For the second time in about three months, an offer to purchase the publicly owned Inter Island Medical Center has been rescinded.
An offer was made on the roughly 1 acre of land on Spring Street in July but was withdrawn on Aug. 29, before the sale was finalized. An offer was also made last June but was withdrawn about four days later.
The property is public because it belongs to the San Juan County Public Hospital District 1 as it previously housed a local medical facility that operated before San Juan Island’s hospital opened in 2012.
The property includes one building, has been for sale since January of 2013 and was zoned commercial after the facility’s closure.
In roughly five years on the market, the property has had about five offers, but no final sales.
Pam Hutchins, the superintendent of the hospital 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 property is next door to the former Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands, which has been empty since last January.