Building to be razed for clinic; Abortion services have drawn protests.
Byline: Nick Kotsopoulos
WORCESTER - Planned Parenthood Planned Parenthood
A service mark used for an organization that provides family planning services. League of Massachusetts, which has operated a health center in the city since 1982, will be moving into a larger, more centrally located facility to be built on Pleasant Street, near Park Avenue.
A two-story medical office building at 470 Pleasant St. will be razed raze also rase
tr.v. razed also rased, raz·ing also ras·ing, raz·es also ras·es
1. To level to the ground; demolish. See Synonyms at ruin.
2. To scrape or shave off.
3. to make way for a new three-story building.
Planned Parenthood officials said the new facility is needed to meet the growing need for sexual and reproductive health Within the framework of WHO's definition of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, reproductive health, or sexual health/hygiene care in the region. They said the relocation RELOCATION, Scotch law, contracts. To let again to renew a lease, is called a relocation.
2. When a tenant holds over after the expiration of his lease, with the consent of his landlord, this will amount to a relocation. will also allow Planned Parenthood to enhance its educational programs and advocacy in Central Massachusetts.
"(Planned Parenthood) has a long history of providing important health care services in Massachusetts, and specifically in the city of Worcester," said Jackie Mansfield-Marcoux, director of the organization's Central Massachusetts Health Center. "We had more than 10,000 patient visits to our Worcester health center last year, the vast majority of which were for preventive care Preventive care is a set of measures taken in advance of symptoms to prevent illness or injury. This type of care is best exemplified by routine physical examinations and immunizations. The emphasis is on preventing illnesses before they occur. See also
Birth control by prevention of conception or impregnation. The most common method is sterilization. The most effective temporary methods are nearly 99% effective if used consistently and correctly. .
"Community demand for our services continues to grow, and building this health center will allow us to meet that demand in a more convenient location." she said.
Planned Parenthood operates a reproductive health care center on the upper end of Lincoln Street, near the Shrewsbury line, that is a frequent target of anti-abortion protesters. Officials with the organization have said the move to the new site is being driven by a need for more and higher-quality space closer to public transportation.
In May, Planned Parenthood purchased the property at 470 Pleasant St. with the intention of renovating the existing 33,000-square-foot medical building and constructing a 646-square-foot addition in the rear of the building.
The Planning Board Noun 1. planning board - a board appointed to advise the chief administrator
governance, governing body, organisation, administration, brass, establishment, organization - the persons (or committees or departments etc. had unanimously approved the parking lot plan for Planned Parenthood's future Pleasant Street home, based on those plans. But Planned Parenthood officials had to go back before the Planning Board last night seeking approval for an amendment to the original parking-lot plan.
Todd Rodman rod·man
One who carries and employs a leveling rod under the supervision of a surveyor. , a local lawyer representing Planned Parenthood, said the organization decided to have the existing medical office building on the site demolished de·mol·ish
tr.v. de·mol·ished, de·mol·ish·ing, de·mol·ish·es
1. To tear down completely; raze.
2. To do away with completely; put an end to.
3. so it can be replaced with a three-story building that will incorporate many "green building elements" - the use of recycled materials and energy-saving techniques.
But construction of the new building made changes necessary in the previously-approved parking lot plans, he said.
Mr. Rodman said city zoning requires at least 41 off-street parking spaces for the project. He said the reconfigured parking lot will have 47 spaces, which is three more parking spaces than what was called for in the original plans. The existing parking lot will also be repaved, he said.
In addition, Mr. Rodman said access to the parking lot will be restricted to Dewey Street, which runs off Pleasant Street. He said the curb cut curb cut
A small ramp built into the curb of a sidewalk to ease passage to the street, especially for bicyclists, pedestrians with baby carriages, and physically disabled people. on Pleasant Street that also provides access to the parking lot will be eliminated.
Mr. Rodman said the internal traffic circulation of the new parking lot will be an improvement over what exists.
No one spoke in opposition to the amended parking-lot plan, which was the only aspect of the project before the Planning Board. Under the city's zoning, medical clinics are an allowed use in that area.
District 4 City Councilor coun·cil·or also coun·cil·lor
A member of a council, as one convened to advise a governor. See Usage Note at council.
coun Barbara G. Haller, whose district includes the Pleasant and Dewey streets area, said the new building will be a substantial upgrade aesthetically for the neighborhood. She said it has the support of neighborhood residents and business owners.
Stephen T. Patton, executive director of Worcester Common Ground Inc., also spoke in support of the changes.
He said his organization owns properties in the area and is an abutter to the Pleasant Street site.
In a prepared statement, Diane Luby, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood, said her organization will continue its commitment to strengthen the community fabric of Worcester.
"We will continue to work collaboratively with a broad coalition of schools, organizations, parents, clergy and policymakers to encourage and promote strong families in the heart of the commonwealth," Ms. Luby said.
NAME: WORCESTER PLANNING BOARD