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KENLY — With the completion of site preparation work by PLT Construction Co. of Wilson at a 1-acre tract of land located off U.S. 301 a mile north of Kenly, workers last week began installing structural steel for a building that will become a DaVita Inc. kidney dialysis clinic.
General contractor of the project is Sedberry Construction Inc. of Mount Gilead.
When completed, the 8,850 square-foot facility will include a 21-station outpatient dialysis unit along with two training rooms. It’s being built with the capability for expansion in the future.
The clinic will feature a drive-thru drop-off canopy and will have 37 parking spaces.
The structure will be a pre-engineered metal building with metal wall panels, painted block and HardiePlank siding.
According to project superintendent Dax Sedberry, the facility should be complete in late August.
Sedberry said it would likely take several weeks for the company to move its equipment into the building, with the clinic likely opening being before year’s end.
The clinic will have a Kenly address and will be located on property that once served as the location for Margie’s Motel.
The tract of land, previously owned by the Kirby family and sold to DaVita, is located in Wilson County as part of Kenly’s corporate limits extend there. The land was annexed into the town of Kenly last year.
Town officials approved an application for voluntary annexation, which means the property owner asked the town to expand its jurisdictional boundary in order to provide services such as water, sewer and police protection. It’s common for property owners to request annexation or rezoning when property is sold or leased, according to Kenly Town Manager Michael Douglas.
Headquartered in Denver, DaVita is one of the nation’s largest kidney care providers. DaVita and its subsidiaries operate a network of 2,510 dialysis centers across the U.S. and 237 dialysis centers in 11 other countries.