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Site-clearing for DaVita clinic begins

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KENLY — Constuction workers have begun preliminary site preparation work at a one-acre tract of land located off U.S. 301 about a mile north of Kenly expected to be the site of a DaVita kidney dialysis clinic.

Raleigh attorney David Kirby, whose family previously owned the property prior to selling it to DaVita, Inc. had requested and received annexation of the site into the town of Kenly last July with the possibility of a medical office being built.

According to Kenly Town Manager Michael Douglas, DaVita has obtained all necessary permits as required by law to begin construction on the site.

Douglas said all engineering plans have been approved and workers are now in the demolition stages of the project that includes removing buildings, natural debris and other items from the property prior to construction.

The site was formerly the location of Margie’s Motel.

A spokesman for PLT Construction Co. of Wilson, the site preparation contractor, said after the structures are demolished and removed, the site will be cleared and made ready for construction.

An attorney for DaVita would not provide a timetable for the new clinic, but an announcement is expected soon.

Headquartered in Denver, DaVita is one of the largest kidney care providers in the United States, according to its website. DaVita and its subsidiaries operate a network of 2,510 dialysis centers across the U.S. and 237 dialysis centers in 11 other countries.

The company ranked No. 181 on the Fortune 500 in 2017, which was its 11th year to be ranked. It has been on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 10 consecutive years.