Land deal to open doors for new Heights medical clinic

18 Aug

Pending sale of 1.8 acres on the west side of 12th Street just south of Pacific Avenue will lay the groundwork for construction of a new medical office building.

Henry Fischer of Fischer Development confirmed this morning that he has reached an agreement to purchase the property from the current owner, Hood River Equities LLC, which is essentially Stephen Ford and Andy von Flotow. Ford confirmed it as well, and said closing is set for Aug. 27.

As soon as the deal seals, Fischer plans to begin site plan review with the city. Plans haven’t been completed, so he couldn’t say if the building would be one or two stories. It will have between 8,000 and 10,000 square feet of interior space, and be sited on the south side of the property, just north of the former Ford auto dealership. Fischer plans to adjust the lot line between that property and the lot just to the north, which now contains an unoccupied house, so that both parcels are about the same size. He has no immediate plans for the corner lot.

Grading work for the southern parcel could begin this fall. Fischer expects construction to start in early 2011.

Fischer has a committed tenant — a group of physicians. He and the tenant group also have had talks with adjacent Columbia Gorge Community College about possible use of the clinic after hours for classes in the college’s medical programs.

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