Cooper Green’s parking deck demolition begins to make way for new facility

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Cooper Green Mercy Health Services.(Tira Davis / Bham Now)

Looks like Cooper Green Mercy Health Services is undergoing reconstruction. The parking deck at the historic building is being demolished to make way for a new clinic building that will allow the clinic to serve more patients. Keep reading for the details.

Brief History of Cooper Green

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Did you know that Cooper Green Mercy Health Services was originally named Mercy Hospital? (Tira Davis / Bham Now)

Cooper Green Mercy Health Services is a medical clinic located in Birmingham’s Southside, adjacent to UAB Hospital. The clinic has been a blessing to the Jefferson County community considering that the organization provides healthcare to all residents regardless of their ability to pay.

According to Bham Wiki, it first opened at 1515 Sixth Avenue South in 1972 under the name Mercy Hospital and was later renamed for former Birmingham Mayor Cooper Green in 1975.

Cooper Green acts as a multi-specialty outpatient health service organization that offers health care services that include:

  • Primary and specialty
  • Behavioral
  • Urgent

They also offer an onsite pharmacy, radiology and clinical laboratory. Now, the clinic will be expanding on the property and a new facility will be taking the parking deck’s place.

What’s next for the clinic?

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The demolition process for the parking deck has begun. (Tira Davis / Bham Now)

The parking deck at Cooper Green is coming down to make way for a new clinic building. According to a press release, the deck’s removal is part of the overall plan to construct a new facility to house the clinical services offered by Cooper Green to Jefferson County residents.

In an agreement with Jefferson County and the UAB Health System, the Cooper Green Mercy Health Service Authority will construct a modern and improved facility on the site of the parking deck to replace the current main building. Representatives said that the existing facility is costly to maintain and is not suited for modern health care.

The demolition process has begun and is expected to be completed this summer. Cooper Green will operate as normal throughout the process.

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