New medical center begins major development at Riverside air base

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Demolition crews will start to clear the way for a new medical center at March Air Reserve Base this week. The Riverside airfield is the future home of what some call the “Mayo Clinic of the West.”

This week, demolition crews are taking down two large buildings once used by the Air Force and the Army Reserve. The base’s vacant five-story hospital will be leveled early next year. More than a dozen other old buildings will follow.

In their wake will come the 145-acre March LifeCare medical campus. It’ll be home to the March Memorial Hospital, outpatient services for military veterans and civilians, office space and even a hotel.

The March LifeCare project is expected to create more than 10,000 temporary construction jobs – and another 7,000 full-time jobs once it’s up and running four years from now.