New Providence medical clinic coming to west Olympia

Work is under way to turn a former retailer in west Olympia into a new medical clinic, according to information on file with the city of Olympia.

The project at 1620 Cooper Point Road SW, formerly the site of an Office Depot, will create Providence West Olympia Clinic, according to a commercial and multifamily building permit application.

A building permit for the project was issued in January, said Olympia permit specialist Pam Fant.

The cost to transform the 25,000-square-foot building into a clinic is estimated at $3.6 million, according to city data. A worker on site Monday said the clinic is expected to open this year, possibly as early as July.

Chris Thomas, a spokesman with Providence Health & Services, was traveling in Eastern Washington on Monday and said he could not reach a Providence official to comment.

The clinic likely will be operated by the Providence Medical Group, which operates several clinics in Thurston County, including an existing clinic on Cooper Point Road called Providence West Olympia Family Medicine. The existing clinic is expected to move to the new location.

Once complete, the new clinic in west Olympia will be comparable in size to the 28,500-square-foot Providence Medical Group clinic that opened in Hawks Prairie, north of Interstate 5, in 2012.

Providence Medical Group Chief Executive Rik Emaus said at the time that patient growth had prompted Providence to expand its presence in Hawks Prairie.

Patient growth likely is driving the need for the new clinic, now that more people have access to health care under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The co-owner and manager of Mud Bay Coffee, which will share a parking lot with the new clinic, is thrilled about the prospect of more business.

“We’re looking at it as a big change for the good,” Ken Campbell said.

It wasn’t clear how long Office Depot has been closed.