The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

December 20, 2013

Medical office move hits speed bump

Village withdraws variance request for old gas station property

By HOWARD BALABAN howard.balaban@journal-register.com
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — The Medina satellite office of United Memorial Medical Center is preparing to move from Ohio Street to Maple Ridge Road.

That move may be delayed a bit, however.

Facility relocation was originally on the agenda for the Orleans County Planning Board Thursday night, but according to board Chairman Brian Napoli, the requested variance for the property was pulled at the request of the Village of Medina.

“Due to SEQR findings, they put the request on hold,” Napoli said.

SEQR stands for State Environmental Quality Review, a required process to determine whether a building project or siting will have any adverse effects on the local environment.

Napoli noted that there have been several gas stations along Maple Ridge Road in the past and that may have played a role in the delay.

Meanwhile, the satellite office currently houses personnel who handle women’s health services in the area. The building itself is owned by Orleans Community Health.

“The new location offers the space we need and we thought it was an easily accessed space,” said Colleen Flynn, UMMC director of community relations.

As for the relationship between Batavia-based UMMC and OCH, Flynn said it is cooperative. She noted that it began in 2010, when Medina Memorial Hospital announced it would no longer provide delivery services for pregnant women.

“We wanted to give women a chance to have access to ob/gyn care,” Flynn said, pointing out that the office provides prenatal, obstetrical and gynecological exams. Deliveries are at UMMC.

As for the new location on Maple Ridge Road, the building formerly housed a convenience store and Mobil gas station. UMMC is working on renovation plans with the developer, which owns the building, and once the project is completed the hospital will look to sign a long-term lease, Flynn said.

The move was originally slated to take place some time in late spring 2014. The SEQR delay could push that date back.