A ground breaking ceremony has been held for the Greater Danbury Community Health Center. A four-story, 36,000 square foot building is going up at the former police station site.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says the new building means permanent new jobs for downtown who will eat in local restaurants and shop locally. He says the building is going to be beautiful, and represents a $20 million investment in CityCenter.
Connecticut Institute for Communities CEO Jim Maloney says this is a major step forward in expanding their services. The building will house pediatric and adolescent medical and behavioral health services, comprehensive women's health services, an on site-blood sample suite, a full service pharmacy, administrative offices for the health center and headquarters for the Connecticut Institute.
A pharmacy will be on site. Anyone can enroll in the health center at no cost and use the deeply discounted facility. People without health insurance will be able to cut their bills by about two-thirds.
Maloney says existing staff will basically double from about 60 employees, to more than 120. Maloney expects $6 million a year in payroll for physicians, APRNs, front desk staff, medical assistants, clerical staff, billing, finance, legal, HR and front desk staff. He says it will be a significant shot in the arm economically for downtown Danbury.
The financing package involves a mix of public and private funding. The state is providing a $4 million grant. Governor Dannel Malloy was on hand for the ground breaking.
(Photo Courtesy: Governor Malloy)
There's private commercial mortgage financing totalling $6 million dollars and $5 million dollars from three federal New Market Tax Credit program investors.
Governor Malloy said, “We are pleased that the state can help move this project forward-- it will both enhance community health care in the Danbury area and also provide a major economic boost to the city’s downtown. Connecticut is making progress every day, driving unemployment to a seven-year low as we create tens of thousands of jobs. As we do that, we’re expanding health care access like never before. It is projects like this that demonstrate how we’re accomplishing both of those goals.”