Bon Secours breaks ground on new facility in Chesterfield

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Corporate Santa is paying a visit to Chesterfield County and Williamsburg with the groundbreaking of two major projects.  About 120 state and local politicians and hospital officials braved chilly temperatures Thursday to celebrate a $30 million project that will increase the availability of ambulatory services in Chesterfield County and create 150 new jobs.

Work will begin soon on Bon Secours St. Francis Watkins Centre, a 200,000-square-foot health-care facility that will include Central Virginia’s only freestanding emergency department. It also will house an imaging center and physician offices. Located at the intersection of Route 288 and Midlothian Turnpike, the project is across the street from the Watkins Centre, a mixed-use retail center, and 4.5 miles from Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center.

“Five years ago we made a significant commitment to the county with the opening of St. Francis Medical Center. Our expectation is that residents will welcome the services of Watkins Centre as they did our hospital,” Peter J. Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia, said in a statement. 

The facility will serve large residential and commercial areas of northwest Chesterfield and the populations of Powhatan, Amelia, Goochland and western Henrico Counties.

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling said the project is important to economic development and will help bring capital investment to the high-growth Midlothian corridor. It will be built in phases with Phase I consisting of 100,000 square feet, and Phase II including the total build out of the medical campus. The completion date for Phase I is late 2011.

Another groundbreaking is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday when Gov. Bob McDonnell will join Consul General Soon Gu Yoon of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea for a ceremony marking the $20 million renovation of Williamsburg Pottery.

The popular discount venue is getting a major overhaul. The old outlet buildings on Richmond Road will be replaced with 160,000 square feet of expanded retail space spread over 19 acres. They will be designed to create a European-market themed shopping experience. 

The project is being funded entirely by the Williamsburg Pottery, which has been in business since 1938. During construction, the renovation is expected to support 500 jobs in the greater Williamsburg area. Once construction is complete in April 2012, the pottery plans to add 100 additional positions to support the expanded facility.


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