By Emanuela Leaf
Construction of a new building for The Connecticut Institute for Communities Greater Danbury Community Health Center has begun.
The 36,000-square-foot, four-story, red-brick structure will house the Health Center’s pediatric and adolescent medical and behavioral health services, women’s health services, patient intake, enrollment and insurance assistance, a phlebotomy suite, a full-service pharmacy and administrative offices for the Health Center and headquarters for the institute, which is known as CIFC.
The site, located where the old Danbury police department used to be, at 120 Main St. in downtown Danbury, diagonally across the street from St. Peter Church, was the backdrop of the ground-breaking ceremony where Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Danbury Mayor Mark D. Boughton, CIFC President and Chief Executive Officer James H. Maloney, and CIFC Board Chair Dr. Francis J. Muska, joined by other project partners, broke ground.
The federally qualified health center will serve all people regardless of income or insurance; no one will be turned away.
When completed, the new building will bring approximately 60 new jobs to downtown Danbury, with a total annual payroll of approximately $6 million, which will be a substantial boost to the downtown economy.
The new building was designed by the architectural collaboration of Quicquaro Architects of Waterbury, and Quisenberry-Arcari Architects of Farmington, Conn. The building will be constructed by Verdi Construction Company of Bethel.
The financing for the building involved a complex mix of public and private funding. The State of Connecticut provided a grant of $4 million. Private commercial mortgage financing was provided by Eastern Bank of Boston, Mass., in participation with Union Savings Bank of Danbury, totaling approximately $6 million. Private investments through the Federal New Market Tax Credit program were provided in the net amount of approximately $5 million, through three NMTC investors — The Primary Care Development Corporation of New York; The Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation of Boston; and JPMorgan Chase of New York.
At the groundbreaking, Boughton said, “The Institute’s new building will mean the location of approximately 60 permanent new jobs to downtown Danbury, many of them high-paying positions such as physicians and advanced practice nurses, as well as approximately 100 full- and part-time jobs during the construction phase. All of this activity is a major benefit to the economic prosperity of our downtown, and the City of Danbury as a whole.”
Maloney said, “This new building will allow CIFC’s Greater Danbury Community Health Center to significantly expand our pediatric and women’s health services, as well as add entirely new services such as phlebotomy and a pharmacy on site. These expanded services will be very beneficial additions to community health care in Danbury. We look forward to having the building completed and placed into service by mid-2016, approximately one year from now.”
Currently, the CIFC Community Health Center of Greater Danbury offers a comprehensive range of primary care, including medical, dental and mental health services, on a sliding fee basis, to people of all ages: children, adolescents, adults and seniors, especially those who are medically underserved, at its 57 North St. location occupying Suites 309-311 in Danbury.
The Health Center serves the towns of Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Bridgewater, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield and Sherman.
To Make an Appointment
Appointments must be scheduled via telephone by calling (203) 743-0100. Same-day appointments are available if needed. To prepare for the appointment you should:
- Provide insurance information when you schedule the appointment.
- Be sure to bring your photo ID, proof of address and insurance information.
- If you don’t have insurance, you can complete an application for our Discounted Fee Schedule Program. Please bring proof of income to finish this application. You may also be eligible for HUSKY or insurance subsidies through Access Health CT. An eligibility specialist can help you determine if you’re eligible.
The Health Center will also provide school and sports physicals through the Mobile Health Van:
Thursday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 27, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m..
The location for all dates is at Danbury High School. Appointments prioritized; walk-ins seen first-come, first-served.
For more information, visit the Health Center’s website at http://www.ct-institute.org/