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A new medical facility is heading to Northside Drive

Rendering of the new OrthoGeorgia Spine Center that is planned at 3712 Northside Drive in north Bibb County.
Rendering of the new OrthoGeorgia Spine Center that is planned at 3712 Northside Drive in north Bibb County.

OrthoGeorgia, an orthopedic company, is planning to consolidate its spine specialists work in a separate but adjacent building.

Construction of the three-story OrthoGeorgia Spine Center is expected to begin the third week of this month at 3712 Northside Drive — between Metro Diner and the North Park II shopping center, said OrthoGeorgia CEO Bill Lindsey.

The building will be built on the site of the former Ryan’s Grill Buffet restaurant location, and between the existing OrthoGeorgia facility and Northside Drive.

The 54,000-square-foot Spine Center will include an ambulatory surgical center, two large surgical suites, MRI, CT scanner, physical therapy and 44 exams rooms, Lindsey said.

“We are selling the building downtown and will relocate some of that staffing to the new building, and some of the staff of the existing building will go over to the new building,” he said. “Everything in the building will be spine related.”

About 85 people will work in the new building.

“We are building it to have some capacity for growth,” he said. “That’s part of the problem now, there is no capacity to grow.”

It is expected to take about 12 months to build the Spine Center. Macon-based Sheridan Construction Co. is the general contractor and the architect is Macon-based Azar Walsh Architects.

In 2009, following an extensive renovation, OrthoGeorgia moved into the former Mansour’s department store that had been closed for years. OrthoGeorgia and Forsyth Street Orthopaedics merged its operations in 2014.

Linda S. Morris: 478-744-4223, @MidGaBiz

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