What some see as an eyesore in the North Heights area of Amarillo is officially getting a facelift.
The east portion of the old St. Anthony’s Hospital building is being transformed into senior living.
The boarded-up and broken building was donated to the North Heights Community back in 2018. Since, Joseph Peterson, the Development Chair for the North Heights Advisory Association said plans have been drawn up for what to do with the space.
“There have been ideas of community resource center, a food hall, coffee shop, restaurant, banquet event center,” Peterson said.
The idea to make the east portion of the building a senior living facility came from the St. Anthony Legacy and Redevelopment Corporation, which also brainstormed a funding avenue.
“There will be over 140 units that will be geared towards low-income tax credits,” Peterson said. “They received low-income tax credits, so it’s going to be affordable housing here in the northside of Amarillo.”
The goal is to have seniors move in about 2 years but in a way, Peterson said this redevelopment project is sending a bigger message about opportunities to come.
“People drive by and think, ‘Why is that building still standing there?’” Peterson said. “Well, now we have some momentum in terms of having this first piece being revitalized. The rest will be revitalized and that can spur continued growth in the neighborhood. So then having the housing here, having that affordable housing, is very important so people don’t have to leave their community”
The association hasn’t scrapped their other previous ideas for what the remainder of the building could be used for such as a community resource center. They are continuing to explore funding possibilities.
Written by Morgan Duerden