As talk goes back and forth on establishing a Spokane Medical School, another major project of a similar nature will finally get moving next month. That project is the new University District Health Clinic, which will be located along Front St, with Martin Luther King Way to the back of the future site.
This new health clinic will take the place of the former Peione Produce warehouse which was demolished back in early March. The clinic is a part of the Spokane Teaching Health Consortium of which Washington State University, Providence Health and Empire Health Foundation are a part of.
The new clinic will be in a new construction, stand alone structure which will be the ninth building on WSU's Spokane Campus. The building will have two story's and occupy about 42,000 square feet of space. It is estimated that this project will cost around $15 million to build but will create more physician residency openings locally and create many new jobs as a whole.
Bouden Construction of Spokane will be the builder of the clinic with designs by NAC Architecture , both of which are local companies. If all goes as planned the new University District Health Clinic is expected to open for business sometime in 2016.
While demolition work is wrapping up at the site, the building phase will be kicked off soon at a groundbreaking ceremony to be held in early May. The official groundbreaking will take place on Wednesday, May 6th at 9:00 am at the site on Front.
In case your wondering just what this new University District Health Clinic will look like once it's complete, here is an example rendering-
The health clinic will not be a full hospital but will provide many different health services to the community. We expect to hear more on what services will be available here in the coming months.