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SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018 THE N'WEST IOWA REVIEW/SHELDON, IA E3 BUSINESS Promise undergoing renovation and expansion Health center to hold open house BY JOE FISHER JFISHER@NWESTIOWA.COM SIOUX CENTER—New renovations and expansions will soon be unveiled at Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center. Promise will host a ribboncutting ceremony and open house 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, to celebrate the update. The comprehensive care facility received aesthetic and structural improvements to the exterior along with increased space on the interior. This comes after completion of a capital campaign that raised $130,000 through business and personal donations. The total cost of the improvements tallies about $380,000 so far. A rendering shows what the renovated exterior of Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center will look like. An open house will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April, 26. Image submitted “Everyone is so excited about the changes here. Employees have a great, modern building to come to every day. Patients have a warm, welcoming home for their health needs,” said Nathan Vander Plaats, who took over as executive director of Promise on Dec. 11, succeeding Nancy Dykstra, who retire at the end of the year after serving as the guiding hand of the health center since it opened in July 2008. Administrative space, an employee break room and additional patient exam rooms were added. A new larger education room for hosting staff meetings and community education events also was added. “With the growth we’ve been experiencing, that room in particular was a great addition,” Vander Plaats said. He said the need for expanding the interior space stems from a growing demand and the establishment of new services. “In 2017, we saw a patient increase of 22 percent. Without adding interior capacity, serving those patients in an efficient manner would have been very difficult,” Vander Plaats AT A GLANCE: What: Ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house Who: Promise Community Health Center When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Where: 338 First Ave. N.W., Sioux Center. said. “With the age of our building, it was important to modernize the exterior and protect the building and Promise from what would become unsustainable upkeep.” Some final touches, including placing a sign on the front of the building, are expected to be completed within the next week. “It seems any time I am out around town, I hear from our stakeholders about how nice it is to see the transformation of this building,” Vander Plaats said. “I am excited to see this all come together.” Promise opened its doors to the community almost 10 years ago. It started as a mobile health center. The mobile unit was dispatched to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The open house will feature hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and other beverages. Visitors can tour the facility and learn more about its services. Like Promise, it is open to everyone. Promise Community Health Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision and behavioral health services. To learn more, visit www. promisechc.org. Building being revamped into condos Paullina Care Center receiving renovation BY JOE FISHER JFISHER@NWESTIOWA.COM PAULLINA—The former Paullina Care Center is being renovated and turned into an eight-unit condominium. The 12,000-square-foot building was once a 39-bed nursing home in the northwest corner of the city limits. The care center closed in 2008 and the building was purchased by Brian and Christine Feltman in 2015. The Feltmans own 15 homes in Paullina and an apartment complex in Primghar under their business B.C. Rentals. The condominiums will be called Prairie 8 Condos. Brian Feltman said he was not quite sure what he would do with the care center building after purchasing it. “It sat for a year after I owned it because I didn’t really know what to do with it,” he said. “I had several ideas. It was in such disrepair. There were no furnaces, no hot water. We decided to gut it.” Feltman removed all of the electrical wiring, plumbing and walls. During that process, he decided to develop the space into condominiums. “Northwest Iowa has what I would call a housing shortage,” he said. “I have quite a few rental properties, and I have more people looking for a place than I have available. There’s just no place to go.” The building will be divided into eight units, ranging from 800 to 1,400 square feet, likely priced by square foot Each unit will feature an openconcept kitchen and living area with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. There will be direct access to the each unit from outside and they will all have private patio space. The units also will be equipped with fireplaces and Feltman emphasized bringing in natural light with plenty of window space. The southeastern-most unit is being completely finished with flooring, countertops, cabinets and appliances so it may be shown to prospective buyers. That unit has 5-foot showers with installed with seats and a small 6-inch lip, providing easy entry. The kitchen has an island that will hold the sink. The rest of the units will be drywalled, primed and textured but will not have countertops, cabinets and other fixtures installed. “You buy them and finish them the way you want,” Feltman said. “The thought is if someone comes and sees this one and doesn’t like the flooring, ‘Hey, there’s an empty unit over here. You can put purple floors in it if you so choose.’” He said the show unit will tentatively be completed this year. If that unit happens to sell as is, he will finish another unit for show. “It’s actually moving faster than I thought,” Feltman said. Along with the condos, owners also will be purchasing a two-stall garage and a basement storage unit. Construction on the garages is yet to begin, but the plan is for seven of the garages to be built together, with the northernmost unit having its own detached garage because of the proximity of that unit. The northwest side of the building Brian Feltman, co-owner of B.C. Rentals, measures the island for the kitchen that will be in Prairie 8 Condos’ show unit in Paullina. Photo by Joe Fisher offers a view to the countryside of Paullina, which Feltman noted was one of his favorite parts of the structure. “This is one thing I didn’t want to lose. This is rural Iowa,” he said. “You have a 10-mile view.” At the heart of the building will be a common area designed to host large get-togethers. “If you’re having Thanksgiving or Easter and your place isn’t big enough, I’m trying to make it so it’ll seat 25 people,” Feltman said. “There’s going to be a small kitchen and a bathroom here.” Next to that area there is a room that will be designated for therapists and other health-care professionals to use for visits. “This could be a treatment room, could be a hearing aid person, a chiropractor,” Feltman said. “We thought we could have a treatment person visit and see everyone here.” He noted the units are meant to be “a little higher-end places,” which could price them out of the rental market. He is not sure what the costs will be.