Making the rounds: Did you notice the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic sign at the construction site at 1010 South Ponds Drive at Baybrook Passage, next to Longhorn Steakhouse? Crews have begun work on a new medical office building for Kelsey-Seybold that will consolidate two nearby clinics — 830 Gemini Ave. and 17448 state Highway 3. 

The three-story Baybrook Passage clinic, which will be about 55,000 square feet, will have enough room for 25 physicians, with the possibility of expansion to accommodate 37, the Bay Area Houston Economic Development Partnership reported.

Houston-based Kelsey-Seybold was launched in 1949 by Dr. Mavis P. Kelsey, a fifth-generation Texan. He was impressed by the Mayo Clinic model of combining primary and specialty medical services in one clinic, according to the company.

More than 413 Kelsey-Seybold providers practice at 20 locations and a specialized Sleep Center in the greater Houston area. Look for an August opening. 

Medical makeover: In more evidence that health care is a thriving Clear Lake area industry, prolific Houston-based developer Medistar plans a medical makeover of property formerly occupied by aerospace contractors at the corner of Gemini Street and Buccaneer Lane. Medistar, according to the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, plans to redevelop three buildings on the property as skilled a nursing unit, a long-term acute care center and a medical office. 

An aerospace contractor used one 49,000-square-foot building as a laboratory; the other two buildings — each 40,000 square feet — were office buildings. The addresses are 1045 Gemini and 16840 and 16850 Buccaneer. 

Bed counts: Meanwhile, Medistar and Dallas-based Cobalt Medical Development are planning to build a 45-bed rehabilitation hospital and medical office building on 10 acres on the southeast corner of state Highway 3 and Medical Center Boulevard in Webster. 

Medistar, which specializes in the development, design and construction of integrated medical plazas that involve surgery, diagnostic, physical therapy, doctors’ offices and other functions, also is working with Surgical Development Partners on the 373,000-square-foot Bay Area Regional Medical Center. The $160 million hospital, 200 Blossom St., will have 104 beds, with space to grow to 176. The first patient at Webster’s new Bay Area Regional Medical Center should be admitted in June, developers said.

High roller: Island-born billionaire Tilman Fertitta, owner of Landry’s Inc. and Golden Nugget Casinos, last week announced closing on the purchase of the Lake Charles Golden Nugget Casino Resort and Hotel under construction next door to the highly successful L’Auberge Lake Charles Casino Resort

Fertitta announced in July his intention to acquire and invest $600 million in the Lake Charles, La., property, which will mark his fifth Golden Nugget Casino and the closest one yet to his hometown. Fertitta acquired the casino, formerly an Ameristar Casinos project, from Pinnacle Entertainment. Pinnacle Entertainment, which owns L’Auberge, in August finalized a $2.8 billion acquisition of rival Ameristar Casinos. Fertitta’s latest Golden Nugget, two hours from Houston, will include nearly 750 luxury hotel rooms and suites, an 18-hole championship golf course, a swank spa, retail shops and some of Landry’s signature restaurants, including Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse and Grotto Italian Ristorante, which recently opened in Galveston.

The Lake Charles property also will include an 18,000-square-foot ballroom, an entertainment showroom, meeting spaces, a “one-of-a-kind” pool and a beach front and marina with more than 3,000 parking spaces, Fertitta said.

The Golden Nugget Casino and Resort, which is expected to open late next year, also will include a state-of-the-art casino with more than 60 table games, a poker room and 1,600 of the newest slot machines in the world, Fertitta said. The Golden Nugget holds the last gambling license issued by the state of Louisiana.

Texas law prohibits casino gambling, driving Texans to markets such as Louisiana. But should gambling ever become legal in Texas, most industry observers are betting Fertitta would be a Galveston casino operator. 

Turkey day talk: Are you looking for someone else to do the cooking on Thanksgiving Day? The Gumbo Diner, 3602 Seawall Blvd. on the island, is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Want to give thanks for football? Island eatery The Spot and adjoining concepts Tiki Bar, Squeeze Ritas & Tequilas, RumShack and SideYard — all of which are in one complex at 3204 Seawall Blvd. — will open at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Laura Elder is a reporter for The Daily News. Biz Buzz appears Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email your tips and suggestions to

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