What’s that?: Readers are wondering what’s planned for a pad site in front of The Home Depot at the Galvez Shopping Center, north of Interstate 45, on the island. Earlier this year, this column buzzed a medical facility/clinic was planned for the site. Since then, more details have surfaced.
The University of Texas Medical Branch confirmed it’s planning a 7,500-square-foot pediatric clinic and urgent care facility at the site, 6416 Broadway. Island Pediatric West and Urgent Care will include 12 patient rooms — 11 exam rooms and one treatment room — and will offer pediatric primary care during the day and urgent care after hours.
The Galvez Shopping Center clinic will replace the medical branch’s Island Pediatrics West at 2027 61st St. Physicians and employees at the 61st Street clinic will move to the Galvez Shopping Center facility to support day and night operations. The clinic’s opening is tentatively scheduled for spring next year.
Branching out: Meanwhile, the medical branch is aiming for a spring 2016 opening of the first phase of its 30,000-square-foot West Island Clinic behind grocery store Randalls off Central City Boulevard. The second phase will include an additional 60,000 square feet.
Initial plans call for the first phase to have 50 patient rooms. Services in the first phase will include dermatology, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, basic lab and radiology, including bone density, ultrasound, mammography and basic diagnostics. The first phase also will include an after-hours adult urgent care.
Information about services that would be available in the second phase was not immediately available.
A year ago, the medical branch announced the large investment behind Randalls was made possible by its biggest benefactor — The Sealy & Smith Foundation, which acquired an 11-acre site on Central City Boulevard off 61st street to develop the satellite clinic.
Crunch time: Demolition crews have made quick work of the Bank of America motorbank facility at 2250 Church St. in the island’s downtown. For those needing a Buzz refresher, the building has been mostly reduced to rubble to make way for a fenced-in playing field for Trinity Episcopal School, which operates at 720 23rd St.
The Moody Foundation earlier this year approved a grant to buy the property and pay for related improvements to make the playing field a reality. That acquisition and subsequent development will increase the size of the private Trinity Episcopal campus by a fourth, officials said. The property is a half-block bordering the school to the north and will extend the campus to Church Street.
Bank of America closed its motorbank, along with another downtown center at 2200 Market St., in January, consolidating island operations at 6109 Central City Blvd.
The hole story: Astute readers have seen and heard activity at the former Sam’s Club building, 9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City.
“We came home the other night, and men were out front measuring, and then yesterday, they cut a big hole in the back of the building, and there was lots of hammering,” a reader emailed last week.
Neither Texas City officials nor those with Farmer’s Copper were immediately available for comment. But last year, principals of Four Winds Investments Inc., which counts Farmer’s Copper among subsidiaries, had an earnest money contract on the Sam’s Club shell. At the time, principals said they were conducting due diligence and determining the feasibility of converting the 136,000-square-foot retail building, which Sam’s departed last year, into a facility that could handle metal fabrication. Stay tuned.
Coming Thursday: A big development gets underway on Pelican Island, and a Texas City ice house will soon make it official. Read about that and more in Thursday’s Biz Buzz.