Two longtime local businesses in the community recently presented plans for their newly expanded facilities to the Southern Pines Town Council.

Sandhills Pediatrics is developing a 2.3-acre site near the intersection of Morganton Road and Brucewood Road, behind The Pavilion building. The new 22,600-square-foot medical office building will nearly double the clinic’s number of exam rooms, from 24 to 42 rooms. Plans also call for a small outdoor play/waiting room and 115 parking spaces.

The property is part of the 116.7-acre Morganton Park North development where the new 800-student Southern Pines Elementary school is now under construction. A traffic impact analysis was conducted as part of the application process for the pediatric clinic, but no road improvements are required.

In addition to the medical practice, Fidelity Bank also received unanimous approval for its
proposed new two-story building near the intersection of Morganton Road and old U.S. 1. The site is part of the former Bill Smith/Crossroads Ford Lincoln dealership.

“We looked high and low to relocate our current office in Aberdeen. We had outgrown the location,” said Phil Woodard, Fidelity’s executive vice president. “We have great plans for the future.”

The proposed new bank building will offer more office spaces and easier access for customers.

Plans call for a drive-through and parking lot entrance points on old U.S. 1 and Bell Avenue. The new all-brick facility will face the former dealership showroom.

“It is a beautiful building and we appreciate you coming to Southern Pines,” said Town
Councilwoman Carol Haney.

(Story by Laura Douglass reprinted from The Pilot 1-11-19.  Photos courtesy of Koontz Jones Design, and Fidelity Bank & Koontz Jones Design, respectively.)