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Medical campus project at a standstill

Work has stopped on a 25,000-square-foot medical building in
York Township, said Lisa Frye, township
zoning officer.

Work has stopped on a 25,000-square-foot medical building in
York Township, said Lisa Frye, township
zoning officer.

California-based Congero Development is developing the
building in a 7.3-acre medical campus it is calling the Lain Mackenzie
Medical Plaza
The building at 2050 S. Queen St.
is supposed to be the first of three buildings planned for the campus. 

Work on the project stopped in early September, Frye said.
She said she doesn’t know why it’s at a standstill. Demolition work on the site
started late last year. Nothing more than some excavation has been completed
for the first building, which is supposed to house the 16,500-square-foot Surgical
Arts at York ambulatory surgery center and 8,100 square feet of office space,
Frye said.

The campus project was announced late last year. Offices in
the first building were scheduled to open in October this year, and the
surgical center was supposed to open this month, Congero had announced.

Not long after the project was announced, the healthcare
developer said it wanted to follow the project with similar campuses in Central Pennsylvania, said Will McInturf, former Congero
director of operations, in an interview earlier this year. Congero executives
did not return repeated interview requests as of deadline for this edition.

Lancaster
County’s Benchmark
Construction Company Inc.
is building surgical center. Benchmark’s vice
president of business development, Jennifer Goldbach, confirmed that
construction is at a standstill, but she would not disclose why.

York County’s Digestive
Disease Center
plans to move its offices into the first building, but doctors from the office
would not return repeated interview requests for this story. Doctors typically
are investors in Congero development projects, McInturf said.

And they are investors in this project, too, said Sean
Summers, attorney for a local lender that is suing the medical equipment
supplier that was hired to outfit the campus’s first medical building.

Summers represents Lititz-based Susquehanna Commercial
Finance Inc. Susquehanna loaned $3 million to investors of the first medical
building to buy the equipment. The investors hired Costa Mesa, Calif.-based
Vascular Resources Inc. to purchase the equipment with Susquehanna’s money. Vascular
is a partner company of Congero.

Bruce Wallace, Congero’s chairman and founder, also is an
“agent” for Vascular, an attorney representing Vascular in the case with Susquehanna
said. He would not disclose what that term means.

The medical campus site is secured, Frye said, so the
developer is not obligated to let the township know what happened. If the
project continues to languish, the township will check in to find out what is
going on, she said.

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