Spokane Journal of Business

Dr. C Family Dentistry owner to build Airway Heights retail center

Building will have space for five additional tenants

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Dr. Josh Cochran, who owns Dr. C Family Dentistry, plans to develop this 16,000-square-foot retail building along Sunset Highway, in Airway Heights.

Spokane Valley-based Dr. C Family Dentistry owner Dr. Josh Cochran is stepping into the development world with a planned new 16,000-square-foot dental and retail structure in Airway Heights.

Cochran, who founded Dr. C Family Dentistry six years ago, says, “We’re part of the whole medical office to medical retail shift. … The world is shifting to convenience. If you’re a dentist, and you’re on the corner, and everybody sees you, and you have a nice-looking building, chances are they’re going to set up an appointment.”

The project will be located at 11919 W. Sunset Highway, just north of Zak Designs Inc. and south of Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Spokane Airport Airway Heights.

Airway Heights has a shortage of medical offerings, despite being one of the fastest growing areas for both residential and commercial industries, Cochran contends.

The planned facility will house a new dental office, tentatively named Dr. C Dental-Airway Heights, as well as space for five additional tenants, which Cochran says ideally would be other medical services, although that isn’t a requirement to lease the facility.

Ideally, Cochran says he would like the facility to be a “one-stop shop” of sorts to provide pediatric, physical therapy, or even chiropractic services at the complex.

“I just haven’t found medical partners,” he says. “I don’t have my counterpart in the medical world.”

The project is estimated to be valued between $4.3 million and $4.5 million, he says. McCloskey Construction Inc., of Spokane, is the general contractor on the project, which was designed by Mercier Architecture & Planning, of Spokane Valley. Whipple Consulting Engineers Inc., also of Spokane Valley, is providing civil engineering services.

Richard Fox and Colin Conway, both of Spokane-based commercial real estate brokerage Kiemle Hagood, are the leasing agents.

Franklin Park Optometry has signed an agreement to lease space in the structure, and the project will break ground once a third tenant has been secured, Cochran says. Once construction starts, the project should be completed within six months, he says.

Cochran says Dr. C Family Dentistry is growing rapidly—to 23 dental chairs from six—at its headquarters at 13514 E. 32nd, in Spokane Valley.

The practice is predicated on convenience and accessibility, he contends, with extended office hours, in-house financing, and addressing dental fear with sedation services. 

“People don’t break teeth between 8 and 4 Monday through Friday,” he says. “Only 35% of people go to the dentist regularly. What does that mean? That means dentistry has failed to remove fear and to create solutions and build value for patients.”

He adds that he recently purchased two existing practices on Spokane’s South Hill that will merge into a single clinic and is currently in the process of leasing another location at 3223 E. 57th. In total, he says, the plan is to have five clinics in the Spokane area.

The practice has 40 employees between its Valley and South Hill offices. The Airway Heights clinic will have 10 to 12 employees initially.

Natasha Nellis
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Reporter Natasha Nellis joined the Journal in May 2018 and covers real estate and construction. Natasha is an avid reader and loves taking photos, traveling, and learning new languages.

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