An ambitious commercial project that would bring a second hospital and an innovation campus to Maricopa is moving ahead.

In September, City Council approved the rezoning of more than 26 acres of land from general mixed use and transitional to planned area development for the project near Copper Sky. The hospital will anchor a 14.3-acre medical campus with separate seven-story hotel and condominium buildings, medical office space, sports academy and a helipad. The 559,000-square-foot development is planned for the southeastern corner of John Wayne Parkway and Bowlin Road.

The specialty ER hospital with 100,000 square feet and 25 beds will be operated by Houston-based Nutex Health. An ambulatory surgery center, catheterization lab and office space to house physician practices and other medical services is proposed as part of the project.

The innovation campus, to be sited nearby at the northeastern corner of John Wayne Parkway and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, would cover 12 acres and have more than 1 million square feet of building space.

Plans call for a total of 13 buildings on the two campuses, including two smart-parking structures. The project developer, S3 BioTech, estimates completion of the full project will take four to five years. Development of both sites would create as many as 11,500 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent health care jobs, the developer estimated.
S3 BioTech said it is possible the hospital could be operational by late this year.