San Marco buildings make way for new cancer center

San Marco buildings make way for new cancer center
The building that once housed Premier MRI and Caitlin Design was torn down in mid-July in order to prepare the groundwork for the new Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center building slated to be built on that site.

After the groundbreaking ceremony for its new Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center facility June 23, Baptist Health wasted no time tearing down the remaining few buildings that were scattered on the two blocks surrounded by Gary Street and Children’s Way, San Marco Boulevard and Palm Avenue.

Meeting the wrecking ball were the brick building at 916 Dante Place that formerly housed Baptist’s Premier Open MRI facility and neighboring Catlin Design, an interior design firm owned by Juliana Catlin, as well as a psychiatric practice at 1357 Palm Avenue, which was formerly owned by Dr. David Sall and his wife, Patricia Stacey Sall, a licensed clinical social worker, who sold their property to Baptist Health in March of 2015. The Salls moved their practice to 1437 Flagler Avenue.

In anticipation of its soon-to-come demolition, both Premier Open MRI and Catlin Designs moved their headquarters to the duPont Center, two office buildings with ample parking on the Southbank. Premier Open MRI now resides at 1660 Prudential Drive, Suite 102, while Catlin Designs moved into the adjacent building at 1650 Prudential Drive, Suite 107.

The 10,350-square foot warehouse at the corner of San Marco Boulevard and Children’s Way, which was formerly owned by Gladys N. Cacerio, was also demolished in July in order to make way for a public plaza-like park, which Baptist Health will own but intends to share with the San Marco community.

Tearing down the warehouse was more complicated, said Baptist MD Anderson site superintendent Denny Joyce of Perry-McCall Construction. Before doing so, Baptist Health had to coordinate a different traffic pattern with the city in order to close San Marco Boulevard so heavy equipment could come in, he said.

Perry-McCall Construction joins DPR Construction in working jointly on the project.

By Marcia Hodgson
Resident Community News

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