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Plan for Deaconess Hospital site to get city board review

City officials this month will review plans by the Community Action Organization to relocate and expand a Head Start program while also setting up a new primary-care doctor's office on the vacant site of the former Deaconess Hospital.

The nonprofit wants to construct a new building at 563 Riley St. that would include a 34,000-square-foot early childhood facility and a 4,000-square-foot medical clinic. The 37,657-square-foot, one-story building would face Humboldt Parkway.

CAO would relocate its current True Bethel Head Start day care program, now located at 909 E.Ferry St., and enlarge it by adding an Early Head Start program. The new day care would include 15 classrooms, two gross-motor rooms, a cafeteria and a large playground in a central courtyard.

The Common Council will consider an application for a special-use permit, to allow the day care and clinic operations, while the Planning Board will conduct a public hearing on the site plan for the $8 million project on July 30.

Former Deaconess Hospital site eyed for day care, medical clinic, single-family houses

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