Aurora Health Care is the company hoping to build a $130 million medical complex on land near I-94.
“Aurora Health Care is always looking for better ways to deliver high-quality, cost-efficient health care,” according to a statement from Doug Koch, president of the company’s Racine, Kenosha and Northern Illinois Patient Service Market.
“To better serve our growing number of patients in the Kenosha area, Aurora is proposing to build an ambulatory surgery center and professional office building west of I-94 and north of Highway 50.”
Aurora hopes to build a 100,000-square-foot, three-story ambulatory care center and a three-story, 100,000-square-foot medical office building.
City documents say the center would include primary care, outpatient surgery, rehabilitation services, imaging, laboratory services, occupational health, specialty care and a pharmacy.
The development would create an estimated 140 new professional health care jobs and up to 400 construction and trade jobs, city documents state.
If approved, the facility would provide new and expanded services that would enhance patient access to care, Koch said.
“As a longtime member of the Kenosha community, we look forward to working with the city and neighbors to move this project forward on behalf of our patients,” Koch said.
The property is approximately 158 acres and could eventually include other medical buildings.
Last week, the Kenosha City Council unanimously approved the first reading of a zoning change for the land, paving the way for a final vote.
City planning officials recommended the change from M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District) to IP (Institutional Park District) for five adjacent parcels of land along the frontage road (122nd Avenue) west of Interstate 94 and south of 60th Street.
Aurora told city officials that it hopes to start construction this year, with an anticipated opening in 2018.