Local commercial real estate and construction communities unite to build facility for homeless seeking a brand new life away from alcohol and drugs



DALLAS – (Jan. 29, 2018) – Construction has been completed on Dallas 24 Hour Club’s new facility, 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 49 years by providing safe, sober transitional living for homeless men and women, seeking a new life away from drugs and alcohol.

“Dallas 24 Hour Club was housing 67 residents who were struggling to build a brand new life, however, we were struggling to keep our doors open to a facility that was over 100 years old with decades of deferred maintenance,” said Marsha Williamson, CEO, Dallas 24 Hour Club. “Thanks to the extremely generous donations and hard work from the local real estate and construction industry, we can now give our residents a safe and comforting place to call home while they work toward sobriety.”

After learning about The 24’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.

“This was a very special project to KDC and the other participating members in the local real estate industry as we were able to give back to the community that has been so good to us over the years,” said Steve Van Amburgh, CEO, KDC. “We are proud to welcome 24 Hour Club to their new home and appreciate how all of the companies stepped up to cover almost all of the project costs, which was more than $3.5 million. What a sign of generosity and selflessness.”

KDC lead development of the facility and organized a consortium of general contractors comprised of Austin Commercial, Balfour Beatty and The Beck Group, to oversee construction. Through its social impact initiative Citizen HKS, HKS provided all architectural design and structural engineering services on a pro-bono basis. Other companies that provided services pro bono include Acme Brick, Baker Triangle, Brandt Engineering, Brightview, Capform Inc., Carrco Painting, Cemco, Dee Brown, Inc., DMG Masonry, Dots Masonry, Elite Fire Protection, Energy by 5, Goodall Distributing, Harmon, Jackson Walker, Kimley-Horn & Associates, KPost, Laticrete, L & W Supply, Miscellaneous Steel Industries, Otis Elevators, Pacheco Koch, Potter Concrete, SDI, TDIndustries, Terracon, Vilhauer Enterprises, Walker Engineering, Wright Construction, Wylie Drilling and nearly 100 others.

The 24’s previous 6,900-square-foot facility has been 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 includes a commercial kitchen and dining area, large Alcoholics Anonymous meeting room that will host over 30 meetings a week to the residents and the recovery community at large, 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 $10 daily guest fee, which also covers daily meals, linens and toiletries in a home-like environment. Phase II residents pay a $15 daily guest fee and receive use of more amenities. The maximum stay is six months.

The 24 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.

About KDC

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.

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