Plans are in the works to build a multistory medical office complex at a busy Theatre Drive intersection.

Johnstown Construction Services and fellow project planners met with Richland’s planning commission on Tuesday to outline plans for a two-story medical facility at the road’s intersection with Eisenhower Boulevard.

The project has state and township regulatory hurdles to clear. As planned, an L-shaped, 22,000-square-foot building would be built on one corner of the multi-acre site, Johnstown Construction President Jim Vasilko said.

Several lots in the commercially zoned area would be combined to create space for the building and about 90 parking spaces, he said.

An unnamed tenant already has plans to occupy the entire first floor with a medical office, exam rooms and other needs, Vasilko said.

Second floor space would be sold for additional medical or professional offices.

“We’re hoping to get started in the spring,” Vasilko said.

The land was previously eyed for an Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse before falling through last year. At the time, the chains’ corporate parent had announced major scalebacks of new restaurant projects nationwide and a freeze on future Olive Gardens while working through financial struggles.

The land is now under a sales agreement with an unnamed buyer, Vasilko said.

He said a large portion of the medical building site will be reserved for existing wetlands.

Plans outlined access to the building on both Theatre and Eisenhower but township Zoning Officer Dave Mills said the Theatre Drive entry might need to be restricted to one-way access due to traffic concerns.

And a small strip of land at one end of the layout is zoned residential, meaning developers would need to seek a variance before requesting to merge properties involved in the project, he said.

Vasilko said he hoped to continue pushing the project forward in the coming months. A wetlands study was already completed, he added.

David Hurst is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5053. Follow him on Twitter @TDDavidHurst.

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