By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
PITTSBURG, Kan. —
A $5.2 million expansion by a local medical provider is expected to add at least 29 new jobs and services for which patients currently travel to Galena and Joplin, Mo.
At the recommendation of the Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Pittsburg City Commission Tuesday night approved a $550,000 loan to Pinamonti Physical Therapy, P.A., in exchange for the creation of the new jobs.
Owner Brian Pinamonti said the jobs will be medical, human resources and business-based and will pay an average annual wage of at least $30,000.
He sought the city’s assistance on a 29,000-square-foot expansion for which he and his wife, Gina Pinamonti, had secured the remainder in credit, cash and land. Of the city’s portion, $200,000 will be forgivable as long as the jobs are created in the next five years, and $350,000 will be repaid by the Pinamontis at zero interest on a 20-year note.
For each employee he hires beyond the 29 the loan requires, the city will forgive an additional $7,000, as long as the additional jobs pay an average annual wage of $40,000.
The expansion, to be built on to the existing Pinamonti Physical Therapy business on South Rouse across from Via Christi Hospital, will include a state-of-the-art wellness center for Pittsburg.
Pinamonti said his patients must travel to Galena and Joplin for specific services he can’t provide at his current site, such as aquatics therapy following total knee or hip replacements or torn ACLs.
The new wellness center will be comprised of an aquatics therapy pool, massage therapy suites, indoor walking track, fitness rooms, a pediatric treatment room, full-service locker rooms and fitness equipment and software that allows for customized design and tracking of workouts for individuals or corporations.
Pinamonti said he expects to break ground this summer and have the center completed in 12 to 14 months.