This Tuesday marked the groundbreaking ceremony for the horizontal expansion of a three-story health center at 6200 Beach Channel Drive, in Arverne, Far Rockaway, Queens. The development is projected to double the capacity of the existing space, providing more medical resources to the growing population. The added square footage will allow for expanded capacity to bring essential health services to the neighborhood, which is designated as medically underserved according to federal guidelines. Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center will be responsible for the development.
Attending the event was the Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, NYC Councilmember Donovan Richards, Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, as well as representatives from Bank of America, Building America CDE, Primary Care Development Corporation, and Denham Wolf Real Estate Services.
“The holistic, community-based health care provided by the Addabbo Family Health Center is needed now more than ever in Far Rockaway,” said Jonathan Denham, co-president of Denham Wolf, a nonprofit-focused real estate services firm and longtime partner with the Abbaddo Family health center, having assisted their acquisition of the property and construction in 2005. “Increasing the physical capacity of this facility is crucial to expanding the care, services, and economic opportunity available to a community that has been historically underserved.”
The 37-foot tall structure will yield an extra 22,000 square feet, boosting the site total to 44,000 square feet. 21 new exam rooms, clinical and community spaces will be added. The healthcare facility will provide holistic services for the low-income community, including primary care for children, adults, nutrition education, domestic violence support, and HIV intervention, prevention, and treatment.
Gertler & Wente Architects is responsible for the design. The layout is dedicated to creating open areas and specially devised windows allowing patients to have the benefit of getting a view without being subjected to abrasive sunlight
90 construction jobs will be created, with 31 new permanent positions to be made available.
Completion is expected by 2019. Once finished, the building is estimated to have capacity for 65% more patients, which would total 18,900 a year.