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Proposal would expand health care in underserved neighborhood


If everything falls into place, a Lovejoy area project will mix housing and health care.

Working with New York City developer Larry Regan, the Matt Urban Center plans conversion of the old Monarch Knitting mill on Doat Street into community space and 74 apartments. The project also includes a a new 8,200 square foot building for Jericho Road Community Health Center.

"We'll create spaces where, not only will there be rooms for doctors to see patients, but there'll be maybe a behavioral health specialist and a care coordinator and a diabetic counselor, a nutritionist," explained Jericho Road founder and CEO Doctor Myron Glick.

Doctor Glick says this third-location for Jericho Road will serve a mix of local African-Americans and the growing communities of immigrants in the area.

Jericho Road has been serving the area for over 20 years. They've grown to three city locations.

"It's just a matter of scale and by expanding we get a chance to help more people. So, the need is still great for primary care in a place like Buffalo," Glick said.

While both projects are going through the city regulatory process and the housing piece was just given an extension on plans to rehab the old Monarch Knitting mill, Doctor Glick says the health center plan isn't quite definite.