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GREENFIELD — Aurora Health Care has announced plans to build a $55.5 million ambulatory surgery center and medical office building at the 84South shopping, residential and office complex under construction in Greenfield.

The facility will provide access to a variety of services, including general surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, GI, pain management and urology.

Pending government approvals, Aurora anticipates that work on the site will begin later this year and be complete by mid-2019.

The 84South complex is being built along Layton Avenue between 84th and 92nd streets.

Steve Francaviglia, president of Aurora’s greater Milwaukee south service area, said the facility will serve as a specialty hub and provide new and expanded services for those in Greenfield and surrounding communities.

The multistory, approximately 130,000-square-foot facility would include an outpatient imaging center, sports health and rehabilitation, a specialty physician clinic and dispensary pharmacy. The facility would also increase capacity at Aurora St. Luke’s and Aurora West Allis Medical Center campuses, allowing Aurora to continue developing hospital-based services that best address patients’ evolving needs.

Greenfield's needs also will be addressed, as Aurora will pay property taxes. That's because the facility will lease its quarters from an affiliate of Cobalt Partners, 84South developer. Even if the facility eventually goes to tax-exempt status, the city has put into the developers agreement with Aurora that it would continue to provide a payment in lieu of taxes, said Mayor Michael Neitzke.

With Aurora being only the latest in a number of tenants announced for the new 84South center, Neitzke said there has been an uptick in businesses interested in locating in areas outside of 84South. The city has had numerous inquiries as to opportunities along Layton Avenue east of 84South and along 76th Street south to Southridge and even north to Spring Mall, Neitzke said.

"It's having a more far-reaching impact than anticipated," he said of 84South that is expected to have a total property value of some $165 million.

The businesspeople realize that 84South will draw a lot of people, either to shopping, restaurants, the Aurora facility or to other offices, Neitkze said. People also will work there and live there and be a customer base for 84South and for the entire area, he said.

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