This Letter to the Editor was written by Wanda Dunlap, a resident of the Fairview neighborhood of Greenburgh.
The Town of Greenburgh has approved the building of a new 25,000+ square foot Greenburgh Health Center on Knollwood Road adjacent to the Social Security Building. The health center is affiliated with the Mt. Vernon and Yonkers Health Centers. The Broadview Civic Association, which represents Greenburgh residents, has been working to block the construction for the last seven years, and we have not given up the fight.
We believe that this building will have many negative affects on the neighboring community and prove to be problematic for the patients as well. First of all, many of the patients will be traveling by public transportation and there is no sidewalk from the bus stop. There is minimal parking available on the property and the only alternative is to park in our neighborhoods or the Greenburgh Library and walk over. There will be an increase in the already heavy traffic on Knollwood Road, making it even more difficult leave and enter our neighborhoods. Under the Federal guidelines for Federally Qualified Health Centers, this facility will be required to handle patients receiving drug treatment and mental health and sex abuse counseling. Finally, the center will be transporting patients from outside of the immediate community to receive these services.
It is not that we are opposed to the health center, but we are at a loss to understand why it would be located within a community that it does not serve. Not long ago we had the Westhab Shelter on 119 across from Burger King. At that time, our mailboxes were vandalized and our seniors were solicited for food and UNICEF donations throughout the year. We in the immediate area are quite concerned that we will once again be negatively impacted, therefore, we beseech you to take our concerns under consideration and consider how this facility will affect you over time. Please contact your representatives, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins and Assemblyman Thomas J. Abinanti. They will not represent us if grumble to ourselves……”United we stand, divided we fall….”