When the first building in the Papillion Professional Park went up a decade ago amid cornstalks near 72nd and Halleck Streets, developer Mike Moylan knew it was ahead of its time.
“The timing was a little early,” said Moylan of Shamrock Development, “but we were convinced 72nd Street was heading in the direction of being the major north-south corridor in the area.”
Fast-forward to today, when one of the Omaha area’s fastest-growing residential subdivisions and related shopping center have established about a mile to the south. About as far away to the north are bustling Market Pointe stores, more home-building, and a newer commercial cluster with stores including Hobby Lobby.
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With that growth comes the final phase of the Papillion Professional Park.
Construction has begun on a 20,500-square-foot building that will finish the park and its roughly 40,000 square feet of office space.
About 40 percent of the new facility, to be done in early 2014, will be leased by the Pediatric Therapy Center, which has outgrown its home in another part of the office park and will nearly double its space and add an outdoor playground.
Owners Stephanie Adam and Candice Mullendore launched the specialized outpatient clinic in 2008 with a staff of five that has expanded to 27. The center’s occupational, physical and speech therapists have treated more than 900 children with special needs. The business anticipates more hiring to meet demand that has exceeded expectations.
“It blows us away,” Mullendore said. “We knew we’d have growth. We planned for growth. But we never could have imagined this growth.”
The women, who previously worked in school settings, said the accessible location and Sarpy County’s development has contributed to their success. Families, they said, also are yearning for private services to supplement services provided at public schools.
Most tenants in the Papillion Professional Park are health-related. They include Hudson Neuropsychology, Imagine Orthodontics, Sarpy Chiropractic and Heartland Women’s Healthcare. The Omaha Police Credit Union is also a key tenant.
Kristi Peterson, a doctor who owns and works in the park’s first building, is partnering with her office manager, Terry Chandler, and developer Shamrock on the third structure. Peterson, of Heartland Women’s Healthcare, and Chandler will own that final structure. The site architect is RDG Planning Design; general contractor is Lund-Ross Constructors.
Chandler recalls when ground was broken on the first of the buildings in 2002, and the YMCA was virtually the lone neighbor along a stretch of 72nd Street between Cornhusker and Cedardale Roads.
“It was kind of desolate,” he said. “Traffic has increased a lot; it’s really developed the last 10 to 15 years, that’s for sure.”