Medical complex of 3 buildings planned for Wells Street

Medical complex of 3 buildings planned for Wells Street

The Westerly Sun

WESTERLY — A new three-building medical office complex is planned for Wells Street, near its intersection with East Avenue and just up the street from Westerly Hospital.

On Thursday the Planning Board reviewed pre-application and conceptual plans submitted on behalf of Bailes, Firenza & Graves IV LLC, of Providence, the company that owns the 1.59-acre site at 50 Wells St., the address of the proposed complex. Micheal Integlia Jr. of Michael Integlia & Co., which is manging the project, and Tom Cousineau, the company’s director of construction operations, presented the plans to the board. They were joined by Vin Indeglia, a Providence lawyer who is Integlia’s cousin. Indeglia is a managing partner in Bailes, Firenza & Graves.

The project calls for three 6,000-square-foot buildings. Integlia said Bailes, Firenza & Graves have several potential tenants who are interested in the complex but no firm commitments.

“It’s a multi-tenant project. We have not identified specific tenants as of yet but have a number of prospective tenants who are interested,” Integlia said.

Integlia’s firm has developed several commercial real estate projects, including medical facilities, in Rhode Island and Southern Florida.

The site is about 500 yards up the hill from Westerly Hospital. In 2015, when it was cleared of trees, Westerly Hospital confirmed that it had reached out to the owners of 50 Wells St. to discuss their plans.

The land at 50 Wells St. had previously been envisioned as a potential site for a medical office building. In 2007, Robert Cruso, who owned the property at the time, obtained a special use permit from the Zoning Board of Review to build a 27,000-square-foot, two-story building to be called Maxwell Medical Office Building. The building was never constructed, and the property was later acquired by Dennis McGloin, transfered to the Dennis McGloin Trust, and then sold to Bailes Firenza & Graves LLC for $450,000 in 2014.

Indeglia played a critical role while Westerly Hospital was in receivership, from late 2011 to June 2013. He worked closely with Mark Russo, the lawyer who oversaw the receivership as special master. Indeglia’s work on the receivership included studying and reporting on the organizational and financial structure of the hospital’s affiliates when the receivership started.

The next step is for Bailes, Firenza & Graves is to file preliminary and master plans. The board sometimes allows the two phases to be considered simultaneously.

Board member Catherine DeNoia asked how the developers planned to screen the complex from nearby houses. Integlia said the complex would be screened by planting trees along the rear of the property.


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