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West Valley medical group breaks ground on flagship building (+photos)

WEST VALLEY CITY — When it came time to find a spot for its flagship building, one of the Salt Lake Valley's largest independent health care groups returned to its roots.

West Valley-based Granger Medical Clinic announced plans Wednesday to build a $25 million, four-story medical complex at 3500 S. Holmburg Street — steps away from where its first clinic once stood.

In doing so, it will become the newest anchor at Fairbourne Station, the 40-acre redevelopment project meant to revitalize the area around City Hall.

"This is exactly the kind of professional component we're seeking to bring to the Fairbourne development," said West Valley City Manager Wayne Pyle.

Work on Fairbourne Station began in 2011. Since then, the 40-acre development has seen the construction of a park, hotel, apartment complex and the Utah Transit Authority's West Valley Central Station.

The project could eventually add 200,000 square feet of commercial space and 1,000 apartments.

Construction on the 90,000-square-foot Granger medical complex will begin in the spring of 2017 with a projected completion date of late 2018. When finished, the facility will house about 80 health care providers.

"This is our flagship building," said Granger CEO David Tanner.

Tanner said the medical clinic group has doubled in size in the past two years. At the groundbreaking ceremony, he announced the clinic will merge with two medical practices, Middleton Urological Associates and Western Urological Clinic, which brings the clinic to 14 locations across the Salt Lake Valley.

Pyle said he was happy the growing company chose to stay in West Valley City.

"We knew early on they were starting to feel the pressure (for space)," said Pyle. "We showed them a lot of sites trying to keep them in the city."

Tanner said the clinic had considered locations in West Jordan, South Jordan and Taylorsville but chose Fairbourne Station for its flagship building largely because of its affordability and proximity to the TRAX station.

"But when it comes down to it," Tanner said, "we started here."

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