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Geisinger Plans New Clinic in College Township

by on September 22, 2020 7:37 PM

Geisinger Health System is looking to expand its footprint in College Township with a new primary care clinic.

The 15,400 square foot building would be constructed on what is currently a field at the corner of Scenery Drive and South Atherton Street. It would be located across from Geisinger's existing Scenery Park complex located at 200 Scenery Drive.

Geisinger and Larson Design Group representatives presented a sketch plan introducing the project to College Township Planning Commission on Sept. 15.

"This is part of our growth plan. We’ve kind of outgrown our existing footprint in State College, particularly on that side of town," said Matthew Nussbaum, vice president of operations for Geisinger. "We’re not reducing any operations in the Scenery Park area. This is an expansion."

Primary care and general internal medicine practices are currently spread across two floors at the Scenery Park facility. Those would move to the new building, which also will have X-ray and the ability to do blood draws so patients don't have to go across the street.

Lab services and other ancillary services would remain at the Scenery Park facility, where more medicine specialties will be added.

"We’ve got a growth plan there now to grow oncology and dermatology and then once we move [general internal medicine] and primary care out we plan on growing our existing medicine specialities — nephrology, rheumatology and so forth," Nussbaum said.

The new facility would have 11 primary care providers, possibly increasing to 12.

The sketch plan for the new building has entrance and exit from Scenery Drive and includes a maximum of 133 parking spaces. Chris Keiser, of Larson Design Group, said that number is likely to be reduced. Zoning requires 62 spaces. 

Lawrence Huber, senior architect for Geisinger, said the building will have a flat roof and mechanical systems will be screened. The exterior of the building will be natural materials with stone, brick and wood, similar to one currently under construction in Lock Haven.

"It integrates well into the Central PA fabric of architecture," Huber said. 

Planning commission members offered recommendations for landscaping, a possible sidewalk along Scenery Drive and defined pedestrian travel through the parking lot to the new building.

Keiser said landscape buffer requirements for the northeast side also would need to be addressed, noting that there is already "quite a bit of vegetation" on the line separating the property from the nearby residential area.

The planned site, which is zoned residential-office, is currently two parcels that will need to be consolidated as part of the land development process.

Sketch plan submissions are optional under College Township's zoning ordinance. Geisinger next will need to submit a formal land development plan and go through the approval process before the project can move forward.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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