By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Expect to see signs of a new medical clinic at Keizer Station within the next couple of months.
That’s the word from Alan Roodhouse, president and owner of RPS Development.
Roodhouse, who played a key role in the early development of Keizer Station, is a contracted developer for ACP I LLC, the company building Kaiser Permanente’s 20,132 square foot medical clinic. Among the partners with ACP is Chuck Sides, the controversial developer with a long history in the area.
“This is the same group that (initially) built Keizer Station,” Roodhouse said. “These are the partners that helped them build the first phase, the same group. This is the continuation of the project that began 10 years ago with the retail. This is continuing what we felt was an important mix for Keizer Station, adding to the retail. This is part of the tenant mix we envisioned from the beginning.”
While there had been talk of a groundbreaking ceremony this month, Roodhouse said that won’t be the case. Site preparation was expected to begin this week.
“The building should start appearing from the standpoint of someone driving by in mid- to late-March,” Roodhouse said. “This will feature tilt-up construction, in which the main walls are reinforced concrete members. A slab is poured first, then the walls are poured into place on the slab.
You pour panels, which become the walls. You let them set, then raise them, thus the tilt-up. Then you put in the interior structural elements like columns and roof joints to make it a strong building structurally.”
Roodhouse said there will be a ribbon cutting late this year.
“The building should be complete in November,” he said. “I would guess in December for an opening.”
That timeline is similar to the original one given by Gena Bailey, Kaiser Permanente’s Mid-Valley Service Area director, when the project was first announced last June. Bailey said at the time the clinic would feature 10 physicians, x-rays, a lab and a pharmacy. Kaiser Permanente has an estimated 10,000 members in Keizer.
“There’s such a wonderful opportunity for growth,” Bailey said of opening in Keizer. “It’s convenient at Keizer Station from anywhere in the area. It’s a great area to expand to.”
The news of Kaiser Permanente’s timing comes shortly before the scheduled Feb. 1 opening of the Silverton Health clinic on Inland Shores Way N.
Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher predicted more such announcements last June.
“I think you’re going to see more medical support businesses come to town now,” Christopher said at the time. “It shows extreme confidence in our city, our policies and especially in our location. There’s no better location than Keizer. We’ve now got 30,000 square feet in medical clinics that have committed to us.”
Roodhouse said original growth plans for Keizer Station were put on hold when the economy went south in 2008.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Roodhouse said of the Kaiser Permanente project. “It’s great. It’s too bad we had a five-year hiatus with the market. Everyone is excited to see this happen. It should be a great thing for Keizer.”