Professional Plaza Breaks Ground


Developers Jeff Eells and Kevin Heinonen thought that Payson needed high quality professional medical office space.

Scott Flake, director of the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation, directed them to the parcel of land at 117 E. Main St., the main entrance road to Payson Regional Medical Center.


Developers Jeff Eells and Kevin Heinonen, with District 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin, Payson's mayor Barbara Brewer and Scott Flake, director of Regional Economic Development Corporation Payson, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the medical professional plaza to be built at 117 E. Main Street.

Eells and Heinonen thought the property had potential, but were not thrilled that it would need to be rezoned.

"Scott's group encouraged us to move forward and Tom Waddington, the broker for the sellers, got us over our fears of rezoning," said Heinonen.

"Then the town did exactly what they said they would (as far as rezoning). It was a great process."

The groundbreaking ceremony for the 31,000 square foot office complex was Thursday.

A total of eight freestanding, condominium office buildings were designed to reflect the Rim Country's rugged outdoor appearance, with masonry construction and metal roofs.

They will be built to allow the sale or lease of offices starting at 1,680 square feet -- "The perfect size for one to two man professional offices," Heinonen said.

"We have worked to make leasing dollars comparable to purchasing dollars," said Eells.

Eells, who is the general contractor for the project, said he worked hard and was able to hire a majority of local subcontractors for the construction. However he had to look outside the Rim Country for framers because most were busy building homes.

Focused Imaging of Arizona, a company offering the latest imaging technology -- MRIs, CT scans and digital X-rays -- will have 7,000 square feet in the front building of the complex.

"I am hoping that medical and related businesses will have options on East Main so that West Main can grow to be more commercial and less medical," Flake said.

Work will begin on the Payson Professional Plaza in the next couple of weeks. Developers will open the complex in the first quarter of 2006, provided the winter weather cooperates.

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