Old WearGuard Building To Be Converted Into Medical Center
The former WearGuard plant at 141 Longwater Drive in Norwell has sat vacant for two years, but now the sprawling site is set to be transformed into a medical campus to serve patients on the South Shore. Foxrock Properties, a Quincy developer that bought the building and acreage for $12.5 million, won town approval last week and will soon be converting half of the 175,000-square-foot warehouse to medical offices. In addition, the developer will build an 80,000-square-foot satellite building for the expanding South Shore Medical Center.
Medical Center on Longwater Drive
The old WearGuard warehouse will be renovated this summer, with groundbreaking on the new building in about a year. The new medical center, which will be named “Longwater Place,” will have a new look, with plans to significantly alter the appearance of the former uniform company’s plant. The new medical center will be accessible by Longwater Drive, located off of High Street in Norwell. Norwell has maintained strict zoning rules in this area with the satellite building expected to be a two-story facility.
Multiple Practices to Occupy New Medical Center
“Longwater Place,” the new medical center on Longwater Drive will house several medical practices including South Shore Medical Center, which plans on expanding its space in the satellite building to be constructed next to the former warehouse. While South Shore Medical Center plans on keeping the Norwell office on Route 53, the new facility will include 60 physicians, a full-service lab, diagnostic radiography and ultrasound services.
Office Space in Longwater Medical Center
A 90,000-square-foot office building also located at the medical center will serve as office space to new tenants as well as current businesses including TriCore Solutions, Thorbahn, and Onpoint Financial Corp. The developer expects that businesses and companies in the health care industry will be interested in space in the new medical center because of its prominent brand and proximity to other medical practices.