AUBURN — Neighbors are on board with the proposed construction of a medical office building on Hooksett Road, said planning board secretary Denise Royce.
Manchester-based Catholic Medical Center is working with the planning board on its intention to build a family medical center building immediately off Exit 2 of Route 101, on the plot of land home to Holidays Bar and Grill.
During a public hearing before the board this week, residents with property near the proposed construction site had an opportunity to weigh in on the plans. Royce said the abutters’ response was largely positive.
“The abutters were really liking the idea,” she said. “It’s obviously quite different than a restaurant. A restaurant ends up staying open later, so this will be much quieter.”
The medical center would most likely be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with no weekend hours, Royce said.
During the summer months, Holidays Bar and Grill had been closed Mondays, but open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Royce said although the abutters are hopeful the medical center will bring less traffic their way, some were still concerned about lighting from the property and asked whether the building would have an illuminated sign at night.
“The hospital said they’d be more than willing to work with the abutters,” Royce said.
Besides its main campus on Manchester’s West Side, Catholic Medical Center also has doctor’s offices in various city locations, as well as in Bedford, Goffstown and Hooksett. Its New England Heart Institute has offices in Manchester and Nashua.
Royce said the proposed property in Auburn, a 7,900 square foot, one-story medical office building, will be similar in structure to the hospital’s new urgent care center in Bedford.
“They’re going to have doctor’s offices located in the building, as well as possibly radiology, so they’ll be able to take X-rays and do lab work and things like that,” she said.
Representatives from Catholic Medical Center were unavailable for comment Thursday.
The next step in the project is for hospital officials to meet with the town’s zoning board on Aug. 28, and then return to the planning board in September.
“If it all goes well with zoning, it can get conditional approval at that time,” Royce said.
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