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Western Sierra Medical Clinic to add 52 parking spaces at its Grass Valley location

The Development Review Committee of Grass Valley approved an application by representatives of Western Sierra Medical Clinic to add an additional parking lot at the medical group’s Grass Valley facility, during a meeting Tuesday morning.

The project was a move to accommodate the surge of patients after the medical center expanded its services, clinic officials said.

“For the past nine months, our services have outgrown our parking,” Western Sierra Medical Clinic CEO Scott McFarland said. “We are having difficulty finding spaces for patients to park.”

The parking space will be located to the north of the existing parking lot, on the west side of Old Tunnel Road in the Glenbrook Basin area of Grass Valley. The proposed project includes 52 parking spaces and a new access drive onto Old Tunnel Road.

According to city documents, the site measures 3.29 acres and will be used mainly for employee parking.

McFarland said weather permitting, he expects to begin working on the project in January. It will take about a month to finish the construction.

The project is estimated to cost around $250,000 to $300,000. McFarland said he is still trying to pull together the funding necessary, mainly through bank loans, but he doesn’t foresee any problem with the financing of the project.

“It’s not going to be a concern, it just takes time,” he said.

The project has been opened for bidding. McFarland said he wants to keep the project as “local as he can.”

The project falls in line with the intent of the Grass Valley 2020 General Plan, which designates the site as Office Professional.

Western Sierra Medical Clinic, located at 844 Old Tunnel Road, opened in December 2014 after the medical clinic outgrew its old Grass Valley location on Whispering Pines. The clinic measures 19,000 square feet and was built on a 5.3-acre plot of land.

Then nonprofit provides medical, dental and behavioral health care in Nevada, Sierra and Yuba counties. Its Grass Valley center added obstetrics and gynecology services in July and opened the Urgent Care service in August.

Doctors see 225 to 250 patients at the clinic and at its Urgent Care facility per day, said Planning and Development Director Cheryl Rubin.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, call 530-477-4236 or email tliu@theunion.com.

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