Friday, August 27, 2010
With the last remnants of the old building in a final pile of debris to be hauled away, work on the new facility will begin soon.
The topsoil has been flattened and the backwall has been painted. Today, crews worked on building a gutter system on the back wall of the shops on Westheimer.
Also, a barrier was placed around the largest oak tree and the soil inside was topped with dirt. The water drainage system installed in the new facility will collect rainwater to feed the surrounding landscape.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
The building is gone but the Legacy of care will continue.
Today, workers started work on the back wall of the buildings on Westheimer.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Cleanup continued fast today thanks to the help of a second excavator.
Under the rubble of the old building, Legacy Community Health Services will build a bigger, state of the art facility with the parking to accommodate it.
Some things to anticipate in the new facility:
- 40,000 square feet of usable space, almost doubling the currently used space at 3 different locations
- Housing 8 specialty clinics, 10 social service programs, 4 health education programs and more
- Dental clinic with 4 chairs
- Eye clinic with 4 exam rooms
- Pharmacy located on ground level
- Over 130 parking spaces
- Over 25 exam rooms
- Courtyard with seating
- Saved 3 large oak trees, each of them nearly 100 years old
- LEED approved green building
Monday, August 9, 2010
The building was originally built in 1947 as a school for children with cerebral palsy and eventually became United Cerebral Palsy serving children and adults with all disabilities. The building had classrooms and therapy rooms, some decorated with popular children’s animated characters like Pluto, a cafeteria and even a swimming pool.
After the school closed in 1998, the building sat abandoned for a few years. In 2000, Theatre New West under the direction of Joe Watts, began staging productions of mostly gay-themed plays, including their most successful production – "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told." In the early 2000s, the upstairs auditorium became Sonoma Restaurant and later 1415 Bar and Grill. After the restaurant closed, the upstairs auditorium and large deck became Club 1415, a Montrose dance club.
The downstairs classrooms and therapy rooms were all repurposed. Your Body Center, a yoga studio, took advantage of several large classrooms and nonprofit organizations, including PRIDE Houston, used former classrooms and offices as their home base. The area that was once an indoor swimming pool was filled in and became a video rental store specializing in gay and lesbian themed movies. Prior to purchasing the property in 2007, Legacy Community Health Services hosted their annual Miss Mint Julep fundraiser at Club 1415 for two years in a row. In fact, Legacy’s Executive Director Katy Caldwell got the idea for purchasing the property and converting into a new clinic at the annual drag show fundraiser.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
The elevator to nowhere!
A Graffiti artist had U2 stuck in his head. But don't worry, the new building will have graffiti-resistant paint!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
A little interesting piece of art from the old building, Disney's Pluto the Dog!
What will be part of the many parking spaces that will be available across California Street at the new facility...
Keep checking for this blog for more updates on the demolition!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
There was one of the demolition crew that was spraying around the excavator's scoop at all times. This process keeps dust to a minimum, fortunately.
This picture shows a view east, parallel to California Street (taken under the shade of one of three magnificient oaks that will remain untouched during the building process.) Here, several downtown buildings are visible in the distance...
...Here, the red brick building at the bottom of the picture is the Slick Willies on Westheimer.
...But for a bird's eye view, the site located at the little "A" on this map.
Monday, August 2, 2010
What you see here is the new site for Legacy Commmunity Health Services!
The new facility was made possible through the generous support of so many in our community. Legacy's history is rich, and its mission is noble.
In 1978 the Montrose Clinic was founded primarily for screening, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases primarily for gay men. In 1982, The Montrose Clinic initiated PACE (Program for AIDS Counseling and Evaluation), marking the first effort of this kind in Houston. In 1994 the Montrose Clinic consolidated its programs into one facility at 215 Westheimer and just two years later began the operation of women's health services. In the decade after The Montrose Clinic and the Assistance Fund merged to become Legacy Community Health Services and opened several satellite locations. By 2007 Legacy Community Health Services was granted full status as a Federally Qualified Health Center offering primary care services to Houston's uninsured and underinsured. Today, with the support of the community, the generosity of our donors, and the dedication of all those who work with us and for us, we start again to Build on Our Legacy.
Approximately a year from now, on this site, your support, your enthusiasm and your commitment to what Legacy has provided to the community in the past, what it has grown to become, and what it will evolve into, will be realized in a facility that the entire community can be proud of.
Our work continues, as we serve as a healthcare home by building a network of community clinics where people will feel welcomed and respected while receiving the highest quality healthcare services, regardless of their ability to pay. We believe that quality comprehensive healthcare is a fundamental human right that grounds an individual physically, emotionally and spiritually. This right promotes balance and stability for our patients, which results in a healthier and more productive community. We value our diverse communities. We engage and respect everyone.
Today, demolition crews continued to carefully take down walls of the old building...