Officials celebrate groundbreaking of medical office building next to Mountainside Medical Center

By Eric Strauss
Glen Ridge/Montclair | Jul 11, 2018 at 6:00 am

Developers broke ground Tuesday on a planned three-story medical office building on the former site of Mountainside Medical Center’s School of Nursing, across from the Hackensack Meridian Health facility on the border of Glen Ridge and Montclair.

The 45,375-square-foot project is being developed by the Hampshire Cos., with Circle Squared Alternative Investments as investment adviser. The building is scheduled for completion in early 2020, bringing additional health care services to the community served by Mountainside Medical Center, according to a news release.

Officials celebrating the groundbreaking included the Hampshire Cos.’ Jon Hanson, Circle Squared’s Jeff Sica, Mountainside Medical Center CEO John Fromhold, Hackensack Meridian Health co-CEOs Robert Garrett and John Lloyd, Glen Ridge Mayor Stuart Patrick and Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson, among others.

The Hampshire Cos.
A rendering of the planned building, scheduled for completion in 2020.

“As the model for delivering health care continues to shift, we recognize that a profound opportunity exists for the development of on-campus, state-of-the-art medical office buildings to help health care systems like Hackensack Meridian Health continue to deliver the highest levels of care,” Hanson, Hampshire’s founder and chairman, said in a prepared statement. “We are honored to work with the municipal leadership of Glen Ridge and Montclair and our project partners to deliver this medical office building that will enable Mountainside Medical Center to continue to meet the health care needs of the local community.”

The new building will bolster Mountainside Medical Center’s presence with Class A office space for physicians and specialists.

The building, designed by Morristown’s NK Architects, is 100 percent preleased to the medical center.

“It’s a very competitive market for the best doctors, and they want first-class, state-of-the-art office space in convenient proximity to the hospital for themselves and their patients,” Fromhold said in a statement. “By delivering that, this new building will allow us to attract and retain leading primary care physicians and specialists.”

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