The Children’s Assessment Center is passing around this sketch showing the huge expansion the child-sexual-abuse resource center is planning at 2500 Bolsover in the Rice Village, just east of Kirby. (The view is along Bolsover, with Kirby at the far left.) The existing 55,000-sq.-ft. building, shown on the far right, opened in 1998. An additional 75,000 sq. ft. of space will go in a 4-story structure that’ll sidle up to it and connect to the existing floors. A new conference and training center will fit inside, along with space for the 44 partner agencies the CAC works with. To make room for the addition, the existing 330-car parking garage will be torn down; a new 420-car garage will go up along the Kirby side, right behind the new Frost Bank built on a portion of the former Village Plaza Shopping Center.
Gensler, the project’s architect, hasn’t released any additional drawings or site plans yet. The CAC says it’s reached the halfway point of the $30 million it needs to raise for construction. Once it’s complete, the Village facility will rank as one of the largest of its kind in the country; the CAC works to prevent the sexual abuse of children and treats more than 5,000 victims each year.
- Reasons for Expansion [Children’s Assessment Center]
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