Staff photo/Hayley Day
                                Life Care was a live-in facility, with 24-hour nursing, which closed last November.

Staff photo/Hayley Day Life Care was a live-in facility, with 24-hour nursing, which closed last November.

Potential buyers look at two, empty Spring Street buildings

Two well-known properties, which are for sale on Spring Street in Friday Harbor, could be sold together.

The roughly two-and-a-half acres that housed the Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands is for sale, and so is the approximate acre of land, next door, which occupied the former Inter Island Medical Center.

Windermere’s Bill Giesy, who is handling the sales of both properties, said interested buyers have looked at them together.

“In some ways, it would be ideal,” said Giesy about selling both properties to one buyer.

Life Care was a live-in facility, with 24-hour nursing, which closed last November. The Inter Island Medical Center was a local medical facility that operated before San Juan Island’s hospital opened in 2012.

The medical center’s property is zoned for commercial use and Giesy said a proposal to change Life Care’s land to commercial has been submitted.

The Life Care property is priced at $2,665,000, consists of four buildings and has been on the market for about a month and a half. The medical center’s property is listed for $1,090,000, includes one building and has been for sale since January of 2013.

Life Care’s property is privately owned, but the medical center’s land is public property because it belongs to San Juan County Public Hospital District 1.

Pam Hutchins, the superintendent of that taxing district, said it costs the district roughly $33,000 a year to maintain the property. This includes paying for landscaping and ensuring that the sprinkler system is operational.

The district must meet state regulations to sell the property, said Hutchins. The state requires that three appraisals on the property be completed within a year of the sale date, but the most recent ones have expired. The property must be sold at 90 percent of the average of those appraisals.

At the Jan. 24 hospital district meeting, commissioners decided not to request additional appraisals until a firm offer was made, as to avoid having them expire again.

Hutchins said that the board had previously discussed using the proceeds from the sale of the medical center property to pay down the bond on the San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services building. The hospital district oversees EMS operations.

Monica Harrington, a hospital district board member who resigned on Jan. 25, has said the EMS budget is in disarray due to previous financial mismanagement, while EMS Chief Jerry Martin assures it is sustainable.

 

Staff photo/Hayley Day
                                The Inter Island Medical Center was a local medical facility that operated before San Juan Island’s hospital opened in 2012.

Staff photo/Hayley Day The Inter Island Medical Center was a local medical facility that operated before San Juan Island’s hospital opened in 2012.