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Charlestown Board to Mull Medical Facility’s Plans

  • An architect's drawing of a proposed 8,200 square-foot medical facility on Cedar Road in Charlestown, N.H. (Courtesy Joseph Architects)



Valley News Correspondent
Friday, September 16, 2016

Charlestown — The Planning Board on Tuesday will review a site plan for a new, 8,200-square-foot medical facility on Cedar Road.

The building will become the new home of Charlestown Family Medicine, which is currently on Main Street; its existing building will be sold.

Springfield Medical Care Systems, which owns Springfield Hospital and several other “federally qualified” health centers, received a $1 million grant toward the estimated $2.5 million construction costs. The grant is from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

“We were looking for a way to improve the size of our facility. One of our goals as a federally qualified facility is to increase access to primary care,” SMCS Director of Engineering Mark Blanchard said, noting the new building will be double the size of Charlestown Family Medicine’s current space. As part of the project, Charlestown Family Medicine will be renamed the Charlestown Health Center.

The new center will be built on an 8.2 acre parcel, of which 2.5 acres were owned by Whelen Engineering and donated to SMCS, Blanchard said. The other 5.7 acres is currently under contract with owner Paul Beaudry.

Blanchard said the center will include one additional primary care provider from the three at the family medicine center and will also include an X-ray room, a new service not available at the existing center.

The goal is to break ground in October and have the center in operation early next summer. Blanchard said they looked at different locations in Charlestown but there was not a lot of available space that would fit their needs.

“This was definitely a very good spot,” he said.

The new center is just a few miles north of the Main Street location.

Expanding at the current location would have required adding a second or third floor, which was not feasible, Blanchard said.

 The site will have 25 parking spaces for employees and another 10 for patients.

“It is a permitted use in the zone and we have had our application accepted as complete,” Blanchard said. He said he was not anticipating any major problems with the proposal.

A state stormwater permit still needs to be obtained.

Patrick O’Grady can be reached at pogclmt@gmail.com.