NAPLES — Officials from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Naples and local civic leaders are to gather today at the site of the eye institute's future complex in North Naples to mark the beginning of an expanded presence in the community.
The eye institute that is part of the University of Miami's College of Medicine plans to build a 20,000-square-foot clinic and ambulatory surgery center at 3860 U.S. 41 N. on 1.5 acres at the northeast corner of Cypress Wood Drive.
The future complex is estimated to cost $9 million and is targeted to open in two years, said Dr. Stephen Schwartz, medical director of Bascom's current medical center near NCH Downtown Naples Hospital.
"A lot of what we build will depend on fundraising," Schwartz said.
Local leaders taking part in a 10 a.m. ceremonial groundbreaking include Naples Mayor John Sorey, Collier County Commissioner Fred Coyle and Dudley Goodlette, chairman-elect of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.
Several Bascom Palmer officials from the institute's main campus in Miami are expected to be on hand.
Bascom officials closed on the $2.8 million land purchase in early December.
Buildings on the site are being demolished.