AIDS Re­search Con­sor­tium of At­lanta set­tles into new home

Op­er­a­tion Move ARCA con­tin­ues to help fund new lo­ca­tion

GA Voice - - News -

Founded in 1988, the AIDS Re­search Con­sor­tium of At­lanta is one of At­lanta’s old­est con­tin­u­ously op­er­at­ing HIV/AIDS ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The agency learned in mid-Septem­ber it would be forced from its home on Ponce de Leon Av­enue af­ter its build­ing was pur­chased by a real es­tate de­vel­oper who planned to build new res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

The move to ARCA’s new lo­ca­tion at 440 Ralph McGill Blvd. has been chal­leng­ing, Dr. Me­lanie Thompson, ARCA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, told GA Voice.

“We were given about eight weeks, but it took us a long time to find a place where we wanted to live, given all the dif­fer­ent con­straints,” Thompson said. “We had been in our old place 22 years. You can imag­ine how much stuff ac­cu­mu­lates over 22 years.”

In ad­di­tion to the lab and re­search equip- ment, ARCA also had to find a new place to store more than 15 years of records as re­quired by the Food & Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

A fundrais­ing drive called Op­er­a­tion Move ARCA was set up to help the ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion fund the move to its new home.

So far, ARCA has raised about half of its goal of $10,000, Thompson said. The fundrais­ing ef­fort will con­tinue through the next few months to help bridge that gap. ARCA is cur­rently ac­cept­ing do­na­tions through its Face­book page.

Thompson said ARCA would be up and run­ning on Mon­day, Nov. 12.

“We’re go­ing to be really happy here,” Thompson said. “We’ll be start­ing three new stud­ies within the next cou­ple of weeks and that will be ex­cit­ing.”

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