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Medfirst to open center in Lancaster

Medfirst Urgent Care plans to open a second urgent care center on Transit Road in Lancaster, with the help of tax breaks through the Lancaster Industrial Development Agency.

Medfirst, which currently operates an urgent care facility on Sheridan Drive in Amherst, plans to open a second center in a 5,775-square-foot building it intends to construct at 4827 Transit Road, IDA officials said.

The Medfirst center will offer extended hours of care for minor illnesses and injuries and provide services that typically are not available at the office of a primary care physician. Medfirst officials also tout urgent care facilities as an alternative to emergency rooms for the treatment of less serious injuries or illnesses.

The center is expected to employ 10 full-time and 20 part-time workers, IDA officials said.
Local IDAs in recent years have grappled with the issue of whether urgent care facilities should receive tax breaks. The Amherst Industrial Development Agency three years ago granted, then revoked, nearly $200,000 in tax breaks for Exigence LLC's plan to build an urgent care facility on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Paul R. Leone, a consultant to the Lancaster IDA, said Tuesday that Medfirst is seeking tax breaks for the $2.8 million Transit Road project because it would provide urgent care services that otherwise are not available in that part of the region.

"There is not this type of immediate care in Lancaster and Elma," Leone said.

The value of the tax breaks that Medfirst could receive has not been determined, Leone said. The project likely would qualify for tax breaks that last for seven years.

The IDA has scheduled a public hearing on the Medfirst project for 4:10 p.m. April 8 in Lancaster Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

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