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County Purchases Former San Jose Medical Center

Close of Escrow brings Downtown Clinic a Step Closer

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Today, the County of Santa Clara is a step closer to its goal of creating a downtown clinic in San Jose. In December, the Board authorized staff to offer $24.6 million for the purchase of the real property formerly known as the San Jose Medical Center from San Jose Medical, L.P. for the County’s Downtown San Jose Clinic and set aside funds for cleanup of the site.

“This is a great day for the residents of the downtown area. Soon they will be able to receive quality health care in their neighborhood,” said Supervisor Ken Yeager, President of the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors.

The former San Jose Medical Center site is located at 725 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose and includes 13.39 acres bounded by East Santa Clara Street, North 14th Street, east Saint John Street, and North 17th Street. Five parking lots are adjacent to or near the campus. The site has an existing 37,000 square foot medical office building which will be remodeled to serve as a clinic.

Supervisor George Shirakawa, representative of District 2 where the property is located, also expressed elation that the purchase is now complete. “The residents have been without convenient access to medical services since San Jose Medical Center closed in 2004. We vowed to address their need and we are well on our way.”

The site won out over 29 other possibilities because of its central location, access to public transportation, adequate supply of parking, and there is an existing medical office building on the site that could be remodeled more cost-effectively than others buildings that were evaluated.

The Board will consider recommendations to award a contract for the demolition of the building and site cleanup during the month of February.

“We’re on course,” said County Executive Jeff Smith. “The final purchase price was $24 million, which means we’re within budget. The next step will be to complete the demolition and cleanup so we can begin construction.”

Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Jeffrey Draper, Office Facilities and Fleet, (408) 993-4812
Posted: January 27, 2010