Hermiston residents who frequently travel Southeast 11th Street have asked what the previously empty storage building on the corner of 11th and Hartley Avenue will hold once it is done with renovations.
The building at 140 SW 11th St. is now finished, other than some small touches, such as signage, and it is the new home of TruCare Pregnancy Clinic, previously known as TruCare Pregnancy Resource Center.
Kristi Atkins, executive director of the clinic, said the new space is several times larger than the support center’s previous location at Granary Square. It will allow the center to offer new services, including free ultrasounds for expectant mothers as soon as TruCare is able to hire a nurse to perform them.
The center provides “life-affirming” support to expectant mothers, including pregnancy tests, counseling, parenting classes and supplies, such as diapers. Emergency services, such as pregnancy tests, have been available by appointment through the pandemic. But as restrictions lift, Atkins said they have opened their new building to walk-ins and will restart their classes soon.
In other news, the Maxwell Market has confirmed that the farmers market will open from 4-8 p.m. on May 28 at the Maxwell Pavilion. Details on how the market will implement social distancing during the 2020 season will be announced later this week.
If you have been wondering about the construction at the corner of North Highway 395 and Punkin Center, that site will be the home of a new Roger’s Toyota location later this year.
The dealership plans to leave its current lot down the road and move into a much larger, more modern building with additional service bays and more parking for inventory when construction is complete this fall. The plans include a 30,000-square-foot building with three enclosed drive-thru lanes.