By Mary Alys Cherry
Pretty soon, you won’t be able to recognize Webster as you drive down the Gulf Freeway.
That long patch of undeveloped acreage across from Hobby Lobby on the Friendswood side of the freeway? Exxon Mobil has sold the 177-acre tract to Medistar, which has spent most of the past three or four years building Bay Area Regional Medical Center and the new Webster Rehabilitation Center.
But no big medical facility is planned.
Instead, Medistar will build a mixed-use project that will include a new hotel and conference center, restaurants, offices, retail, medical facilities – even an amphitheater on the property, which is just south of Top Golf, a popular venue under construction at 21401 Interstate 45 that is opening in late October or early November and expects to serve approximately 450,000 visitors in its first year of operation, a spokesman said.
No date for opening the new Medistar site has been set, but late 2016 would be a good guess.
Meanwhile, Medistar has sold its new Webster Rehabilitation Hospital property to Carter Validus Mission Critical.
The Webster Rehabilitation Hospital is a newly built, 45-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility that measures approximately 53,513 square feet in net rentable area and provides physical, psychological, social and vocational rehabilitation services for patients.
The hospital is 100 percent leased to Clear Lake Institute for Rehabilitation, a newly formed operating subsidiary of Post-Acute Medical, Medistar said, adding that “PAM is a leading provider nationwide of health and patient services for long-term acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, residential brain injury and comprehensive wound care. ”
PAM currently operates 18 in-patient facilities and 10 out-patient facilities in Texas and Louisiana.