The weather was a bit on the wet side. Well let’s be more clear… it was pouring rain all morning. However true to Northwest spirit, rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd attending the Groundbreaking ceremony for the new two story medical clinic at the corner of 139th and 10th Ave just North of the Salmon Creek Park & Ride.
Here is a link to the article in the VBJ from October 12th which announced the project. There was a crowd of close to fifty people, which included representatives from the nine medical practices, their banking team, the design and construction team and a sizeable contingent from the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.
Debbie Lehner from Balanced Physical Therapy spoke for the ownership group, which consists of Creekside Medical, Balanced Physical Therapy, Cascadia Womens Clinic and Adventure Dental.
Ron Frederiksen CEO of RSV Building Solutions shared with us the challenges of nine individual practices trying to settle on a common vision, and highlighted the benefits that can be derived for both the community and these companies when trust and cooperation win the day. Click this link to hear an interview I conducted with Ron last spring where we talked about the constrcution industry in Clark County and RSV’s focus on Owner /User projects.
We had the pleasure of having Dr Jill Speaker and Dr Amy Nopatchi of Creekside Medical attend our Commmerial Property 101 workshop – Stop Leasing ! Own your Business Property back in the spring of 2011, and want to extend our congratulations to them for stickign with it.
Ron also introduced the family who sold the land. They had lived on this spot for over 95 years. Even beyond the work the medical practices had to do to make the deal successful, Clark County Comissioners went the extra mile determinng that the benefits of the job creation generated by these practices teaming on this project was worth waving some traffic impact fees that would have stopped it cold.
Clearly with the WSDOT cranes visible in the backdrop to the East, working on Phase Four or the 139th overpass project, this ceremony symbolizes continued progress and growth for our community, and is a harbinger for what is on the horizon in the Salmon Creek/ Fairgrounds hub. I’ll share some additional perspectives on that in an upcoming Blog/ Article called Go North Young man.