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Cornelius News

New hospital coming in 2024 will operate on former farm

Zoning around proposed hospital (outlined in yellow) between Hwy. 21 and I-77

July 19. By Dave Vieser. A $150 million hospital is coming to Cornelius in 2024. When completed, the first phase of the new Atrium hospital will contain 38 beds.

Officials from the The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority outlined their proposal for Atrium’s hospital in Cornelius at the Town Board’s July 18 meeting.

The property is the former Cook family farm which sold for $34 million to an Arizona developer in 2006, before the real estate collapse. Renamed Augustalee, it was purchased for $7.3 million after Fifth Third foreclosed.

Atrium Hospital in Cornelius


In order to build the facility, the authority is requesting to rezone 28.85 acres of a 97-acre parcel on the west side of Statesville Road/Highway 21 just south of the existing Bailey Road intersection.

Their plans call for opening a hospital in 2024 containing 282,000 square feet. The maximum height of the new hospital will be six stories, or 120 feet.

Medical offices

Accompanying the hospital will be several medical office buildings and associated accessory facilities totaling approximately 90,000 square feet.

A second phase will be added at a later date and would contain approximately 100 additional beds, if approved by the state.

The town will review the plans submitted by the authority, then schedule public review and hearings before the Planning Board as well as the full Town Board at dates to be announced.

In this site plan Hwy 21 runs along the top and a new Bailey Road extension runs up and down on the right