Will the relocation increase the operating budget for Choices? How are you planning on addressing that?
The relocation would increase the operating budget for Choices, but these costs would be outweighed by an increase in revenue from tenants. The building we are hoping to purchase already has tenants who want to stay if we become the owners.
Why are you moving locations?
Greater Phoenix is growing faster than almost any other metropolitan area in the nation and we want to be ready when demand increases. Our current Mesa clinic is at capacity, isn’t very visible from the road and the layout limits our ability to serve clients. A new location more suited to clinical work would help us serve more women, elevate our exposure and ultimately save lives.
Will the relocation provide enough of a benefit to justify this capital spend?
The relocation will increase the demand for our life-saving work by elevating our exposure and providing space for more ultrasound machines and more counseling rooms. It would cement our position as a leader in compassionate care for women and men in the East Valley. Additionally, owning a building would turn a rental bill into an asset ensuring our long term financial stability.
Will you have to hire more staff for the new building?
Yes! We would hire more staff to increase our medical and counseling services and to increase our operating hours. We’re eager to increase our hours beyond the typical work day so that we can be available whenever women need help.
What are the other benefits of the new location?
The location is 5 minutes away from our current facility, but that shares the same roadside access as Planned Parenthood down the street. The building is much more visible is much more conducive to the clinical work our model of service requires.
Will Choices look to open another center in Tempe?
While we love the idea of being in close proximity to ASU, we are not currently planning to expand in Tempe. Things may change, particularly as the legal landscape of abortion changes in Arizona in the coming years.
Why can’t Choices use the funds from the sale of the Tempe location to fund this project?
The funds from the sale of the Tempe property will be used to invest in the expanded service and outreach we are planning. This new building will be a substantial step up in size, accessibility, and visibility. While the purchase price is several million dollars below what it would cost to construct a similar building ourselves, it is still well beyond the funds available from the sale of the Tempe building.
If Choices isn’t able to purchase this building, what are the alternatives? Will you still look to relocate?
If we’re not able to purchase the building, we will still look for alternative locations to better suit our needs. The timeline might look a little different, but the need is still there.
When would the new center be open?
Our goal is open the new center by March 2023.
How will the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade affect this move?
If Roe v. Wade is overturned there will be a flood of activists trying to loosen abortion laws in the state and many more women and men seeking care. When the demand increases and women face tough situations, we’re going to be there for them.
Will Choices invest in outreach to ensure that women are aware of Choices as an alternative to Planned Parenthood?
Yes! Choices will invest in social media advertisements and other paid-marketing initiatives to ensure that Choices, not Planned Parenthood, is what women see when they search for help.