Urgent-care center finds home at Roundhouse

       Colorado Springs Health Partners plans to open an urgent-care center in the historic Roundhouse commercial center at the southwest corner of Highway 24 and 21st Street.
       According to Lynne Jones, marketing director for the physician-owned practice that started in 1946, CSHP expects to begin remodeling in November and to open the center in the spring. Eight to 12 employees, from physicans to office staff, will be hired, she said.
       The facility will take up about half of the 11,000-plus square feet that CSHP is leasing at the south end of the building. Initially constructed in 1887 as the repair facility for Midland Railway trains, the curve-shaped roundhouse was restored/remodeled by the Griffis/Blessing company five years ago.
       The other half of the space will become the offices of two CSHP family-practice physicians - Drs. Julie Brady and William Malabre - who will be relocating from the medical building at 20th and Colorado, she said.
       The urgent-care center will be the second for CSHP. The current one is part of its main concentration of provider services at Union Boulevard and Fillmore Street. Jones said CSHP has been looking for space to offer such services on the Westside.
       The days and hours have not yet been determined. The Union/Fillmore location is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
       The Roundhouse space became available when Carmichael Training Systems (the site's first tenant in 2009) relocated to the Garden of the Gods Road, according to Steve Engel, president of Griffis/ Blessing. “It was good timing for everybody,” he said. “CSHP will move in as soon as the retrofit work is done. We're targeting March 1.”
       To make sure there is adequate parking, signage will be posted in the lot for patient spaces “as near to the building as we can get them,” Engel said.
       Along with the Colorado Mountain Brewery at the opposite end, the CSHP space is one of the two largest areas in the roughly 30,000-square-foot Roundhouse building.

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