Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District officials kicked off a $1.5 million major renovation project on a suite of offices the district purchased several years ago at 400 Mary Ave. in Calexico.
Although the groundbreaking ceremony was the morning
of Dec. 4, information on the building project was limited because the ceremony
took place after this newspaper’s deadline.
Heffernan board members and district officials did not
provide much information on the project when contacted the evening of Dec. 3.
Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District operates in the
Calexico area and provides funding for healthcare-related services within the
district’s boundaries through annual property-tax allotments.
Heffernan board Trustee Gloria Grijalva said she
thinks the office building is being renovated to house medical facilities as
well as classrooms of some sort. No other board members were available to
provide information Dec. 3.
District general manager Tomas Virgen, who Grijalva said
is leading the renovation effort, was vague on what services the building would
building may be used to provide education, house some of the programs sponsored
by Heffernan, and perhaps be used as a temporary home for the Heffernan
Memorial Healthcare District offices and board meetings,” Virgen responded in
an email late Dec. 3.
Heffernan marketing and public relations head Tony Pimentel
said the property was purchased by the Heffernan district at least five years
ago and formerly contained the dental offices of Dr. Sae Rom Kim, from whom Pimentel
said he thought the district purchased the building.
Outdated real estate websites show the property was
also the former location of dentist Dr. Richard Farrell and the Imperial Valley
Independent Living Center. No purchase price could be located online and
neither Pimentel, Grijalva nor Virgen revealed the property cost.
Pimentel added the project is being renovated “from
top to bottom” and was designed by architects from Sanders Inc. in El Centro. Virgen
stated in the email that the building project would take about 12 months to be
The 5,570-square-foot building reportedly contains
three office suites with a common courtyard area on a nearly 17,000-square-foot
lot, according to information found online.
A white, boxy office building on the northeast corner
of Mary Avenue and Fourth Street, the site is across the street from Calexico
Neighborhood House and near the Fire Department.