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Work Nears Completion For New Health Clinic
A paint crew, center, works alongside an air conditioning contractor, at left, as remodeling continues on the former hardware store becoming a multi-station health clinic. The exterior painting has been completed and air conditioning workers were hoping PG&E would soon hook up its permanent installation on the building so they could be cool on the inside while they add the finishing details. Ric McGinnis/The News

Completion is in sight on a remodel, re-purpose project in historic downtown Riverbank. The former Sorenson’s True Value Hardware Store building on Santa Fe Street is well on its way to becoming a state of the art health clinic.

Upgrades to the building’s facade are nearly complete, with exterior painting finished earlier this month and interior work almost done. Air conditioning equipment has been installed, along with wiring for power and network connections.

The individual examination suites have yet to be equipped, but plumbing is completed.

In December 2015, the sound of jackhammers rang throughout the downtown area as demolition of some of the facility was underway. Cuts were being made in the concrete foundation of the building to accommodate the plumbing and electric changes needed.

Although contractors based in Merced, M&W Construction, originally predicted work would be completed by springtime, delays occurred along the way.

The clinic is being built and will be operated by Horison’s Unlimited Health Care, also of Merced. It will be the company’s fifth location in the Central Valley.

Located on the south side, at 3234 Santa Fe St., the clinic will sit between City Hall South, a former Wells Fargo Bank branch, and A.J. Meyer’s former saddlery shop. It’s directly across Santa Fe from the Riverbank Historical Museum.