The seven-story, 260,000-square-foot building is at the intersection of Fourth Street and Hawthorne Lane near Presbyterian Medical Tower. MELISSA KEY/CBJ

By   – Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal

A midtown location for heart and cancer care is on track to open later this year in Charlotte.

Novant Health said it will open the John M. and Claudia W. Belk Heart and Vascular Institute and the Edward I. and Agnes B. Weisiger Cancer Center this fall. The seven-story, 260,000-square-foot building is at the intersection of Fourth Street and Hawthorne Lane near Presbyterian Medical Tower.

Crews broke ground on the $165.9 million location in late 2018. The building topped out in the spring of 2019. It was initially expected to deliver in late 2020.

The project has stayed within its expected budget.

This facility will provide more comprehensive care for cardiac and cancer patients. Heart disease and cancer are top killers in North Carolina and the United States.

Here is the planned setup:

  • First floor — radiation oncology, retail pharmacy, café and resource center
  • Second floor — adult cardiology and cardiac surgery
  • Third floor — rehabilitation, wellness center and conference center
  • Fourth floor — gastrourinary, gastrointestinal and head and neck treatments
  • Fifth floor — integrative medicine, cancer risk and genetics, breast cancer care and gynecology
  • Sixth floor — cancer research, hematology and cellular therapy, thoracic and developmental therapeutics
  • Seventh floor — 80-bay infusion center and research pharmacy

A skybridge will connect the building with the adjacent Presbyterian Medical Tower and Presbyterian Medical Center across the street.

An approximately 1,000-space parking deck is also under construction on the Third Street side of the block.

The medical plaza has been in the works for several years. The Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation kicked off a groundbreaking campaign in 2011 that raised nearly $30 million for the project. The Belk family made a $10 million investment in the project in 2014. The Weisiger family announced a multimillion-dollar donation to the project in 2017.

Other supporters include the Ganatra family, Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), Sherry Pollex and Martin Truex, the Hance family, the Alex Hemby Foundation, the Philip Van Every Foundation and the Blumenthal Foundation.

Winston-Salem-based Novant has been bulking up its services in the Charlotte area — also adding more advanced cardiac and cancer care outside of the center city. It is the second-largest provider here. Local health systems continue to navigate this region’s growing population, plus additional financial strain because of the pandemic. They temporarily stopped nonessential procedures but are now urging patients to seek needed care.

Vannoy Construction is the general contractor for the medical plaza. McCulloch England Associates is the project architect.