Chinatown Portland: Old Town Chinatown Community Association to get peek at new Health Department Headquarters plans
If you missed the opportunity to check out plans for Multnomah County’s new Health Department building last month, now’s your chance to catch up.
The architects in charge of designing the $46 million headquarters will present their plans to the public a second time Wednesday morning, during a meeting of the Old Town Chinatown Community Association.
The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. at Central City Concern, 232 N.W. 6th Ave.
Project leaders have been making the rounds to stakeholder groups in anticipation of an April 2015 groundbreaking. They showed off detailed sketches of its layout during a public open house last month.
The boxy, bright structure will occupy a half-block of land between Bud Clark Commons and Union Station in Old Town/Chinatown. It will include 96,000 square feet of space for offices, clinics and a pharmacy. The 350 employees working there are expected to serve about 150 clients each day.
The new headquarters will replace the Health Department’s current space in the Gladys McCoy Building just a few blocks away in Downtown Portland. Engineers estimate the 91-year-old McCoy Building, which originally housed a department store, needs $28 million in upgrades.
If all goes according to plan, the new headquarters could open in the fall of 2016.
County officials have yet to announce what will happen to the McCoy Building once the Health Department moves out.
What would you like to see in the new headquarters? Have you been inside the McCoy Building? Do you think it’s worth saving?