Medical center plans are still in the works
By JULIE WEISBERG - Staff Reporter
May, 28, 2010
BARKHAMSTED — The developer hoping to build Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s new medical center along Route 44 in Barkhamsted continues to move forward with the project, as the company is now in the midst of finalizing the facility’s engineering plans.
The Torrington-based Borghesi Building & Engineering Company is proposing to construct a one-story, 18,290-square-foot commercial health services building at 390 New Hartford Road, next door to Mallory Brook Plaza.
The plan includes a large parking area, emergency medical clinic, cardiac rehabilitation center and a helipad for emergency medical helicopter landings.
Barkhamsted’s Inland Wetlands Commission unanimously approved the application in February.
Alan Borghesi, president of the building and engineering company, told The Journal Monday he has not yet submitted another application to the town related to the project.
He added, however, that it should take about another two months to complete the engineering work.
“And from there, things should move pretty quickly,” Borghesi said.
Currently, Charlotte Hungerford operates an emergency medical clinic at the Winsted Health Center daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Torrington hospital is the health center’s largest tenant.
In addition to the emergency clinic, Charlotte Hungerford runs cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs, as well as blood drawing, laboratory, X-ray and digital mammography services at the Spencer Street facility. The hospital’s four-bed Hungerford Regional Sleep Laboratory is also located there.
Charlotte Hungerford announced it was looking into the possibility of moving out of the Spencer Street facility last fall.
Before construction can begin on the project, however, the proposal must receive final approval from the hospital’s board of directors. The hospital currently is conducting its own financial feasibility study to ensure that the cost to lease out space in the new building will not be too high.
Once the cost pricing portion of the project is completed, Borghesi will present the plan to the hospital’s board for approval.
If members give it the green light, construction on the new center will move forward.
Jim Elliot, a spokesman for the hospital, said Tuesday there has been no final decision or vote taken by the board on the proposed Barkhamsted facility.
Winsted’s Water Pollution Control Authority is also involved in reviewing the project, as sewer lines would have to be extended to and from the facility, if it is built.
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