Two South Charleston doctors are constructing a multi-million-dollar medical office building within a stone's throw of Thomas Memorial Hospital.
The Riverview Medical Plaza is under construction at 4610 Kanawha Ave. S.W., across MacCorkle Avenue from Thomas Memorial and behind Schlotsky's Deli.
DGR Limited Liability Co. is owner of the project. Drs. Elie Gharib, Scott Duffy and Mitchill Rashid organized DGR in 2009 to purchase and invest in real estate, according to papers filed with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.
All three doctors practice at the West Virginia Heart & Vascular Institute's offices, which are in Thomas Hospital's office pavilion at 4607 MacCorkle Ave. S.W. Duffy remains with the institute but is no longer involved in the real estate project, said Lesa Adkins, the institute's manager.
The four-story office building will have 10,000 square feet of space on each floor. Adkins said the West Virginia Heart & Vascular Institute will occupy the entire second floor. The other floors are available for lease to doctors or medical-related businesses.
The institute currently has 22 employees and occupies about 3,000 square feet of space. "We are on top of each other now," Adkins said. "That's why we're moving — we actually need more space." The institute will probably hire 10 more people after the move, she said.
Ground for the new building was broken in January. The structural steel is already up. "We'll be ready to move in November," Adkins said.
The developers bought the land for the building several years ago from the hospital, Adkins said. The project includes an already existing parking lot in front of the building and behind Schlotsky's Deli. Access to the lot is via Division Street, which already has a stoplight at the MacCorkle Avenue intersection. It's a short walk from the building to the hospital.
One side of the new building fronts the Kanawha River. Adkins said there is no current plan to develop the riverfront.
Silling Associates Inc. of Charleston is project architect. Pray Construction Co. Inc. of Scott Depot is general contractor. SunTrust Banks Inc. is providing financing.
For more information about the project contact Adkins at 304-767-7782.
Contact writer George Hohmann at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.