PITTSFIELD -- Berkshire Medical Center has purchased the building on 8 Conte Drive that was formerly occupied by Berkshire Hematology Oncology, BMC spokesman Michael Leary said.

BMC paid $2.1 million for the 9,775-square-foot structure, according to documents on file at the Central Berkshire Registry of Deeds.

The property was formerly owned by DRTZ LLC, which is managed by Berkshire Hematology Oncology physicians Michael DeLeo and Harvey Zimbler.

Leary said the purchase was part of an arrangement between Berkshire Health Systems and Berkshire Hematology Oncology, which led the region's largest private medical practice to move into the new $30 million cancer center that is being built at BMC's Hillcrest campus on Tor Court.

Berkshire Hematology Oncology moved into the state-of-the-art facility shortly after the first phase of the project was completed in August. The completion of office space for Berkshire Hematology Oncology personnel was included in phase one.

Construction of the second phase of the four-story 49,893-square-foot facility is expected to be completed by this winter, while the third and final phase will be completed sometime in 2014.

Leary said BMC has yet to determine how it plans to utilize the Conte Drive structure, which was built in 2000.
"That's under discussion and study," he said.

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