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Medical center planned next to highway, Madison

The facility would include underground parking.

Pending approval of a proposed clinic, the island’s medical landscape could be getting a shot in the arm.

Owners of property between State Route 305 and Madison Avenue, just south of First Baptist Church and the fire station, have submitted three separate permit applications for a facility dubbed Island Medical Center.

Applications were filed with the city Department of Planning and Community Development on Monday.

The project would “protect and promote the special character of the island” and provide a “state of the art medical facility,” according to the project’s conditional use permit application.

Documents filed with the city show the landowners as Virginia Webster, and Jay and Janet Webster, all of Bainbridge Island.

Tuesday, Jay Webster referred calls for comment to Rolf Hogger of MRJ Constructors of Bainbridge Island.

Hogger could not be reached for comment.

The two-story facility would be built in phases on three separate but adjacent lots on the east side of Madison.

It would require reconfiguring the lots into two parcels totaling 5.4 acres and widening and extending Northeast Casey Street, at the north end of the property.

Parking would include an underground garage and 128 stalls, which is 18 more than the number required for the project by the city.

Because the site includes a wetland and wetland buffer at its southwest corner, the applicants were required to submit a wetland report with their application.

The application says Island Medical Center would be set back from the wetlands

“to protect it and pose no grave danger to the streets or adjacent property.”

The site plan for the project includes rain gardens and green roofs.

The application doesn’t specify what kind of health care would be available at the facility, other than calling it a “medical facility” and “doctor’s office.”

The island’s largest medical provider currently is the Virginia Mason Winslow Clinic.

Owners of that clinic property have repeatedly stressed the need for more parking there, and islanders now often must travel off-island for emergency medical services.

Construction on the first phase of Island Medical Center is scheduled to begin shortly after its approval, according to the applications.

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