CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NEW FACILITY FOR DALLAS 24 HOUR CLUB
Local commercial real estate and construction communities unite to build facility for homeless seeking a life away from drugs and alcohol
DALLAS – (Feb. 10, 2017) – Construction has started on a new facility for Dallas 24 Hour Club, located at 4636 Ross Avenue, made possible by leaders in the commercial real estate industry and generous donors.
Founded in 1969, Dallas 24 Hour Club has been serving the community for 48 years by providing safe, sober transitional living for homeless men and women, seeking a new life away from drugs and alcohol.
“The groundbreaking of Dallas 24 Hour Club’s new facility is an important event for Dallas,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “Our city is committed to taking care of our homeless population, and we are thankful for the commercial real estate and construction businesses that came together as part of the solution.”
After learning about the 24 Hour Club’s capital campaign to replace a 100-year-old building that was functionally obsolete, the local commercial real estate and construction industries joined forces to help make the project possible.
“Many of us in the commercial real estate community have been blessed with the opportunity to work in D-FW on some of the largest corporate building projects in the country,” said Steve Van Amburgh, CEO, KDC. “We all believe in being strong servant leaders, especially for a community that has been so good to us and our companies. It has truly been a heartfelt commitment from all of us to help people in real need.”
KDC is leading the development of the facility and organized a consortium of general contractors comprised of Austin Commercial, Balfour Beatty and The Beck Group, to oversee construction. Dallas 24 Hour Club was awarded the Citizen HKS Grant, which provides all of the architectural services on a pro bono basis. Other companies providing services pro bono include Acme Brick, Azteca Steel, Inc., Baker Triangle, Baring Industries, Brandt Engineering, Brightview, Capform Inc., Carrco Painting, Cemco, CMC Steel Fabricators, Cowtown Materials, D’Ambra Construction, Dee Brown, Inc., Drywall Interiors, Elite Fire Protection, Energy by 5, Greater Metroplex Interiors, Harmon, Intertech, Jackson Walker, Kimley-Horn & Associates, KPost, Lasco Acoustics & Drywall, Laticrete, L & W Supply, Martin Marietta, Miscellaneous Steel Industries, Otis Elevators, Pacheco Koch, Performance Door & Hardware, Potter Concrete, Precision Demolition, Redi-Mix Concrete, SDI, Sigma, TDIndustries, Terracon, Vilhauer Enterprises, Walker Engineering, Woodhaus, Inc., Wylie Drilling, and Wright Construction.
“The residents, staff and Dallas 24 Hour Club’s Board of Directors are extremely honored by the generosity of the many companies that have joined together to build a much needed new facility for our residents,” said Marsha Williamson, Executive Director Dallas 24 Hour Club. “Our century old building was physically failing and our days were numbered. We are beyond grateful to each person and company that is giving of their time, talent, expertise, goods and services.”
The 24 Hour Club’s previous 6,900-square-foot facility will be replaced by a two-story, 14,000-square-foot building at the original location on Ross Avenue, increasing the nonprofit’s annual accommodation from 300 to 400 people. The new building will include a commercial kitchen and dining area, large Alcoholics Anonymous meeting room, a Community Room, meditation rooms, indoor and outdoor activity space, and parking – all of which helps promote sobriety and a sense of community.
Dallas 24 Hour Club is unique in that no one is turned away for lack of funds. Phase 1 residents are extended credit until they can get a job and pay the minimal $9 a day rent, which also covers daily meals, linens and toiletries in a home-like environment. Phase II residents pay $14 a day and receive use of more amenities. The maximum stay is 18 months.
The 24 Hour Club has a 17 percent success rate, compared to the 10-12 percent national success rate for those trying to sustain sobriety and become economically self-sufficient. The new Dallas 24 Hour Club is slated for completion in fall 2017.
KDC is a leading corporate build-to-suit development and investment firm for companies across the country. Within the last 27 years, KDC has produced approximately 30 million square feet valued at over $5 billion. KDC addresses the future of Corporate America by developing walkable, mixed-use urban environments anchored by notable clients, and specializes in datacenter and broadcast studio build-to-suits. KDC's portfolio includes developments for Toyota North America, Liberty Mutual, State Farm (Dallas and Atlanta offices), FedEx, Raytheon, and J.P Morgan Chase. KDC is headquartered in Dallas and is supported by a national team. For more information, please visit kdc.com.
About Dallas 24 Hour Club
Dallas 24 Hour Club, Inc. is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which seeks to help solve the homeless problem in Dallas by not only offering shelter to the homeless addict, but also giving them the opportunity to build a solid foundation of sobriety. The 24 has been self-sustaining and continuously operational since its founding in 1969, and has never accepted government funding. Our new larger facility will require financial support from our community, so that we can keep our doors wide open to those who are so desperately in need of a brand new start.