Bethel Professional Building on tap for November debut

Dr. Willard Earl Buchanan has been waiting a long time to begin preparation for a move into a new office.

“I should be moving in the middle of November,” Buchanan said. “I’m planning on moving the weekend of the 19th.”

Buchanan, an optometrist and owner of Eyedesigns, located in South Kitsap Mall, purchased the Bethel Professional Building property several years ago in a 50-50 partnership with Dr. Paul Lingenbrink, a Port Orchard orthodontist.

According to Buchanan, their accountants brought them together.

Buchanan had several reasons to invest in the Bethel property.

“I wanted to stay in (Port Orchard),” Buchanan said. “(And) I wanted to be close to my current location.”

Buchanan, who has practiced in Port Orchard since 1985, said he sees the new building as “a tremendous improvement over what was there before.”

Originally estimated to cost $1.5 million, Buchanan said he expects the cost to be less. Construction on the property began a little over two years ago, done by Tim Ryan construction out of Poulsbo.

Currently the center section has not been leased and half-owner Lingenbrink will not occupy the building.

“He purchased another building over on Pottery (Avenue),” Buchanan said.

Buchanan will share his building with law firm of Henderson, Jones & Short.

He said he is excited for the increase in office space, noting that there will be more of an area for patients as well as an expanded optical area.

Buchanan said he will more than likely deed a part of the frontage of the property to the city for the Bethel Road widening.

“I like to see progress when it looks good, when it fits,” Buchanan said. “I hate to see the little guys get squeezed out.”

Buchanan waits with anticipation.

“It’s really an exciting thing to be able to be building a new building,” Buchanan said. “I like it because it’s such a nice improvement to the area.”

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