Architect Richard Jones explains the floorplan of the new Warrensburg Health Center to the town Planning Board at their Nov. 20 meeting. The new main building, to be constructed next year, features many more exam rooms, a CAT scanner and about double the floorspace.
The proposed new Warrensburg Health Center complex, to be developed mid-town this coming year, is planned to include a riverside park, a main building with far more exam rooms, and architecture featuring European-style towers with arches and glass.
Local officials said this week the health center complex will permanently transform the downtown streetscape.
Construction on the development, expected to cost about $8 million, is expected to begin this spring.
Richard Jones, the architect designing the new health center, presented the Warrensburg Town Planning Board Nov. 20 with sketches and a site plan. The board received the plan with enthusiasm and compliments.
“This is a welcome addition to our town,” planning board chairman Shale Miller said.
With more than double the present floor space, the health center is expected to accommodate more patient visits and spur the growth of good-paying local jobs, officials said.
The expanded main health center is to be built close to Main St. and Richards Avenue.
The present health center, a former supermarket building located several hundred feet back from Main St., is to be torn down after the new health center is constructed — so patient care isn’t interrupted during the construction process.
Plans call for the old health center’s site to be developed for parking, now located toward Main St.
The rear of the health center campus is to be developed into a riverside park, Jones said.
“With its excellent vantage points of the river, this relocated park will provide scenic views,” Jones said, noting that as many mature trees as possible — including memorial plantings — will be relocated from the their existing sites to the new park.
Jones told the board the center’s architecture reflects influences of the historic Holy Cross Episcopal Church across Main St.
He said that the face of the health center would include stonework from locally mined materials.
“This is going to be a high-end building,” Jones said. “It will be a major facility for downtown Warrensburg.”
The vastly enlarged health center, featuring an efficient layout and a substantial amount of new equipment, is expected to boost services and enhance efficiency in patient service, said George Purdue, Chief Administrative Officer of Hudson Headwaters, which operates the Warrensburg Health Center and 14 similar clinics.
Purdue said the number of Primary Care exam rooms would increase from 10 to 15, Urgent Care would increase from four to six, and Behavioral Health, from two to five rooms. Women’s Care and Specialty Care facilities are also expected to double. The imaging facilities are also expected to more than double in floorspace.
The health center’s expansion, Purdue said, will allow the health center to offer new health services, including cardiology, orthopedics and perhaps cancer care. More doctors and physicians’ assistants will be on the health center’s staff, he said.
Plans now include hosting a CAT scan device — the first in the southern Adirondacks, Purdue said.
Lighting on the parking lots is anticipated to be the new downward-facing lights that are considered far more efficient and environmentally friendly.
The Albert Tucker building, which now hosts a pharmacy and dental offices, is to remain on the campus, separated from the main building by a “healing garden” and partially covered walkway.
Warrensburg Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said that he was impressed with the plans for both the new health center.
“We’re very excited about the health center,” he said. “Hudson Headwaters has really paid attention to detail in this development.”
Geraghty said the campus, as designed, would be a landmark in the North Country.
“The new health center will not only be a huge plus for our streetscape, but it will provide outstanding health care for citizens of Warrensburg and the surrounding communities for decades to come,”