The Country Doctor Community Clinic’s plan will create a new four-story building on the site of its 19th Ave E offices:
The new facility will provide medical services including a new dental clinic, and expanded services for WIC (Women, Infants and Children), Maternity, HIV and Chronic Pain. The project will also provide expanded administrative office and meeting space for the entire Country Doctor Community Health Centers network. The current 2,350 square feet of medical services and administrative offices provided on-site will be expanded to 9,000 square feet on the 1st and 2nd floors.
Meanwhile, the project’s top two floors will house eight workforce apartments in a mix of studio and one-bedroom units. Country Doctor had hoped to to develop the housing as affordable apartments but that the project was too small to attract a development partner.
The new $6.5 million facility is being funded by a capital campaign, $1 million in federal grants, and a $1.2 million grant from the city to support the clinic’s new dental services.
Executive director Linda McVeigh told CHS last fall the construction will also add more private rooms, sorely lacking in the current space. “A lot of services we provide are best provided in a one on one environment,” she said.
Designed by 15th Ave E’s Environmental Works, the final proposal for the project includes a plan for materials including “architectural face brick running board” and “anodized aluminum sheet metal” as well as red “painted fiber cement lap siding” on the project’s backside to help the transition to the residential alley, an adjacent medical office, and single family homes.
McVeigh said last fall that construction was hoped to begin by summer 2017 and the target completion date is July 2018.
Sabey, the developer working with Swedish Cherry Hill on its expansion plans, is developing a 16th Ave project that will replace a medical office building and a 1930-built single family-style home with a new development featuring a 47-unit apartment building and a second structure home to three townhouses. Underground parking for 41 vehicles is planned. The architects at Meng Strazzara are responsible for the design.
Neighbors, inspired by the Cherry Hill Community Council, have already put on a clinic, of sorts, for the right way to respond to new housing being developed in your neighborhood. The city has received a batch of letters from neighbors, each thanking officials for the opportunity to comment, each welcoming new housing, and each laying out a few issues and requests including concerns about how the design impacts an already busy alley and worries about how the developers are calculating the project’s height given the grade of Cherry Hill. There’s a smatter of “needs more parking,” to be sure. But even the few bits of editorializing are, well, fair:
If what Sabey wants to do is develop luxury apartments simply to wring maximum profit from that development, then I feel that I must speak against the development. Sabey has already made, and continues to make substantial profits for itself and its investors in our neighborhood. It is time for Sabey to give back to the community, and the city must take the responsibility of working for working class citizens and their neighborhoods seriously.
The developer meanwhile, says Option 3 is the one, as it provides:
• Prominent courtyard entry on 16th Ave. • Parking and back of house service off the alley, away from E Cherry St. and 16th Ave. • Careful orientation of the required lowrise zone setbacks create ample landscaping opportunities along the sidewalk and minimize shading on adjacent sites. • Breaking the building mass to apartments and townhomes reduces the bulky massing of the building and provides sensitive transition to lower density zone. • No blank walls.
Given the proposal and the community response to date, it seems likely to be an equally reasonable session Wednesday night.