A health center located in the heart of Richmond’s Iron Triangle is about to get a major, multimillion-dollar upgrade.
The LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center, operated by nonprofit health care provider LifeLong Medical Care, recently received the green light from the Richmond Planning Commission to move forward on a $23 million project aimed at upgrading its pediatric clinic located at 150 Harbour Way in Richmond.
Expected to break ground in late 2017, the project will include replacing 4,300 square feet of on-site portable buildings with a state-of-the-art 33,742 square foot three-story facility that features an upper level staff patio, parking lot and bicycle parking, per the project proposal.
The project also will encompass pedestrian safety enhancements in nearby intersections, as well as native landscaping and trees on the adjacent street.
According to the project proposal, LifeLong’s new building design “merges the California contemporary style characterized by rectilinear forms, flat parapet walls and extensive use of glass.”
Currently the LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center, which is named for one of Richmond’s first African-American pediatricians, provides a range of pediatric health care services Monday through Thursdays.
When the upgrades are completed, LifeLong’s center is expected to offer a variety of adult health care services as well. SGPA Architecture and Planning drew up the building plans for the project.
LifeLong Medical Care currently runs 17 health care clinics throughout the East Bay and Marin County, with three centers in Richmond. Per SGPA Architecture and Planning in the project proposal, LifeLong has “served the community for more than 40 years, serving 52,000 patients, of which 7,000+ are low income families and seniors in the City of Richmond.”
Per a staff statement in the Richmond Planning Commission resolution corresponding to the project, “the proposed project will greatly upgrade the neighborhood by greatly improving an underutilized parcel with a well-designed community medical clinic.”
The project will be funded through local, state and federal grants as well as through the organization’s own funds.
“This past weekend, LifeLong held its annual fundraising gala to celebrate 41 years of service to the community and support for the new William Jenkins Health Center. For more information, click here,” said LifeLong Medical Care Deputy Director Lucinda Bazile, who is also a For Richmond Steering Committee member. “It’s an honor to carry on Dr. Jenkins’ legacy; he gave his all and he meant so much to this community.”
For Richmond, which supports the health of Richmond residents as one of its mission pillars, is in discussions with LifeLong Medical Care re: opening a patient resource room at the upgraded center.