Koontz Jones Design

A modified layout for the proposed medical campus in the Morganton Park North development was tentatively approved by the Southern Pines Town Council on Tuesday.

The collaborative project between Pinehurst Medical Clinic and Pinehurst Surgical Clinic was initially reviewed and greenlighted last fall; however, the updated preliminary development plans shift the side-by-side 40,000 square foot buildings to separate tracts that front to Morganton Road.

Land planner Bob Koontz, of Koontz Jones Design, spoke on behalf of the applicants during the quasi-judicial public hearing. The meeting was held remotely in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.

The two-story buildings will have complimentary architectural features to provide a sense of continuity. The parking areas will be accessible from an extension of Pavilion Way and a new connection road to be called Patriot Way. The number of proposed parking spaces exceeded town standards, requiring a waiver exemption.

“The renderings are pretty close to what we expect will be the final appearance,” Koontz said.

Pinehurst Surgical Clinic’s new facility will include an extension of its surgical services and provide medical office space, plus an Urgent Care Center that will provide immediate care for all specialties.

“We are extremely excited to bring some of our services from Pinehurst Surgical Center to Southern Pines. Having a presence with PMC is such a great partnership,” said CEO Charles Gregg. “We are looking forward to having some convenience on the west side of town.”

Similarly, PMC’s new facility will provide medical and office space for its providers in primary care and select specialty medical services.

“Pinehurst Medical Clinic is very excited about our medical office building project planned in the Morganton Park development,” said CEO Brandon Enfinger. “We are very appreciative of the support we have received from Southern Pines and look forward to building a facility that will best service our patients and medical providers for years to come.”

In other action during Tuesday’s meeting, the Southern Pines Town Board:

Approved preliminary development plans for two new projects in the Southern Pines Corporate Park on Air Tool Drive. As presented, LKC Engineering plans to construct a new 12,000 square foot headquarters building on a 3.52 acre tract. A second project calls for Ascend Rock Club to construct a 12,100 square foot indoor climbing gym that will be located almost directly across the street from the Southern Pines Brewing Co.

Approved a zoning modification to permit a change in the orientation and locations of the proposed new funeral home and crematory building that Pines Funeral Services is constructing at Pinelawn Memorial Park off Morganton Road in Southern Pines.

Recognized resident Donald Rich during the public comment portion of the meeting. Mr. Rich expressed concern about the West Southern Pines Task Force, an advisory committee developed in 2018 to promote and encourage economic development efforts.

Members of the task force include a cross-section of citizens, current and former elected officials. Rich said he had asked to review minutes from previous meetings and was frustrated that they had not been kept. He also questioned how well the group has integrated into the community, and a study proposed with assistance from UNC’s Development Finance Initiative.

Councilman Paul Murphy offered to put Rich in touch with a contact he has in the Kinston community, where DFI has an existing partnership.

Councilman Mitch Lancaster said he would look into Rich’s concern about group discussion and objectives are recorded for future meetings.

Mayor Carol Haney spoke in support of the task force’s efforts, particularly the coordination of a community-wide clean-up and litter sweep last summer.

“The task force has done a lot of leg work,” Haney said. “I think they’ve taken on a tremendous task and I’m glad they’ve engaged UNC to help. I’m sorry you didn’t get the information you wanted, but maybe there has been a miscommunication as to what the group is.”

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