Strategic land purchases make way for smooth, new medical clinic

With out fanfare, the Osage Nation has purchased a big swath of land on Pawhuska’s Primary Avenue the place it intends to make a soaring new professional medical clinic to change unoccupied structures.

The Country now owns all of the south facet of Main from Lynn Avenue to Prudom, with the final piece of serious estate closing on Could 26, when it closed a deal to invest in the 1.75 acres in which the previous Safeway grocery sits for $262,500.

At 65,000 square toes, the new clinic will be much more than 5 moments the measurement of the current clinic that was developed in 1977 and has extended been overcrowded.

The clinic will span two town blocks currently occupied by the deteriorating Safeway and Moore’s Components stores each are slated for demolition. Secretary of Advancement Casey Johnson reported that he expects both of those web sites to be razed by Oct. 1.

The Nation started off amassing land on Most important by snapping up specific plenty in many approaches: Straight buys from persons, bidding at a foreclosures auction, swapping loads, and plucking others from probate gross sales. Those people lots not earmarked for the clinic are reserved for the visitor’s middle and, sooner or later, out of doors recreation. The Nation also has title to the former railroad proper of way, where by Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear experienced hoped to build a sports and wellbeing intricate that would mesh with the clinic, but the Osage Congress shot down all those options.

“If we get a new Congress and they are supportive, we can promptly pull it again collectively,” Standing Bear said. “We’re not heading to sit all-around and whine about it.”

At 2020 costs, the new clinic was expected to price tag $25 million – a selling price tag that is probable to increase. The funding will come from a minimal-curiosity personal loan from the U.S. Office of Agriculture that Overall health Authority Board Chair Cindra Shangreau mentioned will be compensated back as a result of 3rd-get together billing – clinic revenue.

In addition to becoming substantially larger sized, the new clinic will give much more products and services than the old clinic on the hill, incorporating bodily and occupational therapy to its listing of companies, together with audiology, pediatrics, podiatry and additional diagnostics this kind of as MRIs, in accordance to the architectural renderings and ideas by Erdman, a healthcare structure firm based mostly in Madison, Wisc.

The clinic is anticipated to expand thanks to the new facility and its expanded solutions.

On May perhaps 19, the Wellbeing Authority Board publicly satisfied with Indian Wellbeing Service officers to check out a joint enterprise whereby the tribe would spend for the development of the clinic and IHS would pay back for the staffing. Shangreau was disappointed that the IHS course of action was sluggish and cumbersome, not likely to operate out until eventually 2025 or 2027.

Clinic Supervisor Kirk Shaw said that not only was the wait too long, but the IHS substitute was extremely aggressive and there was no warranty that the Osage Country would be selected for these a joint undertaking.

The clinic task was a main intention of Dr. Ron Shaw, the former WZZHC chief government and main health care officer he died in advance of his dream could develop into a truth, but it will depart an indelible mark on Pawhuska’s downtown, changing deteriorating business structures with a modern, airy, sustainable making spanning the two blocks involving Prudom and Rogers.

When demolition for the clinic has not really started, the Nation has been tidying up the neighboring homes it owns. It not long ago demolished the former Smith house at the southwest corner of Principal and Rogers, property for which it paid out $192,500 in September 2021. Last year, it paid out $21,000 for the home designed by Charles C. Constantine – the 1920s’ proprietor of the theater that still bears his title – and demolished it. It also negotiated a swap for just one parcel its essential in the region that was owned by Dollhouse Road Brewing, which agreed to swap the parcel for the vacant website of the previous Hernandez cafe on Mathews, which is shut to the brewery.

For the clinic site, the Country paid to Terry and Beverly Moore $300,000 in March of 2021 for the previous Moore’s Hardware property that lies on just in excess of an acre of land, in accordance to Osage County land records.

The previous Safeway, which was a Homeland store in its most latest incarnation as a grocery retailer right before it turned a supper club then saloon, has taken 18 months to acquire, mostly since it was snarled in 3 distinctive estates in New York that experienced to go through probate, with all the attendant lawful trivialities that added up to quite a few delays.