ELGIN, Texas (KXAN) — As more and more people move to Austin’s suburbs, Seton Family of Hospitals is making sure they have access to health care services.
On Wednesday, Seton along with the city of Elgin announced they have signed an agreement to build a medical center complex at the southwest corner of US Highway 290 at Roy Rivers Boulevard. Seton says the new 5,000-square-foot clinic, which will start construction in late 2018, will provide primary care and after-hours urgent care services.
Within the partnership, the city conveyed ownership of approximately 35 acres of land for the medical center. In exchange for the land, Seton will invest up to $30 million for the facility.
The agreement also provides that the city will recoup the cost of the land provided to Seton from future sales tax revenues, after which Seton will share certain future sales tax revenue from the project for a defined period. The hospital group says there are no property tax abatements associated with this agreement.
“This is a great project for the city and represents a true partnership with Seton to address Elgin’s health care needs while properly managing use of the public’s money,” said Elgin Mayor Chris Cannon in a press release. “We believe this is just the start of new commercial growth and development and Seton represents the anchor we have been looking for to lead the way.”
As the city and region grows, Seton says they are committed to growing the medical complex as needed. The city and Seton agreed to these thresholds:
- 20,000 residents: A study of regional demand and projected growth will be conducted, and specialists will be added to the clinic as warranted.
- 30,000 residents: A study of demand/growth/sustainability will be conducted and, if warranted, Seton will offer emergency services on a 24 hour/7 day a week basis.
- 50,000 residents: A study of demand/growth will be conducted and, if the results support the need and a sustainable forecast, construction on an inpatient micro-hospital will commence.
Census data from 2010 shows Elgin’s population as 8,135.