MARLBORO – A medical office building grows on Willow Lane.
Recently, a construction team set up the steel skeleton at 55 Willow Lane. According to Starker Commercial Realty, the Manalapan brokerage that sells the property, the three-story, 25,500-square-foot building is expected to be completed in November.
The property is located behind Noona’s Citi Cucina, about 300 meters from Route 9. It is built by Double Diamond Management, an Old Bridge developer of medical office buildings and neighborhood malls.
Steven Blitzer, owner of Double Diamond Management, said a medical office is needed in the Marlboro area. He cited the proximity to Raritan Bay Medical Center, located off Route 18 in Old Bridge, as well as CentraState Medical Center in Freehold Township and Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel.
“It’s a good place on the map,” Blitzer said.
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People stay in the area and live longer. “There’s a need,” Blitzer said. “I can see the expansion of medical offices across our area. It’s statewide.”
Eric Starker, Starker Commercial Realty’s record broker, said the building will be a “state of the art.”
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The building is being marketed to health professionals, such as surgical groups and medical offices, such as internal medicine, dermatology and obstetrics and gynecology. One tenant, Advanced Gastroenterology Associates, a division of Allied Digestive Health, has already signed a 6,000-square-foot lease on the second floor.
Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik said the community can support more medical and office space in the city. “There’s this huge opportunity in Marlboro for similarly located offices and we welcome them into the business community,” he said.
Medical office space is growing around Monmouth and Ocean counties.
For example, a project at Monmouth Medical Center and Children’s Specialized Hospital called RWJBarnabas Health Family Care & Wellness, a four-story building, is under construction at Monmouth Mall in Eatontown.
The center, which will focus on health services for women and children, is expected to be completed in October.
In some cases, the space that was once used for retail is rented out for health care. RWJBarnabas Health is remodeling about 9,000 square feet on Bellcrest Square, Fischer Boulevard, Toms River, including part of what was a Foodtown supermarket for a primary care practice.
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