A new medical exam and procedure building looks to be built by the Family Health Network (FHN) in the Village of Homer. During last night’s Cortland County Planning Board meeting, the county reviewed the proposed construction of the over 12,000 square foot state-of-the-art building.
The new facility would be located behind the current Family Health Network Administrative and Billing Office at 85 S. West Street (Route 281). The building will include both Pediatric and OB/GYN services as well as same day acute care access for Family Health Network patients.
The current pediatric services by Family Health that is located at 24 Groton Ave. will relocate to the new building sometime in late Spring 2025, FHN told X101 News. Family Health has also designed the building to allow for future expansion.
Hours of operation for the new facility will be Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm with the possibility of extended hours one or two days a week to 7pm; there is also the possibility of Saturday operations from 8am to 12pm.
The land where the Administrative building is located and where the new facility looks to be built was originally purchased by FHN back in 2016, with a goal to transition medical services from leased building arrangements to building ownership. Access to the new facility would be from Technology Drive, the driveway entrance between Farm Credit East and the State Police Barracks. New York State DOT will not allow driveway access via the administrative building due to traffic volume and proximity to the traffic light on Route 281.
The County Planning Board did bring up some concerns during the review. One was the accessibility of fire trucks in the event of a fire. Representatives for Family Health stated the Homer Fire Department reviewed the accessibility and had no issues with their apparatus reaching the building.
Another concern was the risk of flooding. Board members were concerned about the risk of flooding and flood control with the amount of retaining walls that are in the building plans (currently 4 walls). Drainage with piping is planned to be installed to mitigate flooding within the property. The Village of Homer when in review of the project plans to have an independent study done regarding flood control.
Overall, the County Planning Board voted unanimously to send their recommendations to the Village of Homer Planning Board. It is expected to be on the agenda for the village’s next meeting on January 24th. Family Health Network looks to begin construction of the new facility in late Spring of this year.