CALDWELL — After sitting vacant for five years on Cleveland Boulevard, the building that for 60 years housed Penny Wise Drug Store is coming down.
Demolition of the local landmark started Tuesday, with a ceremonious golden tractor bucket smashing into the brick exterior. City officials in attendance welcomed the start of construction on a new four-story building, which will house a Terry Reilly Health Services clinic on the first story and affordable housing on the top three.
Penny Wise Drug Store operated for more than 60 years at 802 Cleveland Blvd., before closing in 2014.
The new facility, called Cleveland Square, is planned to open in the summer of 2020. The new structure will be almost 60,000 square feet. On the first-floor clinic, Terry Reilly Health Services will treat patients on a sliding-scale rate based on their ability to pay.
Terry Reilly has outgrown its current Caldwell clinic, which opened on Arlington Avenue in 2006. The new clinic will have exam rooms, X-ray equipment, and counseling offices, among other services.
The three stories above the clinic will have 50 housing units, geared toward residents 55 and older, Bill Truax, the project’s manager and president of Galena Opportunity, Inc., previously told the Idaho Press. About 10% of the units will be offered at market rates.
“People want to be close to stuff and close to the active, vibrant places — this is an opportunity to do that,” Truax said.
Terry Reilly is looking to raise $1 million over the next year to help fund construction of the health facility. The total project cost is about $11 million, according to Truax.
Terry Reilly, which is partnering with Moonlake Consulting on the project, is looking for ways to celebrate the legacy of the Penny Wise Drug Store by locating antique items or old pictures of the building that will be placed around the new clinic, Terry Reilly CEO Heidi Hart previously told the Idaho Press.
“For us it’s exciting,” she said. “There’s also a letting go and saying goodbye of the past chapter of that property and what that meant for the community.”