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Fairview Clinic will expand

Rosemount's Fairview Clinic is making plans for an expansion this year and leaving the door open for more growth somewhere down the line.

The clinic got approval from the Rosemount City Council this week for an amendment to its planned unit development. The approval clears the way for construction of a 4,500-square-foot addition to the 10,000-square-foot clinic.

The addition will include one new hallway for a service provider --EMDASH-- a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant --EMDASH-- as well as a pharmacy with a drive-through.

The clinic is in the process of recruiting its new provider, and overall the expansion will create nine or 10 new jobs, with support staff for the provider and employees in the pharmacy.

Clinic manager Katie Holley said business has been good at the five-year-old clinic.

"We have exceeded all of the volume expectations," she said. "We've got a good number of patients who are here."

Preliminary construction work is scheduled to get under way next week and work should be done early next year. Construction is expected to take about 20 weeks.

"I, of course, am hoping mid-January sometime," Holley said. "The people that are more conservative are thinking mid-March.... You never know what the weather is going to do."

The current project might not be the end of growth on the site. In its presentations to the city regarding the expansion Fairview has shown drawings that include a second, 5,000-square-foot expansion that could come sometime farther in the future.

To make that growth easier when it comes Fairview sought permission to use Exterior Insulation Finishing System --EMDASH-- essentially a stucco-covered foam insulation --EMDASH-- in place of brick on the expansion's west side. The north and south walls of the addition would be brick, but using the EIFS would reduce costs when the clinic expands again.

The EIFS wall would be the same color as the rest of the building.

"It's an accepted building material," city planner Eric Zweber said. "It's basically a rigid foam insulation and then they put stucco over it. We don't encourage its use except in conditions like this."

Neither the planned addition nor the proposed use of EIFS raised any concerns when the proposal came before the Rosemount Planning Commission July 23, and the city council voted unanimously in favor of the change.

Holley said growth in business at the clinic will determine when that future expansion takes place.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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