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Health Clinic Progresses In Downtown Riverbank
A construction worker installs wire hangers that will hold up the suspended ceiling in a new health clinic coming to downtown Riverbank later this year. Hes using a special device that attaches to an electric drill. It installs the threaded hanger while attaching a heavy wire that holds up the tracks for the panels and lights of the new installation. Ric McGinnis/The News

Although not much has changed on the exterior, work continues on a health clinic coming to downtown Riverbank.

Once known for its shoe store, hardware store then hair salon, new windows were installed in previous weeks. Recently, the old chain link fence was demolished, being replaced with a wrought iron fence and bicycle rack. The area next to the wall behind will ultimately contain a cover for an outdoor break area, according to original plans.

The former storefront, on the south side of Santa Fe Street at 3234, was originally McDonald’s Shoe Store, then for a long time it was Sorenson’s True Value Hardware. After sitting vacant for some time, it was converted to a hair salon called One Cut Above.

Now, the building is being converted inside to a group of patient suites with doctor’s offices in the rear. New walls have been built inside the shell, and the ceiling is being dropped to conserve on heating and cooling costs.

The double paned windows also were being fitted weeks ago by workmen in preparation of interior painting on the new wall surfaces. The remodel plan includes upgrades to the store facade and new signage in addition to the patient treatment areas. The work will include a covered staff area on the adjacent paved area, behind the new fence.