A second small lot of the Ochoco Lumber property has sold, but plans are unknown
Move-in day is getting closer for the Clinic Pharmacy.
"It'll be mid-February now, like the 18th or 19th — very soon," said Clinic Pharmacy owner and pharmacist Sean Phothiyane. "There's still a whole lot to be done yet."
The Clinic Pharmacy has occupied a temporary modular building on the east side of Prineville ever since moving out of the Pioneer Memorial Hospital campus on Northeast Elm Street in September of 2015.
It wasn't long before Phothiyane was making plans to purchase land from Ochoco Lumber Company and build a new business complex at the corner of Combs Flat Road and East Third Street in Prineville.
Clinic Pharmacy is not the developer of the property, Phothiyane pointed out, but rather a new company, Prineville Real Estate Group is, which he formed with a business partner. According Donna Barnes, the Ochoco Lumber Company accounting manager and project manager for the development, Mike Mendazona, of Hometown Drugs in Madras, purchased the property.
They broke ground on the first of two buildings on the 1.26-acre corner lot in July and are wrapping up construction. Most of the outdoor work is done, just the finish work needs to be completed before they move in, Phothiyane said. Insulation, drywall, restrooms, shelves and countertops need to be finished, landscaping will have to wait for better weather, and signs still need to be installed.
St. Charles Way, a new access road from Third Street, has already been built.
The pharmacy will occupy one of two commercial spaces within the first building. The pharmacy's new spot will be nearly three times as large as its former locations, at 3,000 square feet.
As for the second commercial space in that building, "We do have people who have signed the contract, but we're going to wait for the owner of that business to announce it himself," Phothiyane said.
After the Clinic Pharmacy moves into its new space, they will haul away the modular trailer and eventually construct a second commercial building in that location, which will be a little smaller than the first building and will have spots for two businesses.
"I'm not at liberty to say who they are yet," Phothiyane said of the future tenants, but one business will be a national sandwich chain featuring a drive-thru window.
Construction plans for the second building are still in the works, but Phothiyane said it could be finished later this year or early next year.
"I'd like to thank my customers. The people of Prineville are so supportive and so loyal — that's a big perk," Phothiyane said. "I wouldn't be able to do all this without their help and their patronage."
While the Clinic Pharmacy will be the first business to open on the north half of the Ochoco Lumber Company property, others may be on the horizon.
According to Prineville Senior Planner Josh Smith, Third Generation LLC, of Powell Butte, has purchased a 0.6-acre lot at the corner of Third Street and St. Charles Way.
Barnes, of Ochoco Lumber, confirmed that the lot was indeed sold, but said she is not aware of any of their plans.
"These people buy it, and until they're ready to build and have a design plan for us, we don't always know," Barnes said.
The business complex and the 0.6-acre lot that recently sold are part of a four-lot subdivision on the corner of Combs Flat and Third Street. The two other lots are 0.85 of an acre and 1.3 acres, Smith said.
St. Charles Prineville owns 30 acres of the old mill site, and, aside from the two small lots that are sold, 38 additional acres to the north of the hospital property are up for sale, Smith said.
"Everything south of the creek is zoned mixed use, so residential is allowed down there. That was done several years ago as part of their master plan," Smith pointed out, noting that the property along Third Street is zoned commercial.
"We're still working on it and marketing the property with NAI Cascades, but we don't have anything that we can release at this point," Barnes said of the remaining unsold land.