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Growing Amherst medical practice plans to move down North Forest Road

Audubon Women's Medical Associates hopes to move by this fall into new, larger space in an Amherst medical office building to accommodate growth in the practice and new services provided by its employees.

The OB-GYN practice has been located since 1995 in an 8,600-square-foot office at 1360 N. Forest Road, near Maple Road, said Allison Raffaele, the practice administrator. It has found a new location at the Millersport Highway end of North Forest Road, at 2240 and 2250 N. Forest Road, about a mile and a half from the current site.

Audubon Women's Medical Associates has 33 employees, including seven physicians and five nurse practitioners, and it receives 32,000 patient visits annually. The thriving practice, and the addition of new services such as mental health counseling and a health and nutrition coach, prompted Audubon Women's Medical Associates to seek out a bigger location, Raffaele said. The staff wanted to stay close to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, where its physicians perform deliveries and surgeries.

"We really need bigger space," Raffaele said. The new office building will be 14,500 square feet.

The two-acre property is in the town's Audubon new community district zone and required a rezoning from suburban agricultural to local center, which allows for medical office buildings.

The Town Board approved the rezoning at its December meeting, but with conditions that included a fence along one side of the property, a 15-year prohibition on building any structure taller than one story or 22 feet and a ban on opening a restaurant with a drive-through on the site, according to Ellen M. Kost, an associate planner with the town.

A survey of the property also discovered architecturally significant artifacts in the northwest corner of the property, and that area will be left undisturbed, Kost said.

The town Planning Board will take up the site plan application for the project at its Feb. 16 meeting.

Kulback's is the developer. There is an existing house and garage on the site that need to be demolished, Raffaele said.

She said Kulback's plans to begin construction as soon as the site plan is approved and the demolition permit is granted.

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