Livermore Falls Awarded $350,000 for Medical Arts Center
13,500 square-foot building will be in downtown Livermore Falls
May 6, 2011
The Maine Office of Community Development (OCD) within the Department of Economic & Community Development has awarded $350,000 to the town of Livermore Falls to offset construction and site work costs of a new 13,500 square-foot medical arts center located in vacant space on Main Street. The OCD administers the HUD-funded Community Development Block Grant Program in Maine.
Since August 2010, Developer Kevin Bunker had worked with a committee of Livermore Falls residents and town officials to develop the proposal for the Community Development Block Grant. “The great partnership among town government, residents, and the hospital has really developed a strong sense of community-wide engagement to make this project and grant successful,” said Town Manager Kristal Flagg. “Townspeople are really excited about this project.”
The new center that will be owned by Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) will bring together personnel and services currently provided at Franklin Health Livermore Falls Family Practice on Union Street and at Franklin Memorial Hospital Outpatient Services on Main Street. Both facilities had too little space for their needs and expansion at either building was not feasible.
Planning began more than two years ago after an inclusive long-range community visioning process determined a need to construct a new health center in a prominent Livermore Falls location. “FMH began working with town leaders and residents to assess the community needs, options, and feasibility of constructing a new facility. During this process, several hundred individuals provided positive feedback,” said Rebecca Ryder, FMH president.
Health care services provided at the new center will include primary care by the medical staff of Livermore Falls Family Practice, and outpatient specialty care including orthopaedics, ob/gyn women’s care, physical therapy, and mental health counseling. Also offered will be laboratory services, x-rays, and digital mammography services.
Preliminary site assessment work has been completed and the project will move forward in the coming weeks with completion projected for late 2011. PDT Architects designed the building that will be overseen during construction by Developers Collaborative, an association of real estate developers. The total cost of the project is $4 million.
Aesthetic considerations have played a role in the center’s planning. Most of downtown Livermore Falls features buildings with distinctive brick façades and multiple stories. Although the center will be just one story, it will have a brick front that resembles a multi-story complex. Parking will accommodate 55 vehicles.
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