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Village of Homer Planning Board Reviews Family Health Networks Proposed Medical Facility

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The Village of Homer Planning Board met on Wednesday at the Homer Town Hall, one of the items the board reviewed was the proposed construction of a state-of-the-art medical facility by the Family Health Network (FHN).

The proposed medical facility would be constructed behind FHN’s administrative and billing office on Route 281 in the Village of Homer. The building will include both Pediatric and OB/GYN services as well as same day acute care access for Family Health Network patients.

Access to the new facility would be from Technology Drive, the driveway entrance between Farm Credit East and the State Police Barracks. 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.

Plans for the building were already reviewed by the Cortland County Planning Board last week. The board voted unanimously to send their recommendations on the proposed project to the village planning board.

A concern was brought up by Board member Don Ferris on the possibility of those headed to the new facility being confused by where the entranceway would be. Representatives for Family Health said they will be working with the State Department of Transportation with signage on where they should be directed. It was also noted the facility is by appointment only and before patients arrive, they will be given directions on how to access the driveway via Technology Drive.

The board brought up the possible traffic volume for the facility. Board Members noted the traffic volume in the area, especially with bus traffic with the Homer Central Schools bus garage being located on nearby Copeland Ave.

Representatives said a traffic impact study will be conducted and look at the traffic volume and estimates if the facility is built at the intersections of Center Street, Copeland Ave., and the I81/281 Connector. It was unsure if the study will look at the driveway entrance to Homer High School.

No final decision was made by the Planning Board. The board did vote unanimously to have them be the lead agency on the site plan review application. The next Planning Board meeting is set for February 28th; it is expected a lighting plan and a traffic study will then be available for board members to review for the project.

Family Health Network has told X101 News they look to begin construction in late Spring.

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