The county Planning Commission has approved plans for a $7.5 million medical clinic in Nipomo.
The proposal by the Community Health Centers of the Central Coast includes a 28,000-square-foot medical clinic, to be located on the 4.5-acre lot at 150 N. Tejas Place where an existing clinic sits.
The existing building will be converted to administrative offices, should the proposal move forward.
Money for the project comes from a federal grant under President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus program, known as the Affordable Care Act.
Planning commissioners made only minor changes to the proposal during their meeting Thursday, including the requirement that the clinic provide for a bus stop should one be required eventually.
The San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority has said it does not intend to provide service to the clinic. But commissioners said they feel the need will eventually be there.
The clinic would serve clients from Arroyo Grande to Santa Maria. CHC has 25 clinics in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
Clinic directors hope the facility will open in early 2013.
Executive Director Ron Castle said the clinic project would provide 100 construction jobs for a year as it is built, and later will allow CHC to expand pediatric, dental, obstetrics, gynecological and other services. It will be open six days a week.
“Everyone in the county will benefit,” said Bob Lotwala, chief financial officer.