A long-time fixture of downtown Birmingham and the UAB campus will be departing the scene next year.
The UAB TownHouse, built in 1950 at the corner of 20th Street South and University Boulevard, will close early next year and ultimately be demolished.
The university announced that UAB Facilities is considering various options for property, and plans will be announced once a decision is made.
UAB will assist Sitar Indian Cuisine, which leases space on the bottom floor, in finding another location before its lease expires.
UAB purchased the building in the mid-80s. The TownHouse has been providing space for some patients to stay while receiving medical care. However, the university said the building no longer meets UAB Medicine's quality standards, and building codes make renovating the structure cost prohibitive.
All patient referrals to the UAB TownHouse ended last week. Extended-stay residents, which are typically patients living outside the metro area who require ongoing care for weeks after discharge, will soon have access to improved facilities, Jordan DeMoss, vice president of UAB Hospital.
DeMoss said the university is "excited" about opportunities to improve patient and family accommodations through a partnership with the DoubleTree Hotel and collaboration with local organizations that provide long-term lodging for patients and their families.
"We are grateful for the comfortable and convenient lodging the UAB TownHouse has provided to thousands of UAB Medicine patients and families over the years," Moss said.
Patients and family members requesting a place to stay for clinic visits, outpatient procedures or during a hospitalization will be provided with a list of accommodations within five miles of UAB, many of which offer reduced rates as low as $35 per night for UAB patients.
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