This story is an update to “Pay now or pay later: the North End Community Health Centre dilemma.”
After months of waiting to learn what action if any the province will take to help the North End Community Heath Centre with its crumbling building, the answer is finally in: the centre will move in 2017.
Currently, the centre is split between to locations: 2165 Gottingen Street, home to the primary care centre, and the Johanna B. Oosterveld Centre at 2013 Gottingen Street, home to the emergency dental clinic and Mobile Outreach Street Health. The NECHC Association owns the primary care centre and leases the JBO.
The new location is in the Major General Donald J. MacDonald Building at 2131 Gottingen Street. The centre will take over the ground and fifth floors, covering a total of 15,000 square feet, a 30-per-cent increase over the currently locations.
“Basically for two years we’ve been scouring Gottingen from Maitland to North streets,” says Rod Wilson, a physician and the centre’s executive director. He recently ran for the Liberals in the Halifax-Needham by-election, which he lost to NDP candidate Lisa Roberts.