El Rio Community Health Center is now operating its headquarters out of the historic Manning House. The 109-year-old building near Interstate 10 downtown is named for former Tucson Mayor Levi Manning.
El Rio bought the property for $2.36 million in 2013. The total investment after refurbishing and new construction is expected to be slightly more than $11 million. Work is underway to build a new three-story office tower that will be called "Manning 2."
El Rio officials say they hope the move downtown will give the health center a greater presence in the area, help boost downtown's revitalization, and foster employee wellness.
Approximately 240 of El Rio's 1,100 employees are expected to work downtown by the end of next month.