With its striking, six-story facility towering over the Route 1 skyline, the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP) anchors the 171-acre redevelopment site just north of Plainsboro Road.
But while the hospital itself is now completed, major new developments are either underway or in the planning stages. Just completed last month: the one-story, 25,000-square-foot pediatric specialty care center owned and operated by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
According to Plainsboro township’s 2013 amended redevelopment plan for the hospital campus, the remaining components include a 105-bed assisted living and memory care facility, a day care complex, and an 898,000-square-foot, 300-plus unit adult retirement community. That structure would be about 50,000 square feet larger than the hospital complex itself.
The first phase of the hospital site included the 200-bed Merwick Rehabilitation center, a nine-acre site owned by the for-profit Windsor Healthcare Communities of Norwood that opened in 2010; the 847,000-square-foot hospital and medical offices of the UMCPP opened in 2012; and a 36-acre public park overlooking the Millstone River donated to the township by Princeton HealthCare System.
The new CHOP facility is located on Plainsboro Road directly across from the 107,000-square-foot Merwick center. It opened January 26 and replaces a leased CHOP facility on Alexander Road in West Windsor. CHOP owns 13 acres of land at the hospital site, and the center can be expanded as much as 75,000 square feet to accommodate additional pediatric services.
According to CHOP senior vice president Amy Lambert, there will be 16 medical and surgical specialties at CHOP’s new facility, as well as a sports medicine gym, auditory brainstem response testing, diagnostic X-ray services, and physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
CHOP has also been affiliated with UMCPP since 2009, with CHOP medical staff providing care for newborns, children, and adolescents at the hospital.
“Our new site is strictly out-patient ambulatory services,” Lambert says. “The services we provide in the hospital are professional in-patient services.”
An assisted living and memory care facility and two separate day care centers north of CHOP are due up next. In December the Planning Board gave conditional approval to Maplewood Senior Living, which operates senior living facilities in Connecticut, for an 105-bed assisted living center. Maplewood sits on a six acre site, owned by Hunter Gregory Realty of Westport, Connecticut.
The 4.5-acre day care complex will have a child day care owned by Discovery Years Child Care, which has centers in North Hamburg and Vernon. There will also be an adult day care owned by Piscataway-based Vcare Adult. Plainsboro director of planning and zoning Les Varga says the day care application is expected before the end of March.
An upscale adult retirement community is the largest project remaining, though Varga says no concept plan or applications have come before the township. According to the hospital redevelopment plan, amended March 13, 2013, multi-story apartment buildings with a maximum height of six stories will provide age-restricted senior housing. According to Princeton Healthcare representatives, 315 residential units comprising one-to-two bedroom rentals are expected. The development sits on a 38-acre parcel between Merwick and the Firmenich campus, and is owned by Endeavor Property Group of Devon, Pennsylvania.
UMCPP sits on more than 50 acres. Nearly 50,000 square feet is leased to Princeton Fitness and Wellness, and the hospital rents the attached rectangular medical arts pavilion, owned by the Michigan State Retirement Plan Fund and managed by Bentall Kennedy. The five-story medical arts pavilion contains private physician offices and various PHCS operations, including an ambulatory surgical center and diagnostic radiology. Also part of the hospital complex is a 147,000-square-foot medical office building.
The final phase of the redevelopment site would make the hospital even more imposing : PHCS can add two additional stories to UMCPP, more than 300,000 square feet of space, and another 93,000-square-foot medical office building.
PHCS president and CEO Barry Rabner says no decision has been made with regard to a future phase three hospital expansion, though it does plan to proceed with a parking garage north of the hospital.
“For the last six months we’ve been near capacity with a lot of our services, a lot of our space,” Rabner says. “We want to be certain the increase in demand we’ve seen is sustainable.”