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  • Temporary Fairmount clinic on track to permanency

  • Progress is taking place to ensure that a temporary medical clinic in northwest Independence will become a permanent facility next year.

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  • Progress is taking place to ensure that a temporary medical clinic in northwest Independence will become a permanent facility next year.
    The Planning Commission unanimously approved a redevelopment plan and affirmed the existing blight designation for the property that includes the former Calico Cat Tavern near the southeast corner of U.S. 24 and Ash Avenue. Project officials are working to acquire the privately owned properties.
    The plan, announced last October, is to construct a new 8,000-square-foot medical clinic, which will permanently replace the temporary Truman Medical Centers facility – Fairmount Family Medical Care – in place since November.
    That first piece, to be completed within 18 months, also will include parking for the medical clinic to the south and a landscaped, open green space west. The temporary clinic will remain open during construction.
    No citizens spoke either in favor of or against the redevelopment plan and blight designation during Tuesday’s public hearing, but several commission members did voice their support.
    “It’ll be great for the area,” commission member Pat Campbell said.
    In October, District 1 City Council Member Marcie Gragg said the closure of Independence Regional Health Center in May 2007 left a gap in medical services for northwestern residents and that the new TMC facility “is a significant and solid step in realizing that goal.”
    “That’s something that’s really been needed there for a long time,” Planning Commission chairman Les Boatright said, “so I’m glad to see some movement toward it.”
     

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