The Elliot at River’s Edge, the massive development, slated for the former 17-acre Jac Pac meat-packing plant’s site along Queen City Avenue in Manchester, is expected to be completed in March of next year, said Doug Dean, president and CEO of the Elliot Health System.
Dean also said the project, which is the largest private project in the state since the Mall of New Hampshire was constructed in 1976, has come in under budget so far. The new facility will be entirely dedicated to outpatient care, which will allow the Elliot Hospital on Tarrytown Road in Manchester to focus more on inpatient care, Dean said.
“This is for us a transformation in how we deliver health care,” Dean said, adding it was important to invest in Manchester.
With machines whirring overhead and the frame of the four-story structure standing behind, residents and local officials gathered last week for a “topping off” ceremony featuring fireworks at the new building’s site.
Urgent care facilities can address patients’ needs in a timely fashion, reducing the load on emergency rooms, Dean said prior to construction of the Elliot at River’s Edge.
The $87 million mixed-use project would address the needs of patients with important, time-sensitive but not immediately life-threatening issues. Along with the 236,000-square-foot ambulatory care facility, the project will entail a medical office building, a retail building and a residential building. It will stand four stories and include two parking garages, a 24-unit apartment building, and an 11,300-square-foot retail commercial building.
Dean said the location right off Interstate 293 was key, as officials wanted it be easily accessible. The Jac Pac plant closed in February 2004.
Elliot partnered with the Anagnost Companies in the project, which will be a green building. Construction crews will create a four-acre park within the 17-acre site to be donated back to the city.
Along with urgent care, the facility will include a one-day surgery center, diagnostic imaging, pulmonary rehab, endoscopy, occupational medicine, the Elliot Breast Health Center, outpatient cardiac care, pain management, wound center, laboratory services, endocrinology, primary care offices and support services.