San Antonio: Gordon Hartman Seeks Federal Aid for The Multi-Assistance Center
Feature Photo: Dirt work activity at the project site for the future The MAC at Morgan’s Wonderland can be seen in this February 2021 captured image. Source: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The developer for The Multi-Assistance Center (The MAC) located next to Morgan’s Wonderland is requesting federal assistance to construct an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC).
The Economic Development Administration gave public notice Monday that The MAC at Morgan’s Wonderland is asking for federal aid for this component of the facility, which is intended to be a one of a kind health system for individuals with physical disabilities.
“EDA is conducting an assessment of the potential of the proposed project to affect the environment and/or historic properties,” the notice states. “That ASC will be a one-stop service center providing an innovative approach to health and social service care to special needs individuals, (it) will become the only ASC known to focus on assisting the special needs population.”
Gordon Hartman, founder of Morgan’s Wonderland, marshalled the community to support The MAC. He retained the services of Luna Middleman Architects (formerly MDN Architects) to design the building and the project team started the building permit process in Fall 2020.
Site work for the infrastructure and building foundation began in February 2021. It is located on a 6.9-acre site at 5210 Thousand Oaks Drive at the northwest corner of Thousand Oaks and Wurzbach Parkway, next to Heroes Stadium.
The facility, according to city records, will be a three-story medical office building shell would have an area of approximately 165,171 square feet and an estimated project cost is more than $20.5 million.
In August 2021, Luna Middleman filed a state report claiming the interior finish-out work would begin that month and reach completion by the end of June 2022. The budgeted cost of the interior work was reported as $8 million.
According to The MAC website, The Medical Institute at the MAC will be the anchor of all medical services provided:
“This first-class, state of the art medical facility will provide primary care and services to individuals with special needs. Through coordination with community partners, the Institute will make it easier for individuals with special needs to receive all their medical services in a welcoming environment from providers specifically trained to treat their condition(s).”