Sunday, July 27, 2014

Heartland Health and Mosaic Life Care invests in St. Joseph, Missouri downtown

Some administrative services moving to the German American Bank Building

Postcard of German American
Bank, built in 1889
Mark Laney, MD, president and CEO of Heartland Health and Mosaic Life Care announced recently the organization's investment in four properties in Downtown St. Joseph with the intention of moving a portion of its caregivers (employees) who work on administrative services.

"After spending two years in consideration, we decided buying an existing building was the best choice to improve the experience of our caregivers currently located at the Heartland Health Business Plaza," says Laney. "Another factor weighed heavily on us: the need to do something to enrich the community as a result of this move. We started looking at properties in Downtown St. Joseph. We were searching for a large enough workspace and the availability of off-street parking. After performing due diligence, we decided that the German American Bank Building was ideal for us."

Along with the German American Bank Building at 624 Felix, three other properties are a part of the downtown development. A building adjacent to the German American Bank Building currently with storefronts identified as 620 and 618 Felix, as well as parking lot areas on the northeast and southwest corners of 7th and Edmond.

The German American Bank Building was constructed in 1889 and is on the National Historic Register. The bank originally was created to provide service to the large number of German-speaking citizens in the region. In 1918 it was renamed the American National Bank in 1918. Later, it became First Federal Savings and Loan. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Currently, the building is being used by Legal Aid of Western Missouri and some other businesses.

Renovation of the parking areas and building, embracing and protecting the historical significance of its architecture, is expected to take approximately two years. It will accommodate up to 200 caregivers.

Over the next two years, Heartland anticipates investing approximately $20 million in renovations to the properties. The interior of the German-American building will reflect the "Mosaic Life Care" look and experience, while preserving the National Historic Registry requirements.

"The natural brick walls on the inside will be preserved. The floors will be preserved, there are these beautiful carved columns that will be preserved," Dr. Laney said. "It will look very similar to the way it currently is, with some modern amenities thrown in."
"Our goal of finding the perfect place for our caregivers morphed with great excitement at the chance to lead the way in revitalizing an area ripe with potential. Our move to the German American Bank Building will jumpstart a new era for Downtown St. Joseph, helping to return it to its previous vibrancy," says Laney.

See more details at Jena Sauber. (2014, July 25). Heartland/Mosaic to move offices Downtown. St. Joseph News Press.

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