THE FIRST PHASE OF THE LINDA RAY CHILDREN'S CENTER
WAS THE  COMPLETE REDESIGN AND RENOVATION OF
THIS 6 UNIT APARTMENT HOUSE TO BE KNOWN AS THE
TODDLER CENTER


This apartment contained 6 units and was chosen to be developed into the Toddler

Building as the first phase of the Center because it was smaller and could be done

quicker than the huge complex next door that was to be the Intervention Center.

This building was in the better condition of the two buildings, but was flea and termite

infested and had been out of code for many years.  However,  it met the requirements of

Infants In Need in location,  space, and potential for the proposed Toddler Center.

  

A new rendering was presented by Sasaki after a number of planning meetings and

approval by the Board.  The Architects completed the preliminary drawings for the

Toddler Center and the members of the Miami Building and Construction Trades

Council agreed that their member Trade Unions would donate the labor and much

of the materials to complete this  phase of the project.


The tenants were evicted from the future Toddler Building in late 1989, so the plans

could be completed and  work begin by late 1989 with a goal of a completion date of

June 1991. Quite an ambitious plan,  but the Miami Building and Trades Council's

22 local union volunteers were  ready to go full blast on weekends, holidays,

vacations as well as and days off.



Over the next year over 350 volunteers gave hundreds of hours of their time and

talents as the work progressed. At this point we were confidant that we would meet

 the project finish date of  June, 1990.  The completed building included a

reception room, office for  social services, and a medical room for visiting doctors

to use in examining  and  treating the  children.  Also included is a kitchen to serve

the facility as well as a dining room that would double as a meeting/classroom. 

In addition, there would be five bedrooms, an isolation unit, an special bathrooms

to serve the 40 medically dependent children that would be served by this facility.



Yes, we did it and the finished product is shown on next page!



  This is the completed building as it stands today serving 40 medically dependent

children. The program is directed  by the UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital Pediatric

Department. The Pediatric Center (as it is referred to today) and its beautiful

playground provided by Dr. & Mrs. Sanford Ziff was the first facility to start the

revitalization of the entire neighborhood.


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