Park Nicollet clinic in northwestern Plymouth moves forward

The proposed Park Nicollet medical and dental facility at the intersection of Highway 55 and County Road 101 in northwestern Plymouth completed its first step through city process at the June 19 Planning Commission meeting.

A detail of Park Nicolette’s preliminary concept plan for a clinic in northwestern Plymouth. (Graphic courtesy of city of Plymouth)
A detail of Park Nicolette’s preliminary concept plan for a clinic in northwestern Plymouth. (Graphic courtesy of city of Plymouth)

Park Nicollet Health Services – a nonprofit, integrated health care system based in St. Louis Park with more than 8,200 employees – is looking to develop the parcel of land at the southwestern corner of the intersection, across from the CVS Pharmacy at 4140 County Road 101.

Park Nicollet purchased the 20 acres of land, which was previously a driving range, in 2006. The application submitted for the site includes constructing an approximately 60,000 square-foot, two-story clinic.

The facility is a relocation and expansion of services currently offered at Harbor Lane and Highway 55 – a building Park Nicollet leases.

A frontage road will be constructed along Highway 55 similar to the CVS road on the south side of the roadway.

“Our goals are simple, but they’re very clear,” said Robert Riesselman, Engineering Project Manager for Park Nicollet. “We call them the triple aim in health care: to improve the population’s health, the patient experience and reduce the cost of health care. And balancing those three is plenty challenging. But I think with our design we did a nice job addressing that.”

The facility is slated to feature an urgent care unit, and Riesselman estimated the building could serve an average of around 280 patients a day.

Park Nicollet representatives met with City Council April 16 prior to submitting a formal application in efforts to gain a clearer perspective on how the new clinic will interact with the booming residential area surrounding the parcel.

A number of new developments in adjacent Plymouth and Medina neighborhoods have been cause for infrastructure and traffic concerns in the quickly growing region.

As a potential remedy, Park Nicollet included in the application preliminary plans for a future additional roadway along the west side of the clinic, figured to cost roughly $700,000.

Financing and schematics for the possible road have not been solidified, but concerns were present at the public hearing June 19.

Tony Jakubiak, a resident of a nearby Plymouth property, addressed commissioners with those issues.

“I have some major concerns with traffic flow,” said Jakubiak. “Everything is coming through the service road from Urbandale Court. It’s a real hazard.”

Additional discussion points included how drainage will interact with the large amount of wetland on the parcel and the surrounding residential communities.

City staff noted that Park Nicollet’s application was up to all drainage and traffic codes and, from staff’s perspective, the proposal was fit for approval.

“I think we have a great project here, and I support this,” Commissioner Marc Anderson noted. “It’s always disappointing to hear about drainage issues, and I don’t think there’s a solution presented or even a good definition of the problem. However, I think it needs to be explored further by the engineering staff and citizens before this goes to council.”

“It looks likes it’s going to be a great site and a benefit to the city,” Commissioner Scott Nelson added. “I am, however, having trouble seeing the frontage road as it is now and I’m having trouble visualizing how more and more traffic will move in this area.”

Plymouth Planning Manager Barbara Thomson noted that the application was for a preliminary plat and that issues will be reviewed more in-depth as the process moves forward and before construction begins. Commissioners unanimously approved the preliminary plat application and moved the process to City Council.

The application will be reviewed further at the regular council meeting 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, at City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Boulevard.