The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center is undertaking an expansion of its health center facility in Arverne, a community on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, NYC.
Addabbo’s $16.3 million investment enabled the City to provide a vacant lot for the 18,000-square-foot expansion.
The project will more than double the clinic’s exam room capacity and allow them to add more specialty medical practices (podiatry, endocrinology and ophthalmology) in an area of the borough that is federally designated as medically underserved.
Furthermore, the Addabbo Health Center expansion is expected to create 59 new full-time jobs and 97 construction jobs. At least half of the permanent jobs will be filled through HireNYC.
HireNYC is a program that connects low-income New York City residents to job opportunities created by NYC economic development projects.
NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen said in a release announcing the project that the expansion of the Addabbo Health Center is the kind of targeted economic development investment that lifts up entire neighborhoods.
The Addabbo Health Center expansion project was selected after NYCEDC issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in Sept 2013. The RFP sought projects that would create jobs and support the local economy while also providing needed services and amenities to the Arverne neighborhood and surrounding parts of the Rockaway Peninsula.
Addabbo opened the existing 36,000-square-foot facility on an adjacent part of the same lot in 2006. It has since become a critical resource for Southeast Queens communities that lack medical facilities and practitioners.
It’s also an economic engine for the region, supporting 311 full-time equivalent jobs, a majority of which are staffed by local residents. In addition to providing more jobs for residents through HireNYC, Addabbo will also be making efforts to achieve a 35 percent participation rate by minority, women-owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises in the construction of the expanded facility.
New York State Senator James Sanders said in the release that he encourages his constituents to participate in HireNYC and take advantage of this tremendous resource and opportunity to put Arverne on the path to true economic development.
New York State Assemblywoman Michele Titus likewise said that the Addabbo Family Health Center expansion is exactly the kind of transformative investment the community needs – not only will vital medical services be provided, but jobs will be created which will give a huge boost to Rockaway’s local economy.
NYC Economic Development Corporation President Kyle Kimball said in the release that the Addabbo Health Center expansion demonstrates how City assets can be optimized using a double bottom-line approach – catalyzing significant private investment while creating good jobs and delivering medial services to an area that needs them.