Plans for a new rehab hospital have grown in scope, and it is expected to bring more jobs and capital investment to Longview.
Marc Sparks with Timber Creek Capital said Monday that construction on Everest Rehabilitation Hospital — an all-inclusive inpatient facility on East Loop 281 — is on target for next month or October.
The 36-bed hospital will "have more like 140 to 150 professional staff members" when it opens and is fully operational, said Sparks, who is part of an investment group involved in funding and developing the project. Everest CEO and co-founder Jay Quintana previously stated the hospital will offer physical rehabilitation, occupational therapy and speech therapy and the hospital would focus on brain injury, stroke and concussion patients.
When the project was approved by Longview City Council members in February, it called for an $11 million plan to build a 35,380-square-foot hospital with 120 professional jobs coming to Longview. Developers have since expanded those plans.
"Hospital plans go through a host of approvals with the state," Sparks said, "and we are wrapping those up now. The exact start date will ultimately be determined by the final permit approvals with the city of Longview. Prior to opening, we will have more like $17 million invested, and the hospital will consist of 37,780 square feet."
Sparks said construction will take between 11 and 13 months, weather permitting.
Council members will consider preparing a service plan to annex a 40.468-acre tract surrounding the proposed hospital property when they meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall for their regular meeting.
"I don't expect any objections and haven't received any," District 4 Councilwoman Kristen Ishihara said of annexation plans. "I am excited about this upcoming development. (It) will be great for Longview."
Everest Rehabilitation Hospital LLC and the annexation area are immediately north of East Loop 281, east of Tryon Road and west of Hollybrook Drive.
In other matters, council members will discuss a proposed budget, fee resolution and tax rate from the City Manager's Office, plus hold public hearings on two zoning requests.