GREENBURGH, N.Y. Construction will begin this month on an extension of the Greenburgh Health Center that has been nine years in the making.
The new building will be constructed at 295 Knollwood Rd., a short walk from the Greenburgh Public Library. The 30,000 square-foot building will cost $12 million to build, which has been granted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
"Dreams really do come true," said Judith Watson, the executive director of the Greenburgh Health Center. "No one believed that we would be here today. No one believed that, least of all me."
The new building's expected date of completion is between 12 to 18 months, December 2012 to May 2013. In 2010, it served nearly 100,000 patients. The new building will allow the center to offer new services in addition to the ones that are currently offered at the existing location, situated at 330 Tarrytown Rd., less than a mile away.
"This is something that's really needed in the community," said County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings), who attended Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony. "The demand for these kinds of services have risen greatly during this economy. We need the jobs that the construction is going to provide, as well. It's definitely a very good thing for the health of the people in this community and for the economy."
The development hit several road blocks since 2002 from residents and groups that were against the expansion for a plethora of reasons, such as the lack of sidewalks, the construction, environmental issues and security issues. Town Supervisor Paul Feiner met with the Broadview Civic Association last Monday to discuss its opposition. President Bob Reninger said he felt that the issues were not resolved, and looks to meet with town officials again before the end of the month.
The Daily Greenburgh will explore the issues against the Greenburgh Health Center's expansion in the coming week.
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