Community Health Center purchases new building in Great Falls

Posted at 3:40 PM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 18:47:21-04

GREAT FALLS – Officials at the Community Health Care Center say they’re working to create more room for patients with the purchase of a new building.

A press release says the agency has entered into a buy-sell agreement to buy the Rocky Mountain Building which is located on Central Avenue.

The release says the CHCC is currently at full capacity, and the new location will provide 80,000 more square feet that will expand services to all county residents with an emphasis on creating access for those living below 200% of the federal poverty line.

“Access to care for our clients is one of our top priorities. This new building will allow us to provide a one stop shop for many of our services” said Trista Besich, Community Care Health Center CEO. “We focus on whole body care. In addition to medical services, we also help our clients with civil legal
issues, housing security, employment, substance abuse treatment and more in order to improve overall health outcomes. Having a physical shell big enough to encompass all that we do will be great for our employees, clients, and the Great Falls community.”

CHCC officials expect to move into the building by mid 2020.

(AUGUST 9, 2018) It has been nine years since an iconic downtown Great Falls building went up in flames.

Since then, the Rocky Mountain Building has largely been untouched, but several groups are joining together to bring life back into the building.

NeighborWorks of Great Falls coordinator Sheila Rice says they are in the process of securing funding to be able to buy the Rocky Mountain Building.

“The Business Improvement District, which is funded by the property owners in downtown Great Falls, has agreed to purchase the building, and then re-sell it at a discount to NeighborWorks,” Rice said.

Rice says this will not happen until all of the financing is in place.

“This is the only building that is specifically mentioned in the Downtown Master Plan. When you look at that, it is something that everyone believes in and everyone wants to have happen,” Rice said.

Rice says the plan for the Rocky Mountain building is to have 47 apartments on the upper floors; 10 of them will be income-restricted.

“The main floor and the lower level will be commercial space and it could be any number of things from offices to retail. We are actually talking to people who might possibly in relocating here,” Rice said.

She continued, “The earliest we will know about some of our grants is January of 2019. Then two years of construction after that, so it is a slow process.”