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Upper Chesapeake submits site plan for free-standing medical facility in Aberdeen

A preliminary site plan has been submitted to the City of Aberdeen for Upper Chesapeake Health to build a freestanding medical facility in the Aberdeen Corporate Park behind the existing office building.

The plan will be presented to the Aberdeen Planning Commission at its meeting Oct. 10, when it is also scheduled to review the annexation request for 80 acres that comprise the Siebert Farm and Adams Property on Gilbert Road.

This is the next step in University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health’s Vision 2020 plan, which had called for a new freestanding medical facility and special psychiatric facility on property it owns on Bulle Rock Parkway in Havre de Grace.

Upper Chesapeake abruptly changed plans earlier this summer after running into what it said were difficulties in working with the city of Havre de Grace. It began considering alternative sites for its proposed facilities that would replace the aging Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, which would ultimately be closed.

“Although we had planned to develop our property in Havre de Grace, we now know that building the new campus on the Aberdeen site will allow us to achieve our original goals including our broader vision to increase access to care, coordinate efforts between hospital care providers and community care providers and develop new models of care delivery supported by state-of-the-art technology. We have many effective and exciting programs that we have started and more that we will develop, but the most important component of our vision is our commitment to our community to create the healthiest community in Maryland,” Lyle Sheldon, president and CEO of UM Upper Chesapeake, said in the statement.

Upper Chesapeake officials hope to make a final site selection in the coming weeks, Martha Mallonee wrote in a statement. Development of the medical campus is dependent on regulatory approval by the state of Maryland.

Finalizing the site selection will enable Upper Chesapeake to focus fully on the implementation of its community-centric strategy that extends care beyond traditional hospital walls to place outpatient services most used by the community closer to where they live, Mallonee said.

The City of Aberdeen has been supportive of the health system’s plans, Upper Chesapeake said. The evaluation of the Aberdeen site indicates that the health organization can bring a modern new medical campus to the citizens of northeast Maryland with few changes from the original plan, can occur within a reasonable timeframe and is less expensive to build compared to other sites under consideration.

The Aberdeen site would offer Upper Chesapeake patients and their family members access to existing public transportation, nearby retail and pharmacies.

The site plan, which will be reviewed at the 7 p.m. meeting, calls for the existing 95,250-square-foot building to be used for medical offices. It also proposes three-story, 125,000-square-foot free-standing medical facility behind the existing building, with a helipad nearby, and a third office building, 15,400 square feet on two stories, according to the site plan.

A possible future bed tower is delineated on the plan in the parking lot in front of the new free-standing medical facility.

It also includes 553 parking spaces on the 35.6-acre site that is owned by Merritt Properties. UM UCH is the contract purchaser, according to the site plan.

New development

Sage Gilbert LLC is seeking annexation for the 41-acre Siebert Farm owned by Helen Siebert Germeroth at 858 Gilbert Road and 38-acre Adams Property owned by Novo Realty at 830 Gilbert Road.

Sage Gilbert is proposing to develop the combined 80 acres a 455-unit mixed residential community with rental apartments and townhomes, single-family detached and attached (villas) homes and a community center with swimming pool, according to information submitted to the city of Aberdeen.

The plan calls for 322 apartments in seven buildings (100 one-bedroom, 222 two-bedroom and 28 three-bedroom), 56 one-car and two car-villas, 28 townhomes and 49 single-family homes about 3,000 square feet each with two-car garages, according to the proposal.

The average prices would be $474,000 for the single-family homes, $350,000 for the villas and $1,195, $1,495 and $2,195 for the one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, respectively.

Property taxes are estimated to be $733,891 a year on the new development, which is projected to generate $5.5 million in impact fee revenue for the city of Aberdeen, according to the proposal.

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