A Texas developer has plans for a second small hospital in Johnson County, this time in Overland Park.
Embree Asset Group, a Georgetown, Texas, real estate firm, will present its designs for a 16,870-square-foot microhospital to the Overland Park Planning Commission on Aug. 8.
Embree Asset Group is the same company that has proposed a similar concept in Roeland Park at the long-vacant northwest corner of Roe Avenue and Johnson Drive. It also plans to build five such hospitals in central Indiana, according to a report in the Daily Journal, a newspaper serving Franklin, Ind.
In Overland Park, the Texas developer wants to build the eight-bed hospital at the northwest corner of 75th Street and Marty Drive. That’s 1 mile east on 75th Street from Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Merriam.
The 24-hour facility would provide inpatient nursing services and initial emergency management for noncritical care. The hospital would transport critical patients to larger hospitals.
Embree Asset Group, which indicates through its website that it has developed more than 200 health care-related projects nationally, did not respond to a message seeking comment about its possible entrance in the Johnson County market.
The hospital, if approved and built, would replace an existing L-shaped building off 75th Street where the tenants include an automotive shop and Jim Kilroy’s Roxy Bar, according to Overland Park planner Aaron Dubois.
Overland Park planners requested that Embree Asset Group build a two-story facility in keeping with planning guidelines for the area. Embree Asset Group responded in papers filed with the city that a second story was inconsistent with a hospital use unless the developer leased office space above the hospital, which the developer wasn’t interested in pursuing.
Embree Asset Group is seeking a special-use permit for the hospital, which means it’s up to the Planning Commission and Overland Park City Council whether to grant the hospital leeway from planning guidelines.