Medical office building proposed for spot off Route 101 in Raymond

{child_byline}By Jason Schreiber

Union Leader Correspondent


RAYMOND — Exeter Hospital is proposing a new medical office building, which could also include urgent care services, on property eyed for development just off Route 101.

The 24,000-square-foot building would be built at the corner of the Exit 5 off-ramp and Freetown Road in Essex Commons.

Project officials and hospital representatives reviewed the preliminary design proposal at a planning board meeting two weeks ago.

If approved, construction on the one-story building would likely not begin for two to three years as work started in May on a new $13 million facility in Plaistow to be called Plaistow Health. That building will offer expanded Core Physicians primary care and Exeter Hospital services and is expected to open by next summer.

The Raymond facility would be similar to the hospital’s nearby medical building, Epping Regional Health Center, and would include primary care physicians, rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy and other services.

Officials said they’re also considering the possibility of offering urgent care, but no decisions have been made. The building would be open six days a week.

According to project engineer Joseph Coronati of Jones & Beach Engineers in Stratham, the hospital is buying two pieces of land that will be combined to create the single lot for the building.

He said the building would have space for 45 to 50 employees on any given day, but that he could see as many as 80 during busier times.

The building would require about 120 parking spaces, Coronati said.

Planning board member Gretchen Gott expressed concern about that number of parking spaces, suggesting it might not be enough.

Board Chairman Jonathan Wood also encouraged project officials to discuss the plan with the town’s water department to make sure the town would be able to provide enough water for the facility.

Work is expected to continue on the proposal before full design plans are presented to the town at a future meeting.

Monday, January 27, 2020