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Parsons clinic turning into Plaza W

Currently hidden behind tarp, the downtown building that housed Parsons Clinic for years is undergoing a major makeover.

Currently hidden behind tarp, the downtown building that housed Parsons Clinic for years is undergoing a major makeover.

“The whole inside has been completely gutted,” said Jason Welikoklad, whose company JDub Holdings Inc. owns the 4822 Ross St. building.

The work has included removing the dozens of rooms that were used by the doctors who worked at Parsons Clinic prior to its closure in June 2012.

“It’s completely wide open now.”

The interior of the three-storey, 31,000-square-foot building is being upgraded with the installation of a new elevator and other features, like tiled bathrooms. And the exterior is also being transformed.

“Right now it’s hoarded in because we’re increasing all of the glass size,” said Welikoklad, pointing out that the building’s previous use as a medical clinic precluded windows on its lower level.

That’s about to change.

“We’ll have full-height glass on the main level,” said Welikoklad, adding that the facade will also boast stone accents.

“We’re trying to make it a real first-class building.”

Slated to be called Plaza W, the building should be well-suited for professional tenants, like lawyers and accountants, said Welikoklad. There might also be retail uses on the ground floor, he added.

Welikoklad expects the inside space to be ready for tenant improvements by April or May. Exterior work should wrap up soon after.

Built in 1977, the building was visited by many city residents as patients of Parsons Clinic. That clinic dated back to 1944, and approximately 17 doctors still practised there when it closed. Many moved to other clinics, while others retired.

The leasing agent for Plaza W is Re/Max Real Estate Central Alberta.

hrichards@bprda.wpengine.com

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