Oak Brook could get 4-story medical center on York Road

By: Chuck Fieldman, Pioneer Press A 70-foot tall ambulatory care center and parking structure is what officials from Rush University Medical Center and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush hope to develop on 3.5 acres of vacant property in Oak Brook. Representatives from both groups presented the plans to the Oak Brook Village Board Tuesday for what they hope to build at 2011 York Road. The board’s review is the first step in the planned development process. This is a rendering of he ambulatory care center Rush University Medical Center and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush want to build on York Road in Oak Brook. (Courtesy of Rush University Medical Center) “I’ve been after Rush for 10 years for us to do something in Oak Brook,” said Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, a Hinsdale resident. “I know this area, and it’s such a perfect, central area for us. The location, transportation, and panache of the area are just right for us.” Specifics for a development are not yet finalized because of the very early stages, Bush-Joseph said. But concepts include a four-level, 95,000-square-foot building just east of a water detention area at the far western edge of the property abutting York Road, a multilevel parking structure for 405 cars, and access from York Road through granted easement from Windsor Drive. The new building would have medical office space, an ambulatory surgery center, athletic performance improvement programs, rehabilitation and recovery services and outpatient medical services. Bush-Joseph said Rush University Medical Center would like to offer other services beyond orthopedics; however, no decisions have yet been made on what those might be. Village Board members showed interest while listening to the presentation, but didn’t have questions or comments. The property is owned by Buck Development, LLC. Bush-Joseph said purchase of the property is likely contingent on getting approval for the development. If built, the project would not provide additional sales tax revenue for the village, which gets more than 50 percent of its General Corporate Fund revenues from sales tax. “This project is not a financial boom, but it does a long way to reinforce the business brand of Oak Brook, just like having McDonald’s and Ace Hardware here,” said Bob Kallien, Oak Brook’s community development director. “It would be a feather in Oak Brook’s cap to have this here.” Kallien said he has had several calls of inquiry over the past few years from persons expressing interest in the 2011 York Road property. “There has been things like senior housing and movie theaters brought up,” he said. “That’s really the last open office space still available to build on.” Originally posted at Chicago Tribune.