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Neurologists to move into Grand Central District

ST. PETERSBURG — Construction crews recently started working on a project at the northwest corner of 22nd Street N and Central Avenue, the Grand Central District's first major development under the city's new design guidelines.

Developers plan to have the three-story, 21,000-square-foot, Mediterranean-style building complete by February.

Who is building it?

Five members of a six-man neurological practice, the largest in South Pinellas, at the Suncoast Medical Clinic, and local real estate broker and developer Michael D. Ebeling.

Who will the tenants be?

The project has been dubbed the Neuroscience Center and the bulk of the office space, on the second and third floors, will host the doctors' neurological practice.

The group decided that its growing practice could benefit from more space, equipment and coordination, which will allow the doctors to offer additional services, managing member Dr. Gregory Scott said.

The rest of the office space will be leased to practitioners in related fields.

"We hope that it's really going to be a more comprehensive multidisciplinary neurology center, and hopefully we'll outgrow that 20,000 feet," Scott said.

The ground floor will have a limited amount of retail space. The owners are still in the early stages of looking for tenants.

"We really were thinking of the possibility of a coffee shop or a small bistro that will have some outside seating," Scott said.

What drew them to the location?

"We want to help make the new Central Avenue a success," said Scott, who was drawn to the growing number of businesses in the area and the support they receive from residents of the Kenwood neighborhood.

The practice, which serves five area hospitals, will also have a more centralized location.

Scott said the Neuroscience Center will "hopefully make this a more inviting area for people to come down and walk, and hopefully make it a more convenient area for people to get their medical care."

Who will benefit from the services offered?

Neurologists treat everything from Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy to migraines and chronic back pain.

"It's really a pretty wide-ranging field, and that's part of the problem," said Scott, who hopes that the new facility will be able to integrate the existing practice with other relevant care, such as a lab for the study and treatment of sleeping disorders.

Nick Johnson can be reached at nickjohnson@sptimes.com or 893-8361.

>by the numbers

$6-million estimated cost of building the Neuroscience Center.

21,000 estimated square feet

74 parking spaces

3 stories

Neurologists to move into Grand Central District 07/15/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 2:00pm]
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