Plans to open a new Oregon Clinic location in Newberg passed another hurdle as the City Council signed off on a property-division plan for the site on Providence Drive.
If all else goes according to plan, construction on the new clinic could begin as early as the waning days of summer, according to Mike Gougler, who represents the current owners of the property.
"The goal is to be able to start construction in 60 days — this depends on how long it will take to complete design review by the city," he said in an email, noting that the process with the city thus far has taken longer than expected.
Community Development Director Doug Rux confirmed that the city received an application for the new clinic and the application is in review, but he declined to share those documents until staff determine if the application is complete and post it to the city's website.
A spokeswoman with The Oregon Clinic did not respond to requests for an interview.
Under the plan, the medical clinic will get about three acres of land at 879 Providence Drive owned by the Werth family, represented by Gougler. The site is south of Providence Newberg Medical Center, north of Springbrook Meadows retirement community and west of Providence Drive.
The Oregon Clinic has been trying to build a facility in Newberg for some time, but a number of delays and roadblocks stalled the project.
A proposal to build the clinic was previously considered in the same area, but east of Providence Drive. That placed it partially on land proposed for a phase of the Newberg-Dundee bypass and some parties expressed concern that construction on that site could make future right-of-way purchases unrealistically expensive.
That development proposal spurred the Yamhill County Parkway Committee to take action that led to the allocation of $10.5 million to buy that land for right-of-way sooner rather than later. (Much of that money was originally allotted for the first phase of the bypass). At that point the clinic proposal appeared to have stalled, as the involved parties expressed uncertainty that other land in the vicinity would be available and workable for the project.
With the Werth family having made an agreement with Friendsview Retirement Community to earmark 10 acres of land south of the hospital for development, three of those acres are now slated for The Oregon Clinic.
In packed meeting June 19, the council approved the plan as part of its consent agenda, specifically revising the city's easements for pedestrian and bike paths on the property.