Alexandria approves new urgent care facility

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Alexandria Planning and Zoning approved a site development plan for an urgent care office at the intersection of Baneberry Lane and Alexandria Pike.

The applicant plans to construct a single-story urgent care facility called Fast Pace Health with 25 accompanying parking spaces on a one-acre subplot. The total acreage of the parcel is 2.42 acres, with the remaining 1.42 acres to be developed later.

The site is highlight in orange. Photo provided | Campbell County Planning and Zoning

This will be the first Fast Pace Health location in Northern Kentucky.

“They’re (Fast Pace Health) essentially a helpful use as opposed to going to the emergency room,” said a site developer with Hutton based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. “They’re open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Sports injuries, flu testing, if anybody has kids, you take them when they have a runny nose. Shorter wait time doesn’t cost as much as the ER; they take most major insurance companies, but they also do self-pay.”

A physician assistant or nurse practitioner will be staffed at the site.

According to the staff report from the Campbell County Planning and Zoning Department, the site is a separate parcel from the Elevation Apartment complex (formerly Alexandria Flats) rezoned to Planned Unit Development as part of the apartment complex development, allowing both residential and commercial uses.

The remaining parcel on the site that is proposed to be developed later can only be used for a sit-down restaurant, medical office, or office building, according to the planning commission.

The staff recommendation was to approve the site plans, said Campbell County Planning and Zoning Principal Planner Kirk Hunter.

Alexandria Planning and Zoning Chair Nick Reitman said the biggest complaint they receive in the area is traffic and didn’t see that being an issue with this development.

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“I don’t foresee this to have any immense traffic impact,” Reitman said. “It’s an urgent care; it’s not like it’s going to be a Chick-fil-A or a high-traffic fast food restaurant or store or anything like that. It’s kind of what we wanted there.”

Reitman also said he thought there was a need for this type of development in the area.

Sue Neal was the only person in the crowd who spoke at the meeting and addressed the commission on traffic and safety concerns on Baneberry.

“I know when they built the apartments, they said they did a traffic study, and it (a traffic light) was not warranted,” Neal said. “And so, I didn’t know with the addition of this if that was something a traffic study was done again or not.”

When the apartments were developed, Reitman said there was talk of a traffic light at the developer’s expense if it warranted one or when they got to a specific capacity of tenants, which Alexandria City Administrator David Plummer said was his understanding and could look into.

Commissioners agreed that there was a need for the type of development, and the plans were cut and dry and unanimously approved the proposal.

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