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Warrensburg Health Center plans detailed

Architect Richard Jones explains the floorplan of  the new Warrensburg Health Center to the town Planning Board at their Nov. 20 meeting. The new main building, to be constructed next year, features many more exam rooms, a CAT scanner and about double the floorspace.

Architect Richard Jones explains the floorplan of the new Warrensburg Health Center to the town Planning Board at their Nov. 20 meeting. The new main building, to be constructed next year, features many more exam rooms, a CAT scanner and about double the floorspace. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The proposed new Warrensburg Health Center complex, to be developed mid-town this coming year, is planned to include a riverside park, a main building with far more exam rooms, and architecture featuring European-style towers with arches and glass.

Local officials said this week the health center complex will permanently transform the downtown streetscape.

Construction on the development, expected to cost about $8 million, is expected to begin this spring.

Richard Jones, the architect designing the new health center, presented the Warrensburg Town Planning Board Nov. 20 with sketches and a site plan. The board received the plan with enthusiasm and compliments.

“This is a welcome addition to our town,” planning board chairman Shale Miller said.

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The new Warrensburg Health Center, set for development in 2013, is to include towers with arches, glassed atrium areas, plus an an outdoor healing garden and colonnade.

With more than double the present floor space, the health center is expected to accommodate more patient visits and spur the growth of good-paying local jobs, officials said.

The expanded main health center is to be built close to Main St. and Richards Avenue.

The present health center, a former supermarket building located several hundred feet back from Main St., is to be torn down after the new health center is constructed — so patient care isn’t interrupted during the construction process.

Plans call for the old health center’s site to be developed for parking, now located toward Main St.

The rear of the health center campus is to be developed into a riverside park, Jones said.

“With its excellent vantage points of the river, this relocated park will provide scenic views,” Jones said, noting that as many mature trees as possible — including memorial plantings — will be relocated from the their existing sites to the new park.

Jones told the board the center’s architecture reflects influences of the historic Holy Cross Episcopal Church across Main St.

He said that the face of the health center would include stonework from locally mined materials.

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