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WIMBERLEY — Developer Robert McDonald and anchor tenant Central Texas Medical Center broke ground last week on the Wimberley Medical Plaza at Old Kyle Road and FM 3237.

Plans call for a total of 25,400 square feet between two buildings, the first of which is scheduled to be completed and occupied by summer 2013.

Live Oak Health Partners, a physicians group managed by CTMC, will anchor the complex along with the hospital’s laboratory and x-ray services. Eric Price, a Live Oak primary care physician already practicing in Wimberley, will relocate his office to the new building. Other Live Oak physicians with different specialties will schedule office hours at the medical plaza.

Sam Huenergardt, CTMC’s chief executive officer, said McDonald and the city of Wimberley to design a development that fits well on the wooded lot and fits well with Wimberley’s rustic feel. The medical plaza’s two buildings will feature rough-hewn wooden facades, metal roofs and rainwater collection systems.

Local business leaders said the new development will help the Wimberley area attract more physicians and other health care services it needs.

“We are delighted to be welcoming a much larger presence and look forward to watching the Plaza develop and help draw other much needed medical providers to serve our community” said realtor Linda Germain, the Wimberley Chamber of Commerce board chair.

In addition to overall population growth, the Wimberley area is a magnet for retirees. More than 35 percent of the Wimberley and Woodcreek’s combined 4,083 residents were older than 62 in 2010, according to the U.S. Census, compared to 8.1 percent in San Marcos and 11.1 percent in all of Hays County. The median age is 52.7 in Wimberley and 57.4 in Woodcreek; the median age for the entire county is 30.4 years old.

Leasing is being managed by Tarantino Properties.

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