Ground was broken on both projects last week.
The projects are collaborative efforts between the Henry County Board of Commissioners — led by Commissioner Bruce Holmes — Amherst, N.Y.-based Nidus Development and the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax department.
The $13.3 million road improvement project is one of few remaining on a $253 million list.
“The Fairview Road widening is a SPLOST III project,” said Roque Romero, the county SPLOST transportation director. “SPLOST III was voted on by the citizens back in 2007 and collection started in 2008.”
Phase 1 of the widening began in November and was completed in March, Romero said.
The completed project will widen about 1.8 miles from Anvil Block Road to just beyond the intersection of Panola and Fairview roads to four lanes.
Other planned improvements include stamped concrete crosswalks, mast-arm traffic signal poles, lighted street names, decorative light posts and enhanced landscaping.
Estimated completion time for the project is two years.
Creating a medical center in the northern part of Henry County, according to Holmes, has long been a vision of his.
“When I was elected [in 2010], it was my dream to create a health and wellness community,” he said. “I also wanted to make the community safer, provide great health care to this community and wanted to improve the quality of life.”
Fairview Medical Center, when complete, will contain 80,000 square feet of medical office space and 80,000 square feet of retail and hospitality space.
Planning and development for the center is anticipated to be complete by the end of the first quarter of 2014.
Nidus Development will spearhead those efforts.
Dr. Gregory Daniel, the company’s CEO, said upon meeting Holmes and hearing about his vision for the county, he saw a future for collaboration.
“Prominently featured in his vision for Henry County was the development of the Fairview region where residents can work, play and shop and in addition to all of that, a place where they could receive quality health care,” Daniel said. “We recognized that was a vision worth pursuing.”