PPH plans to break ground on clinic in May or June

By Karen Brainard

Palomar Pomerado Health hopes to break ground on its Ramona satellite clinic in May or June, according to officials in the public health district.

If that happens, the target completion date is April 2013, said Michael Shanahan, director of PPH facilities planning.

The project has received approvals from the Ramona Municipal Water District and the San Diego County Planning Department, said Shanahan.

To be built on an acre of PPH-owned property north of Main Street between 13th and 14th streets, the clinic has been downsized from the original plans of 36,650 square feet to 7,600 square feet. The economy and less tenant commitments contributed to the downsizing, said PPH officials.

Palomar Pomerado Health and its affiliated physician organization, Arch Health Partners, will occupy the building, providing primary care, urgent care and some specialty services.

Due to the changes, an addendum was added to the project’s California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) final mitigated negative declaration, which was to be addressed by PPH directors this week. Upon board approval of the final project and addendum, Shanahan said the next steps would be seeking grading and building permits from the county.

Total cost of the project is estimated at $6 million, said Shanahan, with the county’s Transportation Impact Fee (TIF) costing about $75,000.

Money for the project comes from a $496 million bond that voters approved in November 2004.

   
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