June 7th, 2017
Construction on an expansion of the Sanford clinic here at 13th Avenue and Sheyenne Street will begin in a couple weeks after officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the remodel on Tuesday, June 6.
The $3.75 million, two-phase project to expand to more than 20,000 square feet, with more patient services and physicians will begin with a 10,840-square-foot expansion west of the existing clinic.
Once the first phase of construction is finished in April or May 2018, phase two would include another 10,000-square-foot addition and removal of the original building and turning that area into new parking.
Paul Richard, executive vice president, Sanford Fargo said the expansion will allow the clinic to offer more services but still remain a "neighborhood clinic," one that is close the residents it serves.
There are plans to offer space for patient community education, and Sanford will continue to provide laboratory, X-ray and mammography services.
Dr. Jon Dangerfield, who has worked at the site for more than 20 years said Tuesday he is excited for the new facility to take shape.
The original building was built in 1967 and is 16,466 square feet; Sanford purchased the building in 1995.
"This building has been a landmark for many, many years," West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern said at the ceremony. "Sometimes buildings just get old and need to be replaced."
The city of West Fargo is planning a reconstruction of Sheyenne Street, one of its major arterial roads starting next year. Mattern said Tuesday the most well known West Fargo street will soon look very different.
When complete, the expanded clinic will be home to 18 doctors and about 40 staff.
The current pharmacy will remain open on site.