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Development continues in West Park region

BY JAMIE E. DEXTER jdexter@paducahsun.com

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usiness development in Paducah's West Park region has been booming throughout the past year, including a medical complex at the corner of New Holt Road and Village Square Drive, developments made possible by Falconite Development Group.

Development of the medical complex began when pharmacists and business partners Daniel Jones and Staci Overby were looking for a new location for Strawberry Hills Pharmacy.

"With Medicare regulations, we have to keep paperwork for 10 years, and we were simply running out of storage room," Jones said. "We had grown so much, we decided it was time to look for a new location."

That new location came in the form of an empty lot, which O.J. Real Estate turned into a building that now houses the pharmacy along with a walk-in clinic, The Cecil Clinic and Baptist Imaging.

Jones has gone from being solely a pharmacist to managing the building, in which Strawberry Hills was the first business to move in March 14.

"We took the time to plan the move, and some of our regular customers offered up their trucks to help us move everything here," Jones said.

The move included their compounding center, where medication can be developed, with physician consent, specifically for a patient.

Compounding drugs can help alleviate common prescription problems such as "allergies to certain drug elements, sensitivity to drug strength, difficulty swallowing or simply patient preferences," according to their website.

The compounding center is located in the pharmacy with a window allowing patients to watch the staff create these specialty medications.

Jones opened the doors to his pharmacy, but wanted to be sure the business was running properly before bringing other tenants into the building.

"Everything has gone smoothly," Jones said. "We have done well, by the grace of God, and we are a firm believer in that."

Once the staff was settled into the new location, Dr. John Cecil moved his walk-in clinic, The Cecil Clinic, into the building on April 4, where his daughter, Caitlyn, recently began practicing alongside him.

This walk-in clinic serves patients for less serious medical issues such as sore throats, cough and congestion, poison ivy, insect bites, skin tags and warts, wounds and smaller injuries.

This move saw an increase in size for his clinic, as well as more parking options with the 108-space parking lot the three businesses share.

"We've been able to increase our volume (of patients) by 15 percent," John Cecil said. "The most important thing is that we've been able to cut our wait time in half."

He said the complex is an added convenience for patients who needed a prescription filled or imaging done, as they can do so by simply walking down the hall to the other businesses.

On April 8, Baptist Imaging moved into the building and formally opened its doors, finishing out the complex.

"We believe we've created a place where people can feel welcome," Jones said.

Falconite's developments

Falconite's hand in the area's development came in 1995 when the company purchased what was then a 70-acre strawberry field, hence the pharmacy's name.

"The 'Strawberry Hill development' from Clayton's Corner and Strawberry Hill Pharmacy all the way to Paducah Bank and Cunningham Dental to Plantation Village was started by Falconite," said Dawn Wientjes, broker for the group. "Falconite also built all the roads in that strawberry field to create what is now the 'Strawberry Hill area.'"

Also in that region, Falconite has spearheaded the 50-acre, 350,000 square feet commercial development off U.S. 60, is working on a 17,000 square- foot center at Olivet Crossing and a building for Comcast next to Sam's Club.

While so many people may focus their attention on what businesses may be coming to the area, Weintjes said Falconite is the leading local developer that helps accommodate those businesses.

"Falconite is a local developer providing spaces for local business and is always physically moving dirt, not only proposing projects," she said. "Falconite has over 200 local tenants in Paducah within 3 million square feet of commercial real estate."

She added that the company has built 90,000 square feet of new construction in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

"To me, that's something that is progressive about Paducah," she said.

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