A 12,000-square-foot office building under construction near Columbia Center is the future home of a chiropractic office and suites for small businesses.
Blue Cougar Properties broke ground on the $2.5 million project at West Grandridge Boulevard and West Quinault Avenue in Kennewick in June. It should be completed by December.
Blue Cougar Properties is a four-member development partnership formed in 2015. The building will be leased to businesses owned by the members.
Advanced Family Chiropractic will lease the first floor. Connect Workplace, which provides executive suites and virtual office services to small business, will lease the second and third floors.
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Scott Gearheart, president of Connect Workplace and a Blue Cougar member, said his business lets small businesses lease office space and share administrative support, conference rooms, a kitchen and a lounge.
“There is a huge trend in small office, co-working and virtual offices,” he said.
Gearheart said several Blue Cougar members launched businesses in shared office space and admired the business model enough to start their own.
“There was a great lot available that we could build to suit our needs,” he said.
Gearheart co-owns Connect Workplace with fellow Blue Cougar partners Mike Stoker and Ron Carlson.
Advanced Family Chiropractic owner Milo Thurber is Blue Cougar’s fourth member. Thurber said his growing practice began running out of space at its current location about two years ago.
“We felt this was a good time for us to expand our office footprint, and the location of this building is close to our current office,” Thurber said.
The building is being developed adjacent Great Harvest Bread Co., which is owned and operated by Blue Cougar president Mike Stoker.
Devin Geisler of DKEI Professional Services is the project architect. Pratt Construction is the general contractor. Community First Bank financed the construction.