ROANOKE, Va. -

The building has been vacant for four years, but now the former Ukrop's supermarket in Roanoke will have a new owner and new mission.

Wednesday morning, Carilion Clinic detailed its plans for an outpatient facility on the property.
 
Carilion says it will renovate the building into a "neuro-musculoskeletal center."

With a focus on orthopaedics and neurosciences, that will include outpatient treatment for arthritis, spine disorders, nerve problems, stroke rehabilitation and pain management. It will also include care for patients with brain tumors, and cancer of the brain, spine and bones.

Carilion Clinic executives and community leaders crowded into the empty supermarket for the announcement.

"Looking forward we see a growing need for specialized care in our region," Carilion CEO Nancy Agee told the crowd, "in particular orthopaedics and neurosurgery."

Carilion Clinic will pay Valley Bank $7 million for the property, and spend $9 million on the renovation, a cheaper alternative, the health system says, to new construction.

And Doctor Joseph Moskal says there are medical benefits as well, bringing many disciplines under one roof and allowing Carilion Clinic to treat the entire patient in one location.

"I think it can only elevate the quality and the care provided," Moskal told WDBJ7, "as well as in a more efficient and convenient manner for the patient."

Valley Bank hopes the project will spur further development in the Franklin Road corridor.

Ellis Gutshall is the Chief Executive of Valley Bank. "Some that should be retail, could be office space," Gutshall said in an interview, "got a couple of restaurants that we're talking to so hopefully we want all of Franklin Road to be right up to the curb."

Carilion Clinic has an ambitious schedule for the renovations. Executives say they hope to hold a ribbon cutting in 18 months.

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Carilion Clinic is providing more details about a new outpatient center in the former Ukrop's building in Roanoke.

Carilion made the announcement Wednesday morning at the site of the former supermarket.

Carilion is describing it as "a comprehensive orthopaedic and neurosciences outpatient center."  During a news conference, Carilion CEO Nancy Agee said the facility will provide care for a variety of conditions including treatment for arthritis, spine disorders, nerve problems, stroke rehabilitation and pain management.

With an aging population, Agee said the need for those types of services is growing.

“Here we can offer comprehensive collaborative treatment of the brain and body, along with rehabilitation education and research to meet our needs, we believe, for this region for years to come,” Agee said,

The 65,000-square-foot building has been vacant for four years. Carilion Clinic plans to buy the property from Valley Bank for $7 million, and then spend an additional $9 million to renovate the building.

Pending approvals, Carilion hopes to hold a ribbon cutting here in 18 months.

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Roanoke City Council has cleared the way for Carilion Clinic to take over the former Ukrop's building on Franklin Road.

Carilion plans to renovate the building for an outpatient specialty clinic.

Tuesday city council approved changes to an incentive agreement with the property's current owner.

Despite hope the site would host another grocery store, council members said the Carilion project is a good use that will deliver good jobs for the area.

"It would have been better if Ukrop's had been successful. It would have been better if we could have gotten Whole Foods, but those efforts have been made," said city council member Bill Bestpitch.