Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center is poised to acquire nearly 30 acres of land in Liberty Township for a future ambulatory care center and physician offices.

The property is part of the Golf Village North development at the northeast corner of Sawmill Parkway and Home Road.

The Wexner Medical Center board approved the property acquisition last week.

The medical center is expected to buy the property, currently owned by Golf Village North LLC, for $8 million.

"We believe it's a good purchase for the university," said Jay Kasey, senior vice president for administration and planning at Ohio State.

The purchase would mark the second piece of land Ohio State has acquired in recent months for future ambulatory centers. In April, the medical center board and university trustees approved the purchase of nearly 32 acres of land in northeast Columbus near New Albany.

At that time, board materials described the envisioned ambulatory center as about 200,000 square feet, including ambulatory surgery, endoscopy, primary care, specialty medical and surgical clinics, and related support services. Ohio State officials said then that they anticipated the design of that ambulatory center could be used for future such centers built elsewhere.

The ambulatory care facilities both were described as "a key component of the Wexner Medical Center's strategic plan" in board materials.

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