Stanislaus County looking to sell former clinic building in downtown Modesto

kcarlson@modbee.comMay 5, 2014 

  • BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WATCH

    The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. today in the basement chamber of Tenth Street Place, at 1010 10th St., Modesto. Other items on the agenda include considering:

    • Approval of the third-quarter financial report for the 2013-14 fiscal year

    • Acceptance of a $40 million state grant for building transitional jail housing, with 288 beds and facilities for inmate rehabilitation programs

    • Approval to hold the annual fireworks celebration July 4at Woodward Reservoir regional park

Stanislaus County leaders are planning to seek a buyer for a long-vacant former health clinic in downtown Modesto.

The Board of Supervisors could approve a consent item this morning to put the two-story Medical Arts Building on the market. The building, at 17th and G streets, was a pediatrics and women’s health center but was closed in 2006 during a restructuring of the county health clinics.

Last year, the county scrapped a proposal to remodel the structure for a new coroner’s facility after construction bids far exceeded the budget. A staff report recommends listing the property at a minimum sale price of $1.36 million, about $430,000 less than what the county paid for the property in 1992.

The potential commercial building includes 37,463 square feet, as well as 71 county-owned parking spaces across the street that are part of the package. A basement storage area and some additional parking spaces are underneath the structure.

Central Valley Specialty Hospital has been using the county parking spaces for no charge and may continue to do so until the property changes hands, a county official said.

Late last year, a comprehensive appraisal estimated the county property was worth $1.5 million to $1.6 million, less than the $1.79 million the county paid 22 years ago. More recently, the county’s appraiser suggested the maximum value was $1.4 million, based on current market conditions, a staff report says. The county’s real estate broker suggested setting the minimum sale price at $1,363,603.

Patty Hill Thomas, assistant executive officer for the county, said the appraisals take into consideration the condition of the vacant building and current market values. She said the county has received some interest in the property from the private sector. Proceeds from the sale could be used to provide a center for veterans.

If supervisors give approval, the county plans to receive sealed purchase offers at 10 a.m. June 11 at Tenth Street Place. After the sealed bids are opened, county officials can call for oral bids from the participants and the property can be sold to the highest bidder, if the proposal is at least 5 percent higher than the top written offer.

Bee staff writer Ken Carlson can be reached at kcarlson@modbee.com or (209) 578-2321.

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