Thursday, October 16, 2008

Zoning sought for medical high-rise near Presbyterian Hospital

A developer is seeking a zoning change to build a high-rise medical building and retail space across the street from Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas on land now occupied by a shopping center.

The building site that Koll Development Co. hopes to use is adjacent to a light-rail station.

The property is part of the Corner Shopping Center, which occupies the northeast corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane.

According to filings with the city of Dallas' development services department, Koll wants to build a 12-story, 250,000-square-foot medical office building with parking and ground-floor retail at Walnut Hill and Manderville lanes.

The zoning request says the building will be used for "general medical and clinical office space and ancillary services such as outpatient surgery and diagnostic imaging centers, medical research, laboratory and pharmacy space."

Koll officials couldn't be reached for more details about the project.

City staff recommended approval of the zoning request, which is scheduled to be taken up by the City Plan Commission today.

Koll is one of the Dallas area's busiest commercial builders.

The firm specializes in corporate office complexes and has built multiple projects in Las Colinas and Plano's Legacy business park.

Koll is building a 1 million-square-foot headquarters for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas in Richardson.