Planned health clinic excites South Dallas neighborhood

A new South Dallas clinic is being built for Parkland Memorial Hospital. The 7-acre site at Scyene Road and Hatcher Street was once the location of a “hot-sheet” motel, illegal nightclub and other illicit activities that plagued the community for decades. The surrounding Bertrand Neighborhood Association and others fought to get the businesses closed and finally torn down in 2009.

Development of the $19.8 million clinic is a public-private partnership with the City of Dallas. Frazier Revitalization assembled the land and a list of local philanthropic organizations, including the South Dallas/Fair Park Trust Fund, provided financial support.

Frazier is planning to develop a second phase of the project, called Hatcher Station Village. This phase would include neighborhood amenities such as legal services office, pharmacy, dental clinic or workforce training site.

The 44,000-square-foot clinic should be complete in early 2015. Parkland will lease the building, which will replace the Community Oriented Primary Care facility at 3320 Live Oak St. The current East Dallas location serves about 15,000 patients, many of whom live closer to the new South Dallas location. The new full-service Parkland hospital will open in 2015 near a DART rail Green Line station. Patients may benefit from the new South Dallas community center’s location adjacent to a station on the same rail line.

Approval from the Dallas City Council will finalize its involvement, and approval of a lease agreement with Parkland’s board of managers will secure the project.

 

Source: Dallas Morning News, May 1, 2014.
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