Wexford Science+Technology to Begin $40M Bailey Power Plant Redevelopment
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As part of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, Wexford Science+Technology, a BioMed Realty company, plans to redevelop two-thirds of the Bailey Power Plant in Winston-Salem. The $40 million project is Phase I in the redevelopment of the entire plant, which ceased operations almost 20 years ago. Phase I includes the redeveloping of the plant’s main building and most of the surrounding grounds, including the iconic chimney stacks. Wexford will convert the five-story main building into 110,800 square feet of office, entertainment, retail and common space. Wake Forest Innovation Quarter plans to work with additional developers to repurpose two smaller buildings, the Morris Building and Building 23-1, on the southeast and southwest corners of the property. The city of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County have each agreed to provide $3 million through a combination of public infrastructure and economic assistance reimbursements, and Wexford will also utilize historic tax credits for the project. R.J. Reynolds donated the Bailey Power Plant lot and all structures on it to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2010, along with approximately $2 million for environmental abatement work, which was completed in 2013. Construction is expected to begin this spring. Portions of the main building are expected to be occupied late in the summer of 2017, while the entire main building and surrounding grounds will be completed by December 2017. To date, Wexford has invested nearly $390 million in the Innovation Quarter, a mixed-use development near Wake Forest University that features education, biotechnology, healthcare, software and technology components.