Mattapan residents are one step closer to having a brand new health center in Mattapan Square.
The Mattapan Community Health Center held a "top-off" ceremony today at the location at 1575 Blue Hill Ave.
The new four-story, 50,000 square-foot building will be much larger than the current center and will allow for more exam rooms, dental rooms, parking, and a bigger more-well-equipped lab. Along with the MCHC facility, the new building will also house a CVS, the first pharmacy in Mattapan Square in over 30 years, and a Citizens Bank. The $34 million construction project is expected to be completed by early summer 2012.
Dr. Azzie Young, President and CEO of MCHC, was on hand to greet participants, sign a construction beam that was hoisted to the top of the structure, and congratulate her team on their accomplishment.
“It’s a building that is going to help us increase access to health care and create jobs. We are very pleased with this,” she said.
Aside from health care, Young said that the actual building of the new structure has already brought 200 new jobs to the community.
City Councilor Charles Yancey also attended the ceremony to congratulate MCHC staff on their accomplishment.
“We are very proud of Dr. Azzie Young and the entire team at the MCHC for having the vision to invest in the life of the community,” he said.
Many in the community turned out to sign the construction beam. Eula Kirkland a long time Mattapan resident said the new center “is a blessing and a gift.”
Residents and MCHC staff weren’t the only ones who turned out for the event.
Linda Mcquillian, a Brookline resident and MCHC donor, also attended. She explained that the work the MCHC does is extremely important for the neighborhood.
“This is a really a life line for this neighborhood and it’s time they got a new building. These guys have been working in a really tiny facility for a long time and they have out grown it. The needs are growing and what they do is increasingly important,” she said.
The Rev. Gladys Lane of Canton also took in the excitement and left her mark on the beam. Although she is from Canton, she regularly visits MCHC and appreciates everything they do for the community.
“This will be great for the community because it will allow more people to get the health care they need,” she said.