Optima Health moving into old Military Circle Mall space

(WAVY Photos)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk officials made an economic announcement Wednesday afternoon that will bring an additional 200 jobs to the city.

Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander said the Optima Health Community Care Coordination Center will occupy 45,000 square feet of space in the old J.C. Penney building at Military Circle Mall.

“This is positive for the city, but it continues to build on the momentum that the city has sparked and ignited in the City of Norfolk, especially in this corridor,” Alexander said.

A rendering of the Optima Health building occupying part of the old J.C. Penneys at Military Circle Mall. (Photo: L. Nusbaum Realty Co.)

It will join Movement Mortgage in the building, which announced last year it was relocating its operations center from Virginia Beach to Military Circle Mall, with construction expected to be complete by June 1.

J.C. Penney at Military Circle closed its doors in May of 2014. The city purchased 16 acres along the Military Highway Corridor, including the store and surrounding parking spaces.

Alexander said the city is now beyond the “break even” point for its $18 million investment.

“The Military Circle location was perfect for our needs,” Said Michael M. Dudley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Optima Health. “The City of Norfolk offered us the ability to place our entire customer service team on one floor, they were willing to work quickly so we could get in the space immediately and the location is centrally located allowing us to maximize our recruiting efforts.”