Some life left

The W.W. Kemmerer Jr. Community Health Center and Walter & Helen Hall Environmental Health Center have been unoccupied since the Galveston County Health District moved to the new mid-county annex in Texas City.


LA MARQUE — The future of the former Galveston County Health District offices and clinics on Oak Street is not as bleak as was thought a few weeks ago. City Manager Carol Buttler said she’s set to meet with county officials about finding some use for the buildings left vacant when the health district moved to its new complex in Texas City last year.

“We are hoping to create a partnership with the county, (governmental consultant) The Goodman Corp., Gulf Coast Center and city of La Marque,” Buttler said. “Everyone is preparing presentations for their respective governing bodies.”

She said there’s been some interest in the buildings because of their location but “nothing formal or final.”

“Over the past couple of months, we have held discussion meetings and site visits to determine the feasibility for space use and potential grants to fund programs and/or buildings improvements,” Buttler said.

Last month, County Commissioner Stephen Holmes said the county and La Marque officials considered transferring the buildings to the city at one time, but no plan was ever set in motion. Last May, county commissioners met to discuss donating the buildings to the city, but no formal action has been taken.

County architect Dudley Anderson said the two buildings total 28,300 square feet.

The facilities once housed the administration and public health offices for the health district. The dental offices for the health district were also at the complex.

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