The demolition work should go quickly and will be completed in two or three days, according to Venerable president Craig Kelly. After the building is down, general contractor Schommer & Sons will begin site work and – depending on the permitting process, which is nearly complete – hammers should begin swinging in early June. The clinic is slated to open in the summer of 2018.
Venerable purchased the property in September and will serve as developer for the project. SERA Architects designed the building. The two residential properties to the north of the site – which were included in the deal – will not be demolished. The project is planned to include at least 45 parking spaces.
“I’m really proud to be a part of this high-caliber project,” said Kelly. “Portland Clinic is extremely proactive about the comfort of their patients and they’ve gone above and beyond with design efficiency on this project to ensure that their patients get a top-notch experience when they visit the new building. I’m confident that this project will stand the test of time and neighbors will appreciate the building as a landmark in the community for many years to come.”
In addition to the 24,000 square feet leased by Portland Clinic, the 32,000-square-foot project will include 6000 to 8000 square feet of ground-floor retail space fronting Sandy.
“We’ll begin marketing those properties in earnest once construction is underway and we’ve already had a few nibbles,” said Kelly. “We’ll be looking for tenants that will be a good addition to the community and a good fit for Portland Clinic’s mission.”
Portland Clinic executive director Dick Clark and Julie Zeller, manager of the clinic’s two current neighborhood locations, visited the Hollywood Boosters luncheon in February to present their plans for the clinic and their desire to integrate within the community.
A former director of the Rose Festival Association with memories of many junior parades on Sandy Boulevard, Clark attended Holy Redeemer elementary school in the Piedmont neighborhood and graduated from Central Catholic High in 1978. Zeller is also an eastside neighbor and has been with the clinic since 2002.
“We’ve been inspired by the optimistic, good-natured people who make this neighborhood a great place to live,” said Zeller. “Our doctors and staff are looking forward to building relationships here and contributing to a healthy community.”
The new facility will consolidate the clinic’s current staff from its two smaller eastside locations – 541 N.E. 20th Ave. in the Kerns neighborhood and 5847 N.E. 122nd Ave. in Parkrose – and will bring approximately 50 full-time employees to the district.
“Portland’s population is expanding,” said Clark. “We’re seeing growing demand for our medical services throughout the city and we want to position our services in convenient locations to serve current and new residents. This new facility not only improves access for our patients on the east side, it also makes it possible for us to expand the services we’ll offer.”